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Ray Lawless, prominent defense attorney and father of Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless, tries his biggest case yet defending an accused serial murderer and arsonist whom the media has dubbed "The Fireman." Ray's client is eventually convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, though he proclaims his innocence to the end, and a few days later, he kills himself in his cell.

But someone in The Fireman's life can't let go, and, blaming Ray for the man's death, ...

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Overview

Ray Lawless, prominent defense attorney and father of Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless, tries his biggest case yet defending an accused serial murderer and arsonist whom the media has dubbed "The Fireman." Ray's client is eventually convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, though he proclaims his innocence to the end, and a few days later, he kills himself in his cell.

But someone in The Fireman's life can't let go, and, blaming Ray for the man's death, plots a meticulous revenge. Both Jane and her brother Peter, who is already under terrible stress because of a troubled marriage, feel the heat of the avenger's plan.

But Jane is intimately familiar with danger, and she's never been one to shrink from a fight. With the help of her best friend Cordelia, Jane sets out to discover why this person is so determined to undo her family. When she begins to dig into The Fireman's life, the puzzle unravels, leading Jane to a final confrontation with someone bent on making the Lawlesses pay, perhaps with their lives.

Immaculate Midnight is a taught, dynamic installment in an award-winning series.

2002 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Lesbian Mystery

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Publishers Weekly
When suspected arsonist and serial killer Bobby Alto commits suicide in his cell and it doesn't end the Twin Cities murders, Jane Lawless begins to wonder whether a "psycho [has] declared open season" on everyone involved in the case or if the dreaded Midnight Man is still on the loose. Jane's father, who was Bobby's defense attorney, is in danger, and so is Jane herself, as it seems the Alto family contains more than one seriously disturbed member in Immaculate Midnight, Ellen Hart's 11th mystery starring the lesbian restaurateur and amateur detective. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Prominent Minneapolis defense attorney Ray Lawless, father of restaurant owner/ lesbian sleuth Jan (The Merchant of Venus), defends a serial arsonist/murderer who commits suicide in jail. The suicide's father then plots revenge on Ray and Jane. Great plotting and fine characterization. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole for multiple casualties incurred in the course of his burning things down, Bobby Alto, dubbed the "Midnight Man" by the Minneapolis press, is hoping his lawyer, Ray Lawless, can win the pending appeal. Alas, he can't, and Bobby soon becomes a casualty himself, killed during a knife fight in Stillwater State Prison. In rapid succession, Lawless, his lesbian daughter Jane, and his son Peter, on the verge of a reconciliation with his estranged wife Sigrid, all receive ominous anonymous letters. Then Sigrid is attacked and has to be hospitalized, Jane finds that someone has stashed a cache of dope in her restaurant office, and Ray admits to his law associate Elizabeth that he thinks his family is being targeted because of the Midnight Man outcome. Was Bobby Alto really the homicidal arsonist? Are his brother, his dad, his mom, his seriously needy gal pal Taylor, and his best buddy Barrett Sweeny out to avenge him? Peter's too consumed with worry over Sigrid to investigate, and Ray Lawless is too busy chastely pursuing Elizabeth and trying to make sense of a psychiatrist's notes, so it's up to Jane and her flamboyantly outre chum, theater director Cordelia Thorn (The Merchant of Venus, 2001, etc.), to interpret tarot cards and ultimately waylay a ski-masked perp with a prop gun. Things are lively whenever Cordelia's around. Otherwise, a fairly stodgy examination of the Lawless men's troubled marriages and Jane's passion for a younger woman and a runaway dog.
. - Whitney Scott
Three cheers! Cordelia Thorne, one of the best sidekicks ever to grace the pages of mysteries, is more or less in trim again. If she hasn't nearly the acerbic bite and wit, not to mention the word count, that Jane Lawless series fans might want her to have, she's got her larger-than-life diva theatricality back, none too soon after the wishy-washy mouther of family homilies she was in The Merchant of Venus (2001). Meanwhile, Jane is still recovering from injuries and grieving the death of her do
.. - Ethel Smith
Prominent Minneapolis defense attorney Ray Lawless, father of restaurant owner/ lesbian sleuth Jan (The Merchant of Venus), defends a serial arsonist/murderer who commits suicide in jail. The suicide's father then plots revenge on Ray and Jane. Great plotting and fine characterization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312313654
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Jane Lawless Series , #11
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Hart, three-time Lambda Award winner and two-time Minnesota Book Award winner, is the author of nine previous Jane Lawless mysteries, including most recently The Merchant of Venus, which is also a finalist for both awards, and the Sophie Greenway mystery series. She lives in Minneapolis.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting amateur sleuth mystery

    The Midnight Man is an arsonist, who drugs his victims and then sets fires to their homes, making it look like it was an accidental death. All told there were five victims but the police linked Bobby Alto to two of them. Defense attorney Raymond Lawless thought he could get his client off but the jury found him guilty and he lost on appeal. <P>Alto¿s father Conrad blames Raymond for his son¿s conviction and swears to get even. Raymond, his son Peter and his daughter Jane receive in the mail tarot cards. When the Lawless family compare notes, they believe somebody in the Alto family has targeted them. Jane, who hates to feel helpless investigates the family, a move that saves her and her sister in law from a sociopath killer. <P>The Jane Lawless mysteries just keep on getting better and better. In IMMACULATE MIDNIGHT, readers are given a glimpse into the lives of Jane¿s immediate family and this makes the audience fail a connection to the protagonists. As a counterpoint to the caring Lawless family, the Alto¿s are a dysfunctional disunity that readers will pity and detest. Ellen Hart has written another exciting amateur sleuth mystery. <P>Harriet Klausner

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