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The Midnight Club

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  8,936 ratings  ·  248 reviews
John Stefanovich, a tough New York cop, has one mission in life--to nab Alexandre St. Germain, the most treacherous and powerful member of the Midnight Club--a secret international society whose membership is limited to an elite group of ruthless crime czars, all of whom are "respectable" businessmen. Blasted by St. Germain's shotgun, Stef is left in a wheelchair, but no l ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published 1989 by Warner Books (first published 1988)
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An average Patterson thriller muddled by inconsistent writing and sappy melodrama. Certain aspects of this book I really liked, but there were some scenes I found incredibly stupid. Like when a dying policeman who knows the identity of his murderer decides to spend his last half-hour on Earth catching a taxi to his partner's apartment in order to tell him that he loves him--instead of, you know, passing on the crucial information to someone or maybe even getting himself to a hospital. Soon after ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
First published in 1989, I somehow missed reading The Midnight Club by James Patterson, not to be confused with his series the Women's Murder Club.

The protagonist in The Midnight Club is John Stefanovitch, a New York cop confined to a wheelchair after being shot and left for dead by the Grave Dancer. Despite losing his wife to the Grave Dancer on the same chilling night, and undergoing years of rehabilitation, John is still on the force and as determined as ever to get his man.

While John was fig
Chris French
Detective John Stefanovich is obsessed with bringing Alexander St. Germain, a.k.a. The Grave Dancer, to justice. There are several reasons for Stef’s obsession. He is a good cop and that’s what good cops do: they bring down the bad guys, but his vendetta against the Grave Dancer is way more personal than the average collar. St. Germain put him in a wheelchair then went to Stef’s house and killed his wife. Now Stef will use every weapon in his arsenal to bring The Grave Dancer down…but he doesn’t ...more
Ronald Wilcox
Third James Patterson book I have ever read. Good solid police procedural about a policeman who develops a personal vendetta against an amoral kingpin mob boss and works with another police officer to try to bring him down as well as his cronies in the Midnight Club. I thought the first half was excellent (5 stars) but the second half was simply good (3 stars) so ended up with a three star rating. Quick reading suspenseful tale - worth the time.
The book was the first of James Patterson's habit of making short chapters. Each chapter is either about a new character or location. Things happen fast and furious in Petterson's books. The reader usually has to read to the very last page to see the conclusion. This book wasn't quite like that but it took until close to the end to find out.
John Stefanovitch is a New York police detective married to Anna but the unthinkable happens. He is shot and then Anna is murdered. The shooting puts him in a wheel chair. But he is still working and trying to put his life back together. He is also after his wife's killer who is a Mob boss. Isaiah Parker detective from Harlem, working for the police chief. These two different policemen end up working together as they are after the same killer. Sarah a writer who has been given access to the inve ...more
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The charming, urbane, but megalomaniacal Alexandre St. Germain wanted nothing less than control of international organized crime. A sadistic psychotic as well, he shot and crippled New York policeman John Stefanovitch and then killed Stef's beloved wife. A few years later, during a purge of other New York crime lords, St. Germain is brutally murdered--or is he? Stef, confined to a wheelchair, joins with a rogue cop, whose brother was tortured and killed by St. Germain, and a beaut

I don't think James Patterson will ever write as good as he does when he writes about Alex Cross. However, this is the first NON Alex Cross book of Patterson's that I have been able to finish. The story in this book was a good one, but it got a little confusing with so many different members of the Club. I felt the author should have focused more on the one main villain in the Midnight Club rather than trying to draw in more of them and show their different personalities. This was a fairly decen
Allison Fetch
I've found that most of Patterson's early books just don't grab me, but this one was an exception. The writing style and quality was excellent, and foretold of the style and characters to come in his Alex Cross series. My primary complaint is that the main character dropped out of the book towards the end and, while I was glad the loose end was tied up in the epilogue, I missed his presence and found the bad guy's demise at the hands of me onto their rather disappointing. A good read, though, fe ...more
There is nothing not to like about a book written by James Patterson, although this one lacked some of the fluidity of his other books, That's probably because it was written in the early 1980's, early days in Patterson's writing career.

The book centers around the "Midnight Club" or just "Club", a new breed of international organized crime bosses who have one foot in respectable business pursuits and the other in the underworld. They always seem to elude the police, but a group of NYPD officers,
It's 1:51 am and I just finished The Midnight Club. I'm yawning, but it was such an awesome novel, I had to write my review right away, LOL!

I thought the characters were all strong individuals. After what Stef (NYPD Detective John Stefanovich) had gone through and endured, his raw determination from the beginning to the ending of this novel is nothing short of awe-inspiring and speechlessly astounding. I don't believe I've ever read a character as brave without meaning to be as Stef was. He trul
I finally finished this Patterson book. While it was good, it wasn't one of my favorites. This is one of his earlier novels (published in 1989) and it has a somewhat different style than his more recent stories. The chapter length was still very short, making it a quick read. And there was an element of romance between two of the main characters like most of his current reads. The excitement that was building at the end of the book was also very good. I found myself skipping ahead a page or two ...more
I'm going to start by saying it took me about a month maybe a bit longer to get through this one. It wasn't longer, about the same length. It just took me way too long.
The novel is about Organized crime and the NYPD trying to fight it. What they don't realize is how they are always one step behind the top mob bosses and business men involved in these mob and drug wars.
The main character is John Stefanovich. He meets a writer Sarah McGinnis, and they start talking about the "Midnight Club" and
This is another of James Patterson's older titles. I am digging through the old ones since everyone says they are better than the new ones that have been coming out. Generally I like them.

The main character for this one is a cop named John Stefanovich. He is a different kind of hero since he is confronted with living life in a wheelchair. He has looked into the possibility of corrective surgery, but it seems like doctors are indicated that there is a greater chance of causing more harm, leading
Ben V
This novel was a classic James Patterson "keep you on your toes and guessing" kind of book. I love the crime/suspense/thriller genre more than any other and this book definitely satisfied that hunger for great suspenseful literature. "The Midnight Club" not only gives you a taste of gritty-street crime but also the behind the scenes life of New York detective John Stevonovich.

Throughout the entire book you learn more about John's feelings and how he goes through everyday life with the images an
Chris Gager
Started last night as a break from 16th century England. One more to go there before I leave for good(until Hilary Mantel's last Cromwell book comes out that is). I picked this one up from where it was lying around... at work in the break room I think. Never read this author before and I'm not really impressed so far. You know you're in hack-land when the "steaming mugs" of coffee come out. So far the plot, action and mystery are compelling enough. Very violent and derivative of course. Good wit ...more
I rarely give five stars to a book I've read, this was an exceptional mystery that kept me reading as fast as my eyes could move; with my heart pounding just as hard. This is an earlier mystery by James Patterson and had me on the edge of my seat. Even though I anticipated "something" was about to happen (and sometimes anticipated the right something), when it happened, it was still unexpected in the manner it occurred - no Hollywood cliche's here. The book centers on a police detective left dis ...more
I read a James Patterson years ago, and didn't really like it. i thought he was over-rated so never picked up another until I was bored the other day and needed an easy read. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this book, although I detest his ridiculously short chapters. I think this is writing down to the lowest common denominator in order to sell more books, and thus why I rated this a 4 out of 5. That being said, I am going to read another of his books just to get a more bala ...more
This was a "filler" book for me, something you read because you must read, but something that's just filling the gaps while you wait for the next big novel to hit you. It took me a while to get into it, and then just as I was, it suddenly ended. Usually I like Pattersons quick, no frills approach to writing, but it didn't work so well this time for me.
I have liked almost all of the James Patterson books I have read. This one was about organized crime and the upstanding citizens who fall into it. I did think the ending with the Midnight Club could have been better. Through the whole book they (the authorities) could get nowhere with these guys then, all of a sudden, in L.A...............well, I don't want to give it away. But the book is exciting from beginning to end.
Sandra Hernandez
may contain SPOILERS....a much better book then the other books I have read from James Patterson from when he first started. lot more of a gripping story. I do get confused about the timeline, 1 minute it is the past and an experience that happened in the book. and that last about a page or 2 and then the next thing you in the future and there's no difference, it seems like one day the shooting happens and then the next day he is still fighting crime. I felt like there was no feeling when his wi ...more
Mens moenie 'n James Patterson lees wat in 1989 geskryf is nie... vir vele redes.... Nie een van my gunstelinge nie... maar hy sê in die bedankings dat hy Along Came a Spider net na die boek geskryf het, en dat die karakter Alex Cross uit idees vir hierdie boek gekom het... So, dan moes die boek seker geskryf gewees het...
Another Page turner... I began reading and couldn't put it down.. Stefanovich THOUGHT the Grave Dancer was done for good.. but WAIT!!! a twist in the plot comes to light... had to find out what and how it was resolved... Mr. Patterson has done it again
Sharon Woodbery
Absolutely his best!

Midnight Club held my attention from start to finish. Hang on to your hat as James Patterson takes you on the ride of your life. Fast paced and full of suspense. I couldn't put it down.
Gloria Davy
OGreat book.I read it twice!

GREAT BOOK as usual! I highly recommend it. James Pattersokn at his best. I

Great book. James Patterson at his best. I can't wait for more. I highly recommended it.
I've been a long time fan of James Patterson and have read most everything he has written...with the exception of his earliest novels. So, I'm trying to go back and read Patterson's earlier books.
I have to say I was very disappointed in The Midnight Club. It just didn't live up to the quality I've grown accustomed too. Yes, I agree that some of the more recent Alex Cross books haven't been great but at least they kept my interest.
I finished The Midnight Club on Friday and am writing this on Mon
Tim Smith
Only one thing was important: 'When you go over the mountain to work every morning, make sure you're singing, make sure you're happy to be going on that trip every day.'
Jul 04, 2009 Natasha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy detective drama
Recommended to Natasha by: Crystal Craig
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Bonnie Gleckler Clark
I must admit that I've read most of James Patterson's Alex Cross books, and have enjoyed them immensely. However, The Mid-night Club is one of the first NON Alex Cross books of Patterson's that also thoroughly enjoyed. The story in this book was a good one, but it got a little confusing with so many different members of the Club. Our Protagonist, New York policeman John Stefanovitch, is a hero that you will not soon forget. Patterson has place Stef in a wheelchair (this fact sometime get in the ...more
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