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"Tom Piccirilli writes like a crazed banshee.  I love his work."—Ken Bruen, author of The Guards and Ammunition

"Tom Piccirilli's fiction is visceral and unflinching, yet deeply insightful.  If you miss Piccirilli you're missing one hell of a treat."—-F. Paul Wilson, author of The Keep and Harbingers

"Piccirilli is the  master of that strange, thrilling turf where horror, suspense and crime share shadowy borders. Wherever he's headed, count me in."—Duane Swierczynski, author of The Wheelman and The Blonde

About the Author

Tom Piccirilli is the author of fourteen novels, including A Choir of Ill Children, November Mourns, and Headstone City, all available from Bantam Spectra. He has been a World Fantasy Award finalist and a four-time Bram Stoker Award winner. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553384082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384086
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christine Menendez on August 5, 2007
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There are two writers extant who can bring me to tears, to real
laughter, and sometimes, to screaming in frustration or anger. One
of them is Tom Piccirilli. When I first picked up The Midnight
Road, I remembered, at once, the very first line of the book from a
little taste given at the back of his last novel, The Dead Letters:
"Flynn remembered the night of his death more clearly than any
other in his life." Wow! And, of course I read through that little
taste and decided Ihad to stay alive for another year or so to
finally read the entire book. Which I have. Twice. Wow!

This is the story of Flynn, a forty year old man who carries enough
grief and pain and regret to fuel an entire city. Everyone he loved
died, but the worst death was that of his brother, thirty years
gone. Flynn still drives the Charger in which is brother and
girlfriend met their ends. He is a deeply flawed, deeply empathetic
man who works for Child Protection Services just to try and ease or
prevent yet more suffering. Too many people think that a guy
working for CPS is a potential pederast, and don't look kindly on
him. In trying to save a child and her naked and scarred autistic brother who was locked in a
cage from their nutsoid gun-toting mom, Flynn gets to die. For
twenty-eight minutes. (not a record!) After that, everything goes
downhill. People start falling dead around him, and the cops think
he's involved. Which he is, but not in the way they think. So he
has to find out what's going on.

Good story. Terrific story, in fact, studded with all kinds of
oddities. Like the ghost dog who died along with Flynn and then
came back to haunt him, still wearing plastic booties and a
sweater.
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Tom Piccirilli peoples his novels with the strange and eccentric characters whom we all know in real life. It's a gift few authors can match. He guides us expertly through their oddities and into a very real world, the one existing outside our own doors, and we're forced to wonder: how am I so fortunate to not have experienced this very thing?

THE MIDNIGHT ROAD is no exception. It flows expertly from the powerful opening scene, and in the end closes by echoing not just themes from the beginning of the novel, but from the beginning of the story--which is not the same thing.

Dark but not disturbing. Thoroughly engaging. Fast paced, but not neck breaking. Woven together with all the right words and none of those extraneous, useless words that can often be found littering the pages of other books. I can't say THE MIDNIGHT ROAD is just the latest in a line of increasingly powerful, poetic, and intriguing novels; that would understate things. Piccirilli has gotten better with every book, more subtle and more straight-forward and more direct and more accessible.

I highly recommend it.
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Flynn may be the luckiest man alive. If, that is, your definition of "lucky" includes being harassed by a dead talking dog and having the folks around you dropping dead at an alarming rate.

The Midnight Road is a great novel full of twists and turns and blind curves. Piccirilli is a maniac behind the wheel and he's got the pedal pressed all the way to the floor from the opening lines right through to the final, breathtaking conclusion.

For those who are already fans, we've got Piccirilliesque oddball characters trapped in bizarre situations, trying to bust through the wall, but on this outing, the man has taken his usual fluid style, dipped it in gasoline and set it aflame. For new fans, what are you waiting for?

This book, like the ones that've come before, only solidifies Piccirilli's position as absolutely one of the best crime writers working today.
That's all folks, I've gushed enough (never!). Buy the book, fasten your seatbelts and don't blink. You don't want to miss a word of this one.
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Piccirilli's new novel, The Midnight Road (June 2007; Bantam) is his best to date.
He has the knack to make memorable characters and a realistic plot; his voice is truly chilling and original. This is a well-mastered beautiful piece of literature that brings suspense and wonder--very unsettling.
If your a fan od Dean Koontz, this novel would be a great read for you.
A lyricaly compelling thriller!

--Joseph McGee, author of In the Wake of the Night, Phil's Place and Darkness Won't Rest: Phils Place II
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If you've read the book description and taken advantage of Amazon's "look inside" feature to read an excerpt from this book you know what the story is about. After crashing into a frozen lake and being revived after 28 minutes underwater Flynn is convinced he has died , on the midnight road, in the same car his brother died in 30 years before.

The story is violent, sad, depressing and ,yes, at times hard to believe we're dealing with a person from child protective services but this is fiction, after all, and Piccirilli at his best.

Have you ever seen the "Men in black" movie, with the cigar-smoking dog named Frank? This book had a hallucinatory dog named Zero and as far as I'm concerned he was the protagonist of the book, not Flynn. I'm sorry , I just couldn't keep my mind in the right serious mystery/thriller mode with that fool dog making snide, snarky, insightful remarks. I'm sure it was hard to keep his machismo on, wearing a white sweater and booties, but he managed with aplomb.

Rock on, little Zero!
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