(view spoiler)[The novel concerns a man by the name of Douglas Grimes, a former pilot who has been reduced to managing a seedy hotel following the dis(view spoiler)[The novel concerns a man by the name of Douglas Grimes, a former pilot who has been reduced to managing a seedy hotel following the discovery of a retinal cyst. He moves to New York where he spends most of his time gambling and reading the Bible. One night, an elderly man dies in the hotel. Grimes discovers a $100,000 in the man’s possession and quickly stashes it away before the police arrive. Soon after, Grimes makes careful plans to leave the country knowing that someone will soon come looking for the missing money. He hides the money in his luggage and flees to Europe. Once he arrives in Switzerland, he takes his luggage to a hotel only to discover that he has picked up the wrong bag. Grimes then spends the next few days looking for the owner of the bag, ultimately finding him after mistaking someone else to be the owner. Miles Fabian is a suave gentleman that appears younger than his sixty years. He initially lies to Grimes about the bag but after enduring a hard crack to the head with a lamp, reveals that he has invested the money. From then on, Grimes travels around Europe with Fabian richly taking in all of the culture while randomly learning where Fabian has invested their money. They form a partnership which results in Fabian acting as a father figure to Grimes. Eventually, Grimes learns he is to be a father from Evelyn Coates, a strong-minded lawyer, with whom he had spent several nights with prior to leaving America. She insists on returning to America to raise their baby and it is through her insistence that he realizes that he also cannot live in Europe. Despite its glamour and rich culture, he can only call America home. He returns in spite of the dangerous possibility that the owners of the stolen money will return to claim it, marries Evelyn (despite Fabian’s dismay) and lives a domestic lifestyle with her. All the while Fabian continues to invest their money and assures Grimes of their profits. One night, Grimes and Fabian are driving home an intoxicated pornographic actress, whose first film they had invested in, when they are held up by two men with guns. Fabian attacks one of the men and is shot in the process. While in the hospital, Fabian confides to Grime that he had been cheating him and provides him with his bank account information. When he leaves, he is contacted by a lawyer who represents the owners of the $100,000. Grimes returns the money with no problem. Upon his return to the hospital he learns that Fabian has died in his absence.
Nightwork was probably my least favorite of all the Shaw novels I’ve read. There wasn’t much substance to it at all. I kept wondering how it was that Grimes could put such blind faith into Miles or even Evelyn. The novel started off intriguing but ended on such a quick and note that I couldn’t help but wonder if Shaw had tired of writing it and decided to just end it quickly. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I remember reading this book and then watching “Just Like Heaven” several years later. I wasn’t aware until after watching the film that the movie wasI remember reading this book and then watching “Just Like Heaven” several years later. I wasn’t aware until after watching the film that the movie was based on the book. It’s rare that I think so but I honestly thought the film was a lot better than the book. Where the book was attempting to be too dramatic, the film knew to add comedy....more