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The Midnight Road

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  202 ratings  ·  22 reviews
From the moment he saw the girl in the snowstorm, Flynn had less than an hour to live. But he'll remember his last fifty minutes long after he's dead. As an investigator for Child Protective Services, Flynn has seen plenty of misery, but nothing could prepare him for the nightmare inside the Shepards' Long Island home. Soon, that nightmare will send him plunging into a fro...more
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Published November 1st 2010 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 2007)
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My husband has been reading through my tbr pile for me. He has a lunch hour and I don't but I'm not bitter. Since our reading tastes are pretty similar when it comes to mystery/horror (well, if you don't count The DaVinci Code which I despised and he seems to think is perfect) I trust him when he says a book is a dud. His reviews are usually minimal and to the point but he went on about this book for quite a while last night stunning me with his memory when I asked him to describe it for me. He...more
A terrifically quirky thriller from Piccirilli about life, death, pain and the ability to let go of the past. The characters are engaging and full of life in the hands of a talented writer like Piccirilli. He knows just how to create these strange little worlds where people don't always act like they should but somehow find a way to overcome the odds. Throw in a talking dead dog and you have a real winner here. Highly recommended.
Steve Lowe
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Tim Niland
Flynn leads a life of quiet desperation, trying to save children by day as part of the Long Island CPS and filling his nights with film noir revivals in the Village. When he is called to a Long Island home, he is appalled to find an autistic man caged in a basement and an armed woman at the end of her rope. Flynn flees with two children from the house only to crash into the freezing water of Long Island Sound during his escape. After being clinically dead for nearly a half-hour Flynn is miraculo...more
This book wasn't exactly crap, but it wasn't exactly good. I wouldn't recommend it, but if I were you, and someone gave me a copy, I wouldn't punch them in the face. I wouldn't thank them either.

I felt like this author did really minimal research, resulting in the characters and plot coming off as fairly ridiculous. It seems to me that a well written book would allow someone such as myself, with lots of professional experience social services, to read his book and find it believable, not laughab...more
Larry Hoffer
Ok, Tom Piccirilli is a freakin' god as far as I'm concerned, and he deserves to be a much more well-known author than he is! I read a lot of so-called thrillers and often find myself none-too-thrilled with villains who seem to always be magically one step ahead of the action and plots that tie up way too conveniently at the end. Piccirilli creates amazing characters and situations--his main character in this book, Flynn, is addicted to old film noir--and the action is seriously nonstop. As I sa...more
During an investigation of a child abuse complaint, Social Worker Flynn finds a scarred, mentally disabled man kept in a cage in the basement. In the ensuing attempt to get the man and the child away, Flynn wrecks his car, dies, and is brought back to life. Now, a dead bulldog is following him around talking to him and people are being killed in front of him for no reason he can see.

I really loved Tom Piccirilli's The Cold Spot, but I just couldn't get into this one. Maybe it's because I know t...more
THE MIDNIGHT ROAD (Suspense-New York-Cont) – VG
Piccirilli, Tom – Standalone
Bantam Books, 2007, US Paperback – ISBN: 9780553384086
First Sentence: Flynn remembered the night of his death more clearly than any other in his life.
*** Flynn is an investigator for the Suffolk (NY) County Child Protective Services. Responding to a tip, he drives through a snowstorm to the Shepard’s Long Island mansion where he finds a young, mentally disabled, man being kept in a cage. In spite of the mother threatening...more
Mar 14, 2008 Kirby rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Stephen King fans
Recommended to Kirby by: No one. I reviewed it.
The author has quite a good plot where a social worker being chased by a mother who wants her child back finds himself drowning in his car after it crashes. He dies and is revived only to find himself in another nightmare. The people around him are being killed off one by one and he is suspected of the murders.

This was a great plot and he is a good writer, but he added some strange things to the plot like the talking dead dog, and his dead parents giving advice in the oddest places. I could even...more
William M.
The Midnight Road is the latest novel written by one of America's finest storytellers of dark fiction. As with Piccirilli's other work, the protagonist begins a journey of self discovery, weaving in and out of their own troubled past that somehow connects to a current threat. While the story itself wasn't as gripping as his other book, Headstone City, this one still has the trademarks that Piccirilli fans have come to know and love - flawed, haunted characters caught up in dangerous situations,...more
This is a new author for me and I am impressed by him. This is a rather dark story, well-written and one that, I suspect, will stay with me for awhile. Flynn is a man who is haunted by ghosts, figuratively and maybe even literally. That is the great thing about the writing, I was never quite sure if the ghosts were actually there or only in Flynn's head. The book never had a supernatural feel to it because the ghosts, whether there or not, were so seamlessly woven into the story. As to the "whod...more
Kim Higgs
This was the first book I read by this author and I loved it! The story had a lot of odd things including a ghost dog who died and came back to haunt the main character while still wearing a sweater and booties. It had a dark, although not disturbing feel. A lot of subtle humor which I enjoyed. There were a few slow spots where things were over analyzed, but besides that it went at a pretty good pace!
I started reading this book thinking that it is a horror book but it wasn't. It is a mystery\suspense book with no ghosts or monsters. Surprisingly I really enjoyed it. I couldn't help but fall in love with the hero who is burdened by his past. The mystery was good and engaging and the end was great. I will try other books for the writer and hopefully will be as good as this one.
"[Piccirilli] gives you the distinctive shiver all good horror writing�all good writing�provides: the certainty that the writer's own ghosts are in it."�New York Times Book Review

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Piccirilli's books are not for everyone. He has a very distinct style, which is great, but which can be a bit overbearing sometimes. I took a few years off reading his books and recently came back with this one, and it was a great read.
Tory Wagner
Way too dark for me. No happy moments and no possibility that there would be, Midnight road refers to death. Sometimes it was hard to tell if the main character was hallucinating all the events.
Greg Curtin
An interesting book that kept me guessing. I probably was reading into much to some of the characters, and got a bit lost in the story line at times, but it did keep my interest!!
I was expecting more from this book and was disappointed with it. The plot was weak and I didn't really take to the lead character, kept my interest to discover how things ended up though.
A very well-written suspense novel with Flynn as a unique, and unlikely character. This was a quick read; a page-turner.

Good enough so that I will try another by this author at some point.
A. Walter
A very strange but wonderful neo-noir tale.
Awful. Did not finish.
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