The Midnight Club

The Midnight Club

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by James Patterson
     
 

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"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

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568957166
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
05/01/1999
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.17(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.77(d)

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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.

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 300 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. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
Education:
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971
Website:
http://www.jamespatterson.com

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The Midnight Club 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
nursesusie12 More than 1 year ago
This book is the murder & mystery of James Patterson but not a "page -turner" I've come to expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth reading.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
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.
rforte0531 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.
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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...