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Vampire Detective Midnight

(Vampire Detective Midnight #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko "Nick" Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works as a "Midnight," or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all state-registered vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government housing, and basically can't sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about it.

Still, he's determined to
Published June 27th 2019 (first published June 25th 2019)
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Pippa DaCosta
This was a good read, with stand-out worldbuilding and an interesting bunch of characters from the straight-talkin' Kit to Jordan, the buddy cop, and of course, Nick, himself, the vampire detective and NYPD new "Midnight". I'm a sucker for complicated male characters and this book ticked all my boxes. There's little to no romance, so I'm not sure where the romantic element comes in. In fact, Nick's strange relationship with Wynter comes out of left field and feels pretty sudden. Maybe it's a hyb ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seers are supposed to be extinct.
Vampires are supposed to be rogue and see humans as food only.
Hybrids are supposed to be tagged and registered.
But nothing is as it's supposed to be.
And now when hybrids are being killed, strange paintings are appearing around the city, and a seer girl enters the scene, vampire detective Nick Tanaka Midnight has his hands full with the investigation of horrific crimes and complicated relationships with his human police colleagues.
A masterpiece of criminal th
Nov 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vampire Detective Midnight is the first book in a series of the same name which, apparently, is set in the same universe as other books by JC Andrijeski. That caused a tiny problem for me since I haven't read anything else by this author and I wasn't familiar with the terminology she uses. She's mostly explained things well-enough in this book, but it leaves the feeling that I'm missing something. It's not enough to confuse me, but it annoyed me that she didn't start off with a clear definition ...more
Mandy Parmenter
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Naoko "Nick" Tanaka is a vampire homicide detective recently transferred to the NYPD where he works in the employ of the human police. Described as a "Midnight" he gets his food delivered to the government housing he lives in. His wish is to be left alone and be able to work in peace but after just two weeks it all goes sideways when paintings start to appear on the street predicting murders with great accuracy before they happen. He becomes embroiled in the artist, dead hybrid-humans, a school ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need to figure out how to reprogram the system so that I can rate something at greater than 5/5 stars. This book had me twisted in knots trying to outthink it. I failed miserably since I didn’t see any of that coming. There’s just something about Nick that I have adored since the very first book in the Quentin Black universe I read. I’m not quite caught up on that thread, so this was a little bit of a spoiler for me. I loved this book. I really don’t know what else to say. I’m caught in my usu ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading about Nick in the future. It was a relief to see that he goes on to find some peace after what happens to him in the Quentin Black series. I always loved Nick's character. He deserves happiness but after becoming a vampire, he was really struggling. Now in the future as a vampire detective, he has very little freedom but he is much like the Nick we came to know and love as Miri's friend. He is struggling to find out who is killing a bunch of hybrid kids who shouldn't eve ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Remember Nick Tanaka, this book is about him after the seers have departed earth and the wars are over. It is an excellent story which leaves me wanting for more. I need some gaps filled in from where his story left off and what happened to Miriam and Black and others that left this world.
But this is an excellent mystery concerning Nick’s place in the dome city of New York. You get an very descriptive view of what the world now looks like how vampires live and the fact there are no more seers o
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first chapters of this book I thought, if that is the world Nick has to deal with, I don't want to know about it!
But, being a longtime addict to Ms Andrijeski's stories, I plodded on. And what do you know, she did it again!
When my stomach started to rumble, I realized I had skipped dinner and it was time to sleep. Let me tell you, I wouldn't skip a meal on purpose for anyone! As she does seemingly effortless, Ms Andrijeski sucked me into this story. Leaving, artfully, little h
The Mysterious Reader
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A “futuristic, dystopian New York populated by vampires, humans and psychics”, a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, “a kid who shouldn’t exist at all”, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans in the City, JC Andrijeski’s Vampire Detective Midnight: A Science Fiction Vampire Detective Novel has it all, and it is all pretty darn spectacular. Perfectly written and with a fantastic lead character (Naoko “Nick” Tanaka, the eponymous Vamp detective), superb sup ...more
The Mysterious Reader
A “futuristic, dystopian New York populated by vampires, humans and psychics”, a case involving dead hybrids, graffiti that tells the future, “a kid who shouldn’t exist at all”, and a possible conspiracy involving the richest humans in the City, JC Andrijeski’s Vampire Detective Midnight: A Science Fiction Vampire Detective Novel has it all, and it is all pretty darn spectacular. Perfectly written and with a fantastic lead character (Naoko “Nick” Tanaka, the eponymous Vamp detective), superb sup ...more
Peggy S.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Murder . Mystery. Mayhem.
This series is set in a post-war apocalypse world.
It’s a dark gritty world he is in now, trying to adapt and not feel used and abused for what he has become.
Nick, Naoko Tanaka is a vampire detective.
Working with the blues of New York, where he is called a Midnight, the night shift detective.
Trying to work his way through his past, he gets embroiled in a case that is far closer to his past then he thought possible.
As clues come to him he goes deeper into the case, break
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-beta-prize
I received Vampire Detective Midnight, book 1 of a Nick Tanaka spin-off of the Quintin Black series, from the author/publisher (via BookFunnel). The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. Unlike the original QB series, this storyline seemed more focused on the detective work than the society of the vampires and seers, which was a nice change from the QB and Bridge & Sword books. I'm sure we'll see more societal background as the series progresses, but I re ...more
Teri Tennison
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taut, thrilling mystery

Although this novel is a spinoff of JC Andrijeski’s Quentin Black series (and also tangentially of the Bridge and Sword series), it certainly isn’t necessary to have read either of those series to thoroughly enjoy this taut, thrilling mystery. Set in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by psychic/human hybrids and vampires, elements of dark fantasy, sf, and romance spice up a roller-coaster police procedural full of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes and the e
Keoki Ki`Ili
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow, I really want to know what happened in the last 100 years or so, like now! This is more like the Nick we knew before the change, I knew he was still there just waiting to come back. I love when this author takes on a journey in her worlds & now that they overlap it's like we're getting caught up with old friends. This series is great on it's own but especially enriched if you've read her other series & of course if you've read Black, you have to read the first one too. ...more
Kerry Sharp
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously good

A clever and carefully crafted post apocalypse universe where humans share with the dregs of other races, seers and vampires.
Nick has depth, with more to come. He is a principled vampire who works as a detective.
The cast of characters are well thought out and nicley portrayed, they're depiction fits perfectly there are no jars to the flow of the story.
One for my must read list will but the next in the series.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think that the author could make me like Nick but she managed it.

Set about 200 or so years after we last saw him in the QB books, he is light years away, character-wise from who he was then.

Honestly, I felt a little sorry for him.

That aside, this is a really strong start to a new series. Good plot. Fun and interesting characters. Tension.

What more could you ask for?
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight Rocks!!!!

Another great new series by such a fantastic Author!! Though it's weird reading about Nick being a good guy, hundreds of years have passed and he's now a Midnight, a vampire Detective for the NYPD. Great storyline, left me wanting more!!! Looking forward to reading all the books in this exciting new series!
Barbara Strickland
Loving this

I hesitated with this series as I was afraid it would be too much like Black. It is and it isn’t. Nick is so likeable despite his often brutal behaviour and there is a surprisingly fresh feel to this series but there are similarities and perhaps that is okay considering where Nick started. Hooked on this for now.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally awesome!

I've not read any of the other series by this author but I will be after this!
What a riveting, well constructed and brilliantly told story!
The attention to detail and the characters, quickly build a picture of this world in your mind and rapidly immerse you in the action!
K. Counihan
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Hidden Gem

The blending of the vampire and detective genres in a a post -apocalyptic world centered in and around NYC. The world is fully developed and lives, breathes,and gives and takes lives of the living and the dead. This will suck you in, and try hard to keep you.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This is a post war toxic world. Everyone lives inside domes. Vampires are controlled and constantly monitored. While there are many paranormal elements such as seers and vampires, this is still a good murder mystery.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, i-own
I love a good vampire story… excellent world building. A clever plot and an intriguing main character. [not sure I’d tag it romance, though.]
Never mind.
And he surfs, which in this world is something only a vampire can do; the cities exist under protective bubbles so the air is breathable, the seas are toxic and the environment outside of the domes is destroyed.
The water, despite the poisonous algae and toxic fumes, didn’t bother him. The smoke-filled sky bothered him even less, although the smel
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nick Tanaka just wish some peace... and falls right into mayhem

Naoko “Nick” Tanaka, also a recurring character in the “Quentin Black Series” by JC Andrijeski, has just been transferred to the NYPD, where - as a vampire - he works the night-shift as a so-called “Midnight”, a state-regulated vampire who assists the human police with “special” cases. Nick just want to be let alone, but unfortunately fate has other plans and his first case proves to be almost more that he can chew. As the plot devel
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kelly Martin
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually jumped head first into this book without even looking at the blurb, so it took my brain a bit to catch up to what I was reading. This takes place after AFTER the QB series and is SORT OF related, but not really? Think of them as separate as the QB series and Bridge & Sword books.

In the best way possible.


Still the same amazing action and mystery and surprises that keep you on the edge of your seat, but a different cast of characters. Well, except Nick Tanaka. Who is definitely differen
Elizabeth Meadows
A lighthearted surprise

Having just finished the Quentin Black Series, Naoko (Nick) Tanaka, “Detective Midnight” takes center stage as he has moved a hundred or so years into the future in New York City. Post Seer Wars and other apocalyptic events have created a futuristic spoiled Earth in need of captive vampire public servants. Unwilling to revert to newborn vampire psychopath Naoko, Nick has toed the line by working the night shift as a specialist sensory detective at homicide crime scenes. C
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-reads
I really enjoyed this new world and this take on vampires in the world. I just hope somewhere there is a precursor to let us know how all this came about. Live in domes, government housing. Life outside domes very hostile, some big war but no indication of how this all came about. Hopefully some of the other books by this author will give the back story. If someone reads this and knows where I should have started with the world let me know :) Looks like the author's entire portfolio is available ...more
Diane Selander- maglioli
Vampire Detective Midnight

Nick Tanaka is a vampire police officer who originally appeared in the Quentin Black series. This book follows him 100+ years after a war against seers, humans and vampires. This book follows the death of numerous hybrids, those of human and seer parentage, and the reasons and person who is the mastermind behind these murders. I could not put this book down. It was exciting and mysterious.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Because it’s a mix of the hardboiled detective, paranormal, and dystopian science fiction set in the future, I'm not sure hard science fiction readers will like this. But I suggest you give it a try.

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JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes sexy, apocalyptic and cyberpunk-y science fiction romance and mystery books, often with a metaphysical bent. Current works include the gritty, epic, psychic warfare romance, ALLIE'S WAR, which follows Allie Taylor and her antihero partner, Revik, in their attempts to save the world from a dark, psychic force. Her dystopian science fiction ...more

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