The Midnight Club

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John Stefanovich, a tough New York cop, has one mission in life—to nab Alexandre St. Germain, the most treacherous and powerful member of the Midnight Club—a secret international society whose membership is limited to an elite group of ruthless crime czars, all of whom are "respectable" businessmen. Blasted by St. Germain's shotgun, Stef is left in a wheelchair, but no less determined. With the help...
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Overview

"Guaranteed: you'll devour this yarn-burner in one sitting."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
John Stefanovich, a tough New York cop, has one mission in life—to nab Alexandre St. Germain, the most treacherous and powerful member of the Midnight Club—a secret international society whose membership is limited to an elite group of ruthless crime czars, all of whom are "respectable" businessmen. Blasted by St. Germain's shotgun, Stef is left in a wheelchair, but no less determined. With the help of a beautiful journalist and a Harlem cop, Stef is determined to crack the Midnight Club And he's up against odds that are as unknown as they are deadly....
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New York Daily News
"Guaranteed: you'll devour this yarn-burner in one sitting."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edgar-winner Patterson ( The Jericho Commandment )he is also chairman of J. Walter Thompson USAalmost captures the slick, conspiracy-theory giddiness of pre- Prizzi Richard Condon. While leading a raid against top drug-dealer Alexandre (``the Grave Dancer'') St.-Germain, New York police Lieutenant John (``Stef'') Stefanovitch is caught in a devastating ambush and crippled. French-born St.-Germain, enforcing and enjoying his harsh, ``street law'' terror, kills Stef's wife. Two years later St.-Germain is gunned down in a posh Manhattan brothel. Hidden videotapes catch St.-Germain asking, ``Is it the Midnight Club?'' Wheelchair-bound Stef, with true-crime bestselling writer Sarah McGinniss, starts to uncover an international crime cartel making billions a year, and a secret NYPD execution squad. Plenty of gore, many plot twistssome quite murkyand a little sex will keep readers turning pages up to the melodramatic, rather unlikely ending.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446606387
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Biography

James Patterson had been working as a very successful advertising copywriter when he decided to put his Masters degree in English to a somewhat different use. Inspired by bestselling hair-raising thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Exorcist, Patterson went to work on his first novel. Published in 1976, The Thomas Berryman Number established him as a writer of tightly constructed mysteries that move forward with the velocity of a bullet. For his startling debut, Patterson was awarded the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Mystery Novel—an auspicious beginning to one of the most successful careers in publishing.

A string of gripping standalone mysteries followed, but it was the 1992 release of Along Came a Spider that elevated Patterson to superstar status. Introducing Alex Cross, a brilliant black police detective/forensic psychologist, the novel was the first installment in a series of bestselling thrillers that has proved to be a cash cow for the author and his publisher.

Examining Patterson's track record, it's obvious that he believes one good series deserves another…maybe even a third! In 2001, he debuted the Women's Murder Club with 1st to Die, a fast-paced thriller featuring four female crime fighters living in San Francisco—a homicide detective, a medical examiner, an assistant D.A., and a cub reporter. The successful series has continued with other numerically titled installments. Then, spinning off a set of characters from a previous novel (1998's When the Wind Blows), in 2005 he published Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. Featuring a "flock" of genetically engineered flying children, the novel was a huge hit, especially with teen readers, and spawned a series of vastly popular fantasy adventures.

In addition to continuing his bestselling literary franchises, Patterson has also found time to co-author thrillers with other writers—including Peter de Jonge, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro, and Howard Roughan—and has even ventured into romance (Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, Sam's Letters to Jennifer) and children's literature (santaKid). Writing at an astonishing pace, this prolific author has turned himself into a one-man publishing juggernaut, fulfilling his clearly stated ambition to become "the king of the page-turners."

Good To Know

Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas was inspired by a diary his wife kept that tracked the development of their toddler son.

Two of Patterson's Alex Cross mysteries (Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls) have been turned into films starring Morgan Freeman; in 2007, a weekly television series premiered, based on the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels.

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    1. Hometown:
      Palm Beach, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 22, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newburgh, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
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Chapter One


Long Beach, New York, March 1986


THE NIGHT THAT John Stefanovitch was shot couldn't have been colder, or the stars more dazzling in high winter skies.

Shortly past midnight, Stefanovitch tramped down the creaking, solidly frozen boardwalk at Long Beach. He was humming "Surfer Girl," one of those awful beach-town ditties that could usually bring a smile to his lips. Stefanovitch's eyes stayed sharply focused. They very carefully swept the silent, gritty beachfront neighborhood.

The Grave Dancer was nearby. Stefanovitch felt it all through his body. It was a second sense he had sometimes, almost a paranormal gift. The scumbucket he had been tracking for almost two years was so close it made his skin crawl.

He finally arrived back on Florida Street, the desolate side lane where he and his detectives had agreed to gather. Actually, he'd been there ten minutes ago, then walked down to New York Avenue and the funkytown boardwalk to clear his head.

The full team of fourteen Narcotics detectives was assembled. This was a joint Nassau County and N.Y.P.D. strike force, each of them handpicked to go after the Grave Dancer.

Stefanovitch said his hellos, patting the backs of down parkas, playing the crowd.

Stefanovitch fit in, which was unusual for a lieutenant. Maybe it was because he'd never seemed overly impressed with himself, never felt making "Loo" meant that much anyway. Or maybe it was because he was more cynical, and funnier about his perspective on the world, than any of the detectives working under him.

True to form, he was wearing a weathered black leather coat,over a hooded gray sweatshirt. The outfit made his six feet two inches seem more compact, more physically impressive. Underneath a crushed black fedora, his hair was long and brown, and unruly. His eyes were a cool, dark brown, but could warm up once he got comfortable with someone. People said Stefanovitch looked like some kind of flaky film star, and he thought that wasn't all bad. Flaky film stars seemed to be running the world these days.

In the electrified darkness of Florida Street, car trunks sprung open with almost no sound. Out came .357 Magnums, twelve-gauge shotguns, N.Y.P.D.- and Nassau County-issue guns. Also, full ammo pouches.

The beachfront neighborhood felt as if it were about to explode.

The dope raid was going to be bigger than the celebrated French Connection. As much as two hundred kilograms; over a million and a half fixes for New York's 250,000 addicts.

They were closing in on Alexandre St.-Germain, the animal called the Grave Dancer; the man who had been Stefanovitch's obsession during the past twenty-two months. That was no accident either. Stefanovitch regularly got the most important narcotics cases in the N.Y.P.D. He was talented, and he thrived on challenges. For the past few years he'd been the department's "big play man." Nothing but the fast track for him.

Stefanovitch finally turned to his second in command, a 260-pound detective named Bear Kupchek. "You all ready, Charlie Chan?" he asked.

"Ah. Wise man never ready to walk down dark alleyway at night." Kupchek grinned like the portly Chinese detective.

"Fuck you, Charlie," said Stefanovitch.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    I've read better James Patterson's books

    This book is the murder & mystery of James Patterson but not a "page -turner" I've come to expect.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Boring

    Some of Patterson's books are taking on superhero type of powers. I liked the charater, but it is not a total thrill of a read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    Very dramatic.

    I would recommend this book. It kept my attention throughout. I love cop drama books, and this is a cop book, with many twists and turns.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    A complete disappointment

    I do not recommend this title. The plot is bad, characters are unrealistic. Can you imagine a cop in the wheelchair chasing criminals all over the NYC and faking his own death after being blown into pieces in a shoot out? This title is as bad as 'The Black Friday' , 'Cradle and All' and 'Pop Goes the Weasel' - a steady decline from 'Kiss the Girls'.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2010

    Don't bother

    Not worth reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Top Rated Writer Strikes Again

    James Paterson Just keeps getting beter and beter...
    Most Enjoyable reading that keeps you up at night. Not due to Insomnia, but from the riveting plot the Patterson spins.
    Depth of the characters is just enough to believe that such a thing could really happen, Maybe even in your town...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Good offering from Patterson despite plotholes.

    I have enjoyed most of Patterson's books I've read and this is no exception. The Midnight Club had and interesting sequence of events as you seem to start reading at the end of the story but its just the beginning. I really enjoyed that aspect but there were some huge plotholes that really held this book back. Overall, another decent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    Good

    The first half of the book was alright. It wasn't really grasping my attention as much as his other novels, but the second half developed some really good twists. Not the absolute best, but if your a James Patterson fan, it would be worth the time to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Random persons room

    Ok ots my room mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Great stlrh

    Long saga of post apocolyptic humanity fleeing aliens, Thousand years later tryg to deal with fojnders actions to create non technological cultture stfangled by relkgiln


    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Love this book!!

    One of my fave's by James Patterson. One I'd read over and over. LOVE IT!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Smart

    James Patterson is the best author I have ever read. His books are amazing. The midnight club is one of the best. It only took me a week to read this bood and I happen to be a slower reader. I just have to say that this is an amazing book. I loved it. James Patterson did an outstanding job on it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    Excellent

    One of the best books I have ever read. Edge of your seat action page after page. Kept me up late at night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    Gripping Plot

    A very interesting and gripping novel that kept me up, turning the pages all night. Not to mention that The Midnight Club has drug dealers, cops, sex, and fast exotic sports cars.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    when will the movie come out???

    This is the first James Patterson book I have read and needless to say I could not put this book down. I'm on my way to the bookstore for another thriller...as I was reading the last few pages of this wonderful book I could not help but to think what a great film this would make....thank you James, I have become a fan. Art Jasso San Jose, Calif.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000

    THE BEST BOOK HE HAS WRITTEN

    I READ THIS BOOK IN ONE DAY THAT'S HOW MUCH IT CAUGHT MY INTREST. BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    Surprisingly Disappointing

    I recommended this book to a friend on the basis of the Author. I read the book myself, and felt foolish for even considering the recommendation. The Plot wasn't so much unpredictable as it was jumpy, the characters were undeveloped, and there were numerous unresolved issues. Some of the more bothersome details that bothered me: - Wheelchair-bound Stef is described as doing things difficult or impossible, such as participating in an ocean-going drug raid (how exactly does he get to the bridge of the illegal vessel), or grabbing his rival by the shoulder as he walks away. - A character fakes his own death with only a passing mention of how that could have possibly fooled anyone. - Although probably the most developed aspect in the book, the love story lacks credibility. - Characters seem to have clairvoyance when it is time to be on their guard, but at other times, seem ambivalent to the fact that the entire criminal underworld, including bad cops may be out to get them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    Excellent reader

    If you are a James Patterson fan, you will throughly enjoy this book. Couldn't put it down. Read 3/4 of it at work in one day!!

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