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Pace is released from a mental institution, only to be kidnapped by three other escapees, all suffering from multiple personality disorder. What ensues is a wild, surreal adventure leading finally to a Greek island, where everyone may wind up dead unless Pace willingly releases the darkest persona of all...Nightjack.
Paperback, 241 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by David Niall Wilson (first published October 18th 2010)
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Stephen
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This was fun, well-written and original, but I’m not sure how best to describe it. Was it (1) a tightly plotted, multi-layered exploration of multiple personality disorder within a violent noir setting whose brilliance was just beyond my grasp or (2) an adrenaline-based, thrill ride using the “gimmick” of a protag with MPD in a wild, unfocused tale in which the narrative got away from the author? I'm going to need another read in order to be make a final determination.
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Tim Niland
Tom Piccrilli creates another masterful blend of horror and crime fiction in this excellent novella that explores the themes of identity, loss and rage. When William Pacella's wife is killed in a restaurant fire set by the mob to collect insurance money, Pacella snaps and falls into Multiple Personality Disorder, with the leading character becoming the narrator Pace, and his other "selves" including a private investigator and Jack the Ripper himself. After Pace/Jack dispatch the mobsters involve ...more
Nick Cato
While Piccirilli has been pumping out the crime noir thrillers lately, this one blends bizarre elements not seen since his novel NOVEMBER MOURNS.

Pace is released from a mental institution only to be abducted by three of his former ward mates, who managed to escape the hospital right after something horrible happened to the daughter of wealthy industrialist Alexandra Kaltzas. All four of Piccirilli's characters suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder, and it's up to Pace to try and discover whi
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Jess
I... I-I don't even really know what I just read. Pace is a person suffering from MPD (multiple personality disorder, Schizophrenia, crazy to the core). He is released from the mental institution where he resided as self admitted patient, only to be promptly sorta kidnapped by a bunch of other people suffering from MPD. So while Pace seems to be traveling with just 4 other people, in reality there are thousands of personalities swimming about in each of them.

It left me jarred at best, feeling se
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Benoit Lelievre
A live wire of a novel. Tom Piccirilli's tale of mental illness can get confusing at time, but it goes through great pains to expose how terrifying it can be to be lost inside your own head. Pace, our hero with dissociative identity disorder, understands himself to be part of something greater than what he can imagine and from the moment he gets kidnapped by three maniacs, two fights between. One outside of himself and one within.

NIGHTJACK should be a mandatory reading to everybody who wants to
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Josh
A surrealist novel by Tom Piccirilli with an emphasis on madness over meaning. ‘Nightjack’ follows the fragmented psyche of a disturbed and schizophrenic protagonist in Will (Pace, Jack, Sam etc.) as he tries to piece together the events that lead to his institutionalisation and subsequent release. Read in a perpetual state of haziness, the lines continually blurred between fact and fantasy as Will’s (and wards) sojourn towards a semblance of reality on a quest to quash pent up anger and those r ...more
Arthur
Quick paced but strange to begin with this book does surprise nicely as its planned out to climax to a strange conclusion. Well worth the read but hard to imagine why reading Nightjack was at all important. With all the excitement that goes around mostly surrounds Jack a modern day return of Jack the Ripper from the past a kind of reincarnation, it was hard to follow all the strangeness this invokes throughout the whole story and the other main characters that it was just hard to read like much ...more
Maduck831
I think I found out about this via a Neil Gaiman "tweet." I took my time with this one (it was my lunch time reading on my iphone via Kindle) not because I didn't enjoy it. So glad I discovered this book and author. Something about the story really got to me, just liked the way it was written along with the characters. I do I think want to revisit the story especially the discussion of the Greek myths, etc. Some great lines in this book too. It'd be cool to explore these characters again (especi ...more
Charles
Multiple personalities tell this feverish story of murder, revenge and still more revenge. It might be easy to think your getting confused but you're just fooling yourself. It's easy enough to keep up with which is my complaint - it should have gone further, gotten wilder.

Curtis Macon
Great, mind-bending read. Would love to see this turned into a film...it'd be difficult but, if done right, would be phenomenal. I'm thinking Christian Bale for Pace...maybe Brad Anderson or Christopher Nolan to direct.
K.E.
See my full review on The Bag and The Crow: http://blog.thebagandthecrow.com/2013...
Peter Schwotzer
This is an amazing book by Mr. Piccirilli, one of the best I have read this year...full review to follow.
Chris
Dark and with good characters. Not for my mother to read, but certainly my brother.
Chris Bowsman
Tom Piccirilli is the most underrated author around.
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