Most of the 13 all-original tales in this superlative anthology are unified by strange or unpleasant incidences occurring after the stroke of midnight. In contrast, Alan Jacobson’s thrilling “12:01 AM,” about a kidnapper patterning himself after a serial killer on death row, defies the perception that nothing good happens after midnight, as does John Land’s “ATM,” a redemption tale of a young man sent on a series of vague quests to improve people’s lives. Of special distinction are Linwood Barclay’s sublime nail-biter, “Night Shift,” about a newspaperman trying to stop a late-night caller from going on a killing spree, and Kevin O’Brien’s “Cell Phone Intolerant,” a darkly amusing vigilante tale of an anti–cell phone zealot whose crusade to punish inconsiderate people has shocking repercussions. Other standouts include Heather Graham’s disquieting spine-chiller, “Midnight in the Garden of Death,” in which high schoolers spend the night in a cemetery, and Deaver’s supernatural gothic, “A Creative Defense,” which underscores the power of music. This volume is guaranteed to keep readers burning the midnight oil well into the wee hours. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Something very good happens after midnight...just pick up this brilliant book and be transported-and very afraid!"
-Peter James, UK #1 Bestselling Author of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace Series
"NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is a treat-dark, chilling, and delicious. Grab it."
-Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-Winning Author of The Dark Corners of the Night
"NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT proves that the witching hour still has the power to haunt in this suspenseful collection of stories by luminaries in the literary world. Inventive, twisted, and downright chilling, here is an anthology to be savored-well past midnight and into the dead of night."
-James Rollins, #1 New York Times Bestseller of The Last Odyssey
"This anthology showcases some of the best talent in the thriller genre-or in any genre. Whether quirky or creepy, each story displays the talent and uniqueness of its author. And since all are so good, this collection is a delightful read."
-Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times Bestseller of Thick as Thieves
"If you like intrigue and suspense, you'll love this salmagundi of tense tales from some of today's short story masters. This book is guaranteed to keep you awake until midnight and beyond."
-Steven James, Bestselling Author of The Bowers Files
"NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is loads of fun. The stories from this lineup of all-star authors are a blast to read, with plenty of neck-snapping twists and heart-stopping thrills that will keep you turning pages way past the title's witching hour."
-Boyd Morrison, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Readers rarely get a gift such as this-a superb collection from the giants of mystery and suspense."
-Robert Dugoni, Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series
"Midnight is the magic switch. Safe becomes dangerous, good becomes evil, quiet turns raucous. When the clock strikes twelve in NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT, a talented crew of writers unleashes a maelstrom of thrills so intense, you will never sleep again. Unputdownable!"
-K.J. Howe, International Bestselling Author of SKYJACK
"NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS AFTER MIDNIGHT is a treasure chest of novelties, curiosities and gems. From Kevin O'Brien's 'Cell Phone Intolerant' to Shannon Kirk's 'Tonight is the Night' and Jon Land's surprisingly heartfelt 'ATM,' you'll never step outside at night in quite the same way."
-Joseph Finder, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Nick Heller Series