Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Midnight Examiner” as Want to Read:
The Midnight Examiner
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Midnight Examiner

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Fantasist William Kotzwinkle takes readers on a wild ride in this thriller set in the sleazy world of the tabloidsHoward Halliday, the editor of the Midnight Examiner and the unlikely protagonist in William Kotzwinkle's latest novel, becomes embroiled with several shady characters, including a bloodthirsty crime lord and a porn queen in danger, who lead him into a bizarre ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Marlowe & Company (first published 1989)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Midnight Examiner, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Midnight Examiner

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Totally hilarious. Just when I thought there was getting to be too much same ol' same ol', the story took off and didn't stop until a couple of wrap-up pages at the end. Think Bowery Boys take on inept mobsters with the aid of a Voodoo Queen. Too much risqué language in the dragging beginning, but it worked once the 'dangerous mission' began.
Jun 15, 2016 Robert rated it did not like it
Sometimes you come across a book so stupid you don’t know what to say about it. For me, The Midnight Examiner is one of those books. It’s a madcap zany adventure that feels like one of those terrible comedies that crop up on cable tv on a sunday evening.

Howard is the editor of a publishing company (all lurid magazines) and all his staff are a bunch of crackpots – From the blow dart loving publisher to the mail order priest/head of religious publications. One day while in a porn movie one staff m
Jan 18, 2013 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
I don't really know what to think about this apart from the fact that I found it devastatingly funny. When a porn actress called Mitzi Mouse is interrupted while writing poetry on a filming break and acccidentally shoots mob boss Tony Baloney in the leg, he sends his goombahs after her and the staff of Chameleon publications have to come to her aid. With no more than hot sauce tipped blow pipe darts, a fishing rod, some homespun style advice and a bit of mail order Voodoo powder to help them, ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Becky rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 21, 2009 Zack rated it liked it
You know how sometimes certain books or movies are called "lighthearted romps"? This one's a lighthearted romp through the world of tabloid journalism. My favorite Kotzwinkle book is called "The Fan Man." His writing style reminds me of Philip K. Dick's (grammatically impeccable) but without PKD's habitual psycho-philosophical overtone. Whoever compared it to Napoleon Dynamite seems to have had a different experience.
Jul 24, 2012 Abilouise rated it it was amazing
I don't know how much I would like this book if I read it now. I have vague wafting memories of it having more than its share of homophobia and sexism (the writing, not just the characters or plot), but I also remember it being a really fun ride that I couldn't put down and was disappointed when it was over.
Alison Gerber
Jun 08, 2014 Alison Gerber rated it really liked it
Kurt Vonnegut meets Aaron Sorkin. If that sounds amazing to you, read it. An irrisistable cast of characters forms a bond over the quest to save a porn star who is also an experimental poet from a vengeful mafia boss. Only downside: a bit oversexed. Oh, and it ends. The people that populate this novel were so loveable, I felt miserable saying goodbye.
Ein etwas anstrengendes Buch mit einer Menge an absurd, humoresken Ideen.
Es geht um einen Reporter im Schlachtfeld des investigativen Boulevardjournalismus und der Tatsache das wenn man nichts brauchbar bezahlbares an Reportagen zu bieten hat, schreibt man es halt aus der eigenen Fantasie heraus.
Jul 30, 2007 Jono rated it really liked it
Hilarious, i laughed out loud numerous times. If you can make yourself accept a few oddball givens, you're in for a real treat.
Aug 20, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
A conglomeration of tabloids goes on a quest to save a... poet. Wha' the??? When Kotzwinkle turns his wacky gaze on the world of tabloid journalism, random, hilarious adventure ensues.
Jul 19, 2007 Jrobertus rated it it was ok
the examiner of the title is a tabloid and we are immersed with its eccentric staff. the dialogue is fast and funny but this is a very silly book. you need to treat it like a textual 3-stooges.
Leseratte rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2012
Val rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2012
Rhiannon rated it liked it
Oct 10, 2009
Corey rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2008
Osiris Oliphant
Osiris Oliphant rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2016
A. Dawes
A. Dawes rated it it was ok
Apr 23, 2016
Dubi rated it liked it
Dec 16, 2014
Tim Stead
Tim Stead rated it really liked it
Apr 07, 2014
Jason Major
Jason Major rated it it was amazing
Aug 31, 2016
Mirko Gasperis
Mirko Gasperis rated it liked it
Sep 30, 2012
Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins rated it liked it
Jun 09, 2012
Jul 26, 2008 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked Napoleon Dynamite, you might like this quirky, offbeat, funny novel.
Rae rated it it was amazing
Dec 02, 2014
Justanotheralias rated it liked it
Sep 09, 2012
Camille Taylor
Camille Taylor rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2009
Gerald Medenwald
Gerald Medenwald rated it really liked it
Oct 22, 2011
Phs rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2014
Kjetil Svarstad
Kjetil Svarstad rated it really liked it
Nov 23, 2011
Dottie rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2010
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Amazons: An Intimate Memoir By The First Woman To Play In The National Hockey League
  • Everything You Need
  • Life Is a Caravanserai
  • House Mother Normal
  • Spring Flowers, Spring Frost
  • Forever a Stranger and Other Stories
  • The Wrestler's Cruel Study
  • Land
  • All Souls' Day
  • Indigo
  • Asphodel
  • Thursbitch
  • Love's Work: A Reckoning with Life
  • Schooling
  • The Busconductor Hines
  • Downriver
  • City Primeval
  • The Talk Of The Town
William Kotzwinkle is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a winner of the World Fantasy Award, the Prix Litteraire des Bouquinistes des Quais de Paris, the PETA Award for Children's Books, and a Book Critics Circle award nominee. His work has been translated into dozens of languages.
More about William Kotzwinkle...

Share This Book