Walking after Midnight

Walking after Midnight

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by Karen Robards
     
 

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The nude male body lay on the embalming table, battered beyond recognition. Gingerly, Summer McAfee, chairman, CEO, and sole employee of Daisy Fresh cleaning service, reached out to touch an arm to reassure herself that she hadn't just seen the corpse move.  Suddenly, shockingly, her hand was in the viselike grip of a man very much alive and desperate

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The nude male body lay on the embalming table, battered beyond recognition. Gingerly, Summer McAfee, chairman, CEO, and sole employee of Daisy Fresh cleaning service, reached out to touch an arm to reassure herself that she hadn't just seen the corpse move.  Suddenly, shockingly, her hand was in the viselike grip of a man very much alive and desperate enough to take her captive on a no-holds-barred run from cops, killers, and his own decidedly complicated past...

Summer's former life as a New York lingerie model had gone south with her marriage, leaving her, at thirty-six, single and back home in Tennessee, on her hands and knees scrubbing other people's bathrooms.  But the drab present vanishes in a flash as she's forced to flee into the Tennessee wilds with the stranger she calls Frankenstein, first as his captive, then his companion, as they run from the enemies determined to destroy them both—straight into a raging passion that could only be the last laugh of fate...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Spellbinding!"
Ocala Star Banner (FL)

"Pure fun all the way."
The Detroit Free Press

"Explosive and surprising... Once started, you won't be able to put it down."
Rendezvous

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this romantic thriller, a female janitor cleaning a funeral home is abducted by a man she'd thought was dead. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Summer McAfee is a former lingerie model who now makes ends meet as a janitor in her hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. While cleaning at a local funeral parlor, she's suddenly taken hostage by Steve, a man she thought was dead, and taken on a thrilling, violent adventure. Unfortunately, neither Summer nor Steve are particularly appealing characters to begin with, and the Southern accents reader Sharon Williams bestows on them do not create romantic images. While Williams excels in the narrative portions of the text, her dialog renditions leave much to be desired. Williams's Summer is constantly in whine mode with a backwoods drawl, and Steve is not clearly distinguished. Additionally, nothing in this gritty, violent story gives credence to the romance that sprouts between Summer and Steve. Robards (Maggy's Child, LJ 2/1/94) is a popular author, and there may be some demand for this unabridged recording. Otherwise, most public libraries can pass on this one.-Jodi L. Israel, Westwood, Mass.
Denise Perry Donavin
The novel begins with the words, "She hanged herself from a plant hook," hardly worth remembering except that before the page ends the reader learns that Deedee is a spirit; by the end of the second page Robards suggests that Deedee may have been murdered. The ghostly presence of Deedee seems hardly necessary to provide a haunting element to this fast-paced novel involving the kidnapping of cleaning service proprietor Summer McAfee from a funeral home by a half-dressed man so mutilated that, at first terrifying glance, he appears to be a corpse. Steve Calhoun, nicknamed Frankenstein by Summer for his awful, battered appearance, is actually a good cop pursued by bad cops. Steve is haunted, then helped by Deedee, a woman whose murder/suicide turns out to be the crux of the story, which is revealed only after the pair slow their escape down long enough to communicate and actually start functioning as a team. Robards is a deft hand with tossing in a new twist and a scary encounter anytime the action threatens to slow down or romance starts to steam up. Gripping romantic suspense from a pro.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440215905
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
293,188
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.09(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Robards is the author of more than twenty novels, most recently the New York Times bestseller Vanished. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Walking after Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was my favortie, When there wasn't comedy there was thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite book written by Karen Robards. It was an exciting and funny book. I loved it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it and the characters. They seem more real than he is the most handsome/does eveeything right and she is the most beautiful with no flaws yada yada yada. I have read it a few times and love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first when I started reading the book I thought, 'same cliche'. Dasmel in Distress and night in shinning armor. But this book actually defiled that law. The main characters helped eachother. When one was weak the other was strong. And I noticed even when there was mystery and suspense in the air, there was still a place for comedy. That's what this book didn't lack.
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Walking After Midnight ---- This was a fantastic book --- couldn't put it down. Although this was one of Karen's older books writer, 1995, I think it might have been her best! Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it for a light summer read. Enjoy !!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise was great and the book started out good, but-----Neither of the main characters were particularly likeable. He was crude & obnoxious and she did some pretty stupid things. And if she had called him Frankenstein one more time I would have screamed! However, this doesn't stop me from being a Robards fan, you can't hit a home run every time
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Exciting and full of twists. Steamy too!
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This book captured me from the first paragraph. I loved the Steamy romantic scenes, and the realistic (and often humorous) character traits. I found the viewpoint from DeeDee very interesting to say the least.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book as far as action goes. The characters were well developed, but I always felt a darkness about them. Like they were both portrayed as some sort of misfits in society and, more importantly, to each other. Almost to the end the heroine refers to the hero as Frankenstein. First, because he was badly beaten before they meet, (which is understandable) and second, just because she finds him to be unhandsome. Once the bruises and swelling faded, I kept hoping for her revelation in finding him attractive, which she does. Only his muscular body, still not his face. And he¿s described to smell terrible from body odor and kerosene from the beginning, which is never remedied. I guess we¿re just supposed to have a very strong belief in love being blind. Every time they were intimate I had trouble suppressing my thoughts of how terrible they must smell and look. The action keeps the reader interested in finishing the book, even though I knew exactly who not to trust from the beginning. And after the tenth chapter I was ready to stop reading and just putting the book in my ¿soon to be swapped¿ pile. This is my second experience with this author. I previously read ¿Wild Orchids,¿ which I felt the same way about. I only read this one because the author was recommended by a sales clerk at a book swap so I bought 3 by her, and am determined to get through them, so I don¿t feel like I totally wasted my money. And what annoys me the most is the redundancy of the characters ¿feelings.¿ I continued saying to myself ¿Alright, I get it. She¿s scared.¿ It¿s unfathomable how many ways the author finds to say the same thing in different ways! I¿m Giving this book 3 stars only because after all that annoys me, it¿s not half bad. I did finish it after all¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's alot of spine-tingling suspense and just the right amount of romance. This isn't the normal drippy romance novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy immature sniping back and forth between people old enough to know better then this book is for you. He was a crude boor who cheated on his family and best friend and she was an obnoxious, childish shrew. No thanks...glad I got this one from the library. I actually came to the nook pg to check out reviews about six chapters in because it was that bad. Used to love Robards in high school but going back as an adult to read her books has been disappointing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"A smile plays on her lips" (ok)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He looked up and thought" wow. I cant belivei did that. My first. ((I gtg see ya tomarrow. Probably atnight thought. Scgool