Midnight is a compulsively readable legal thriller by Kevin Egan that keeps tightening the screws with every page.
How long can you hide a death?
The New York County Courthouse, in Lower Manhattan, has its own rules and traditions. When a judge dies, the members of his staff keep their jobs until the end of that calendar year. So when Judge Alvin Canter quietly expires in his chambers on December 31st, his loyal clerk and secretary find themselves in a difficult situation. Their jobs will vanish at closing timeunless they can conceal the judge's death until after midnight.
Neither Tom Carroway nor Carol Scilingo can afford to be out of work. Tom is deeply in debt to an impatient loan shark, while Carol is a struggling single mom whose young son and aging mother depend heavily on her. And both Tom and Carol have secrets they're desperate to keep hidden.
Their plan seems simple enough: make it look like the judge died at home on New Year's Day. But that's before other people get involved: a crooked union boss, a brutal mob enforcer, and Carol's suspicious ex-boyfriend. . . .
Pretty soon, Tom and Carol find themselves over their heads in an increasingly dangerous conspiracy. And if they're not very careful, more than one body may be discovered in the new year.
"Alfred Hitchcock would have loved Midnight's twisty, original plot."Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Sleight of Hand
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.94(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.04(d)|
About the Author
KEVIN EGAN, a self-described nonpracticing attorney, has spent his entire legal career working in the New York State Court system, including lengthy stints as law clerk to two State Supreme Court Justices. He now works in the iconic New York County Courthouse, which serves as the setting and inspiration for Midnight. Egan's short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Rosebud, and The Westchester Review.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book. My favorite book of the year. Very exciting and well drawn characters. The topic (the court system) was made more interesting than normal. I generally read books for about 10 pages then fall asleep. Not this time though. I would be up until 1:30 AM instead of falling asleep at 10:30PM. I could not put this book down. Read this book before it gets made into a movie and you won't be sorry.
I loved this book. It is a real page turner. From start to finish it is a great read.
Two courthouse employees plot to conceal the fact that a judge has died. At first they are simply trying to hold onto their jobs, relying on a quirky custom that dictates they will serve out the remainder of the calendar year. The task begins with a sardonic jollity, but slowly grows darker until it becomes pitch noir. This novel’s greatest strength lies in its atmospherics, conjured with vivid descriptions of the iconic New York County courthouse, with its quirky traditions, secrets, and curious inner workings that are vulnerable to corruption. With overtones that harken back to the works of James M. Cain and Jim Thompson, the novel is operates like the courthouse itself, fitted with contemporary trappings, but steeped in tradition.