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"Sigler delivers again in this fiercely creepy page-turner."--San Jose Mercury News

"If you're a fan of police procedurals from Michael Connolly, Elmore Leonard or Joseph Wambaugh and you miss the bio-tech science fiction of the late, great Michael Crichton, you'll find "Nocturnal" a treat."--Huntington News  

"Sigler is in full control of his talent for sharp characterization and amazing visualization." -- Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

"Red meat for readers who wish Harry Potter had swapped his YA credentials for a badge and gun." -- Kirkus Reviews 

"Some of the most beautiful carnage we've seen in ages."--io9.com 

"A terrifying science thriller that reads like Silence of the Lambs as written by Michael Crichton. Inventive and deeply disturbing." -- Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Code

"Will make the end-of-year favorite lists for mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, horror, and yes, just plain old fiction, period. If you are a fan of genre fiction, you have to read Nocturnal."--BookReporter.com

"For fans of realistically presented horror fiction, this is a must-read.”--Booklist

"A hugely enjoyable read by an author who continues to grow."--British Fantasy Society 
 
"One of the most original pieces of genre fiction I have read in a long time. Sigler is like Stephen King with a huge dose of testosterone and adrenaline."--Crimespree Magazine 

About the Author

New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler is the author of NOCTURNAL, ANCESTOR, INFECTED and CONTAGIOUS, hardcover thrillers from Crown Publishing; and the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series (THE ROOKIE, THE STARTER, THE ALL-PRO and THE MVP).

Before he was published, Scott built a large online following by giving away his self-recorded audiobooks as free, serialized podcasts. His loyal fans, who named themselves "Junkies," have downloaded over eight million individual episodes of his stories and interact daily with Scott and each other in the social media space.

Scott reinvented book publishing when he released EARTHCORE as the world's first "podcast-only" novel. Released in twenty weekly episodes, EARTHCORE harkened back to the days of serialized radio fiction. His innovative use of technology puts him at the forefront of modern-day publishing and has garnered brand-name exposure among hundreds of thousands of fiction fans and technology buffs. 

He's been covered in Time Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria. He still records his own audiobooks and gives away every story - for free - to his Junkies at ScottSigler.com.

A Michigan native, Scott lives in San Francisco but still roots for his beloved Detroit Lions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307952754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307952752
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul Cassel VINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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This novel starts out at a plain police procedural but then adds another minor layer. As it proceeds it adds yet another layer then another and then it starts to twist them making the reader as well as the novel's subjects constantly revise their beliefs about what exactly is going on and what they are facing.

The skill of the author is apparent because these layers, these twists, these new developments never cloud the narrative power of the book. Instead they add to it. So you have elements which could be related to any police story (crime, whodunit, how to find them) mixed in with several personal stories involving the players' relationships with their families and finally a citywide mystery somewhat reminiscent of Gaiman's _Neverwhere_ book.

Finally toward the final third of the book, you are off on a fantastic adventure involving the initially mundane characters of the police procedure but somehow you are buying into it as if it were just one more commonplace 'police catches the bad guy after a chase' book.

Let's say this chase is one you've never encountered before. I don't wish to say more because I don't wish to give any spoilers. Highly recommended. A really fine read and as the cliche has it, 'impossible to put down'.
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This is the first book by Scott Sigler that I have read. I am a big fan of horror novels and thrillers, so this sounded right up my alley when I found it. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed. This was quite a long book - well over 550 pages long. The chapters were short, which keeps the reader actively engaged in the story. The narrative is very well-written and the characters are deep; it was easy to get sucked into the freakish world that Sigler had created. The novel is fast-paced; so even though it was long, it didn't take very long to read. I couldn't put it down. The plot had so many twists and interesting ideas that it truly keeps the reader on their toes and trying to figure out what is going on - right up to the very last chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror novels, thrillers, and things that go bump in the night.
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In my opinion, Scott Sigler is the best horror novelist writing today. His characters are believable without being predictable and his research is first rate. As a bit of a gun nut myself, nothing is more aggravating as when a well-meaning author messes up on issues of magazine capacity or stopping power. Sigler avoids this pitfall by taking the time to learn about the background elements of his story before he publishes. Utilizing short chapters, he draws you into worlds that are alien, yet disturbingly comfortable. While some may object to my headline reference to Stephen King, I would simply state that I've read dozens of King's books and lately I've felt consistently disappointed by crummy endings. Sigler's books always wrap up in a powerful, satisfying and plausible manner, leaving me happy to have read them. What struck me most about this book was the way my feelings towards the main characters evolved as I progressed through the story. I couldn't put this book down.
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NOCTURNAL by Scott Sigler is a most curious creature. In all my years of reading I can't remember coming across a book quite like it. This isn't because NOCTURNAL features some brand new theme or idea, but because it is a book that showcases Sigler's evolution as an author and still manages to be an inferior novel than its predecessors. Considered to be Sigler's most ambitious novel to date, NOCTURNAL is a supernatural police procedural with a score of highs and lows.

Monsters lurk in the ruins of San Francisco's past, striking out at night to hunt for those who won't be missed in order to sake their blood thirst. Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is drawn to this dark secret by a crop of serial murders that bear chilling resemblance to his own twisted dreams. With his partner, Pookie Chang by his side, Bryan must uncover the mystery of Marie's Children and the shadowy vigilante known as Savior who kills the killers with supernatural strength.

I was pumped to read NOCTURNAL, a whopping 500+ page urban fantasy police procedural from the notably twisted mind of Scott Sigler. Having recently read Sigler's INFECTED, I expected no small amount of depravity and gore. INFECTED was a rough novel in many regards but it showed a certain potential that I was keen to see develop. NOCTURNAL being Sigler's latest piece of fiction, displays many of the ways his writing has improved over the ensuing years. The pacing is much more steady and deliberate this time around. I wouldn't jump to call this book a slow burner but much more time is spent getting the ducks in a row. The characters, by and large, are infinitely more likable and believable as well. And yet despite this progression NOCTURNAL still seems to be the lesser novel.
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Scott Sigler has become my favorite author and single handedly got me reading horror. Before I read (and listened to) his books I stayed away form horror at all costs. His plots are thick with unpredictable twists, interesting sub plots, and lots of action. This book is no different; I haven't finished it yet but I can't put it down. I listened to the podcast of this book when he originally turned it into a podcast as he wrote it. It was great then and has many changes that make it even better now. If you haven't read or listened to Scott before look up his other books, to include his self published series.

I think it says a lot about him that he can get a book this long published so early in his (to be long) career. I believe Scott Sigler will be a huge star with many movies based on his books. He's like a mix of Steven King, George Lucas, and Gene Roddenberry but with harder science and less utopia to make things more believable.
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