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Vampire Detective Midnight

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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 play by the rules. More than anything, he just wants to be left alone, to finish out his immortality in peace... but he's barely there two weeks when things already start to go sideways.

It starts with a weird case involving inexplicable paintings that predict murders before they happen.

Between his mystery painter, a bunch of dead hybrid-humans, a conspiracy involving the richest families in New York, and a school principal who has an unsettling effect on him, Nick finds he can't get personally uninvolved with any of it.

Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he's pretty sure he'll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human masters -- assuming they don't just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.

VAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT is book #1 of a gritty, romantic new series set in a futuristic, dystopian New York, involving vampires, humans and psychics trying to rebuild their world after a devastating race war that nearly obliterated all of them.

First published June 25, 2019

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J.C. Andrijeski

198 books679 followers
Also publishes under the name Julie Light

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 romance series, ALIEN APOCALYPSE, features Jet Tetsuo, survivor and slave under alien conquerors, and her GATE SHIFTER series is about a shape-shifting alien and a tough-girl PI from Seattle. Her newest launch is QUENTIN BLACK, a science fiction romance and mystery series that’s a spin-off from Allie’s War but set in our own version of Earth.

JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand.

To learn more about me and my writing, please visit http://jcandrijeski.com. For more about the Allie's War series, visit http://allieswarseries.com

If you want to get an automatic email when JC's next book is released, join THE REBEL ARMY at tinyurl.com/JCAndrijeski.

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Profile Image for Pippa DaCosta.
Author 69 books1,506 followers
June 30, 2019
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 hybrid thing? I'm not sure, and as I haven't read the main series (this is a spin-off) perhaps I missed something? Despite that, I found myself intrigued by Nick, and I'm looking forward to the next book.
2,837 reviews42 followers
January 26, 2023
Fantasy world where vampires are part of society but the H is not trusted. The story hints at his history, clearly something traumatic. He trusts his instincts to solve crimes involving children. He also saves the h, a potential lover. He regains his job but his reputation is still uncertain. Great intro to new series.
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1,446 reviews5 followers
August 17, 2019
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 thriller with elements of fantasy and scifi, set into enchanting futuristic world, related to the world created previously by this author (Quentin Black series). If you are already familiar with this author's writing, you won't regret picking up this new series. If not, it's time to start, for this rollercoaster of suspense, mystery, and dynamic plot development is a guarantee of extraordinary reading experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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168 reviews11 followers
July 1, 2019
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 of what seers and hybrids are and what are the differences between them.

That aside, Vampire Detective Midnight is a good start of a spin-off series. We are introduced to the main character, we establish who he is and his connections to the other characters and there're hints throughout the novel that his past is worth exploring in another book. Side characters are also established enough to let us know we'll be seeing them in future books and that they will be important to the plot.

As for the author's writing: I had a couple of issues with that. Disclaimer here: I have an ARC which is not the final, published version, but more of a second-to-last version, so some of these could've been fixed by the time the novel reached the stores. Here they are though: there were a few instances where the level of the writing dropped to that of a draft (not a first one, but still a draft); the whole book takes place over something like two days, but with everything that went on, it feels longer and it should have taken longer; a person who disliked and distrusted Nick suddenly (and unrealistically) switched to really liking him and kind of trusting him; everyone in the book is really hot and all the women seem to want the main character.

Admittedly, that last one is more of a pet-peeve, but I'm listing off the things that bugged me and that was one of them.

I'd recommend Vampire Detective Midnight to readers who enjoy futuristic detective stories with a hint of Romance.

My rating: 4.5/5.
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2,740 reviews26 followers
June 24, 2019
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 principal who unsettles him and a conspiracy involving a very prominent and rich New York family. As he gets sucked into it all further will he survive or get re-programmed?

I absolutely loved this brand new series from this author which had a lot of grit, determination, drama, danger and raw emotions from the characters. I can't wait to find out what happens to Nick next and see where the stories take him. You can tell from the way he behaved in this story that he is going to be right there in the thick of anything happening in the future. Well written this was really enjoyable and I think would appeal to those who have enjoyed the Bridge and Sword series as well as new readers to the author.
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6,623 reviews38 followers
June 26, 2019
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 usual place: the more I loved a book, the fewer words I have about it. The characters are complex with multi-faceted motivations, and emotions that are far too real at times. The setting is a gritty, ‘1984’ feeling world that I hope never to live in, in spite of the fact that our own societies are starting to look all too much like the one where we find Nick. And now, after reading the teaser for the next book, I’m completely rabid to get my hands on it.
I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from the author.
233 reviews
July 28, 2019
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 even exist on this earth. He breaks all the rules to do it too as he can't risk the humans finding out the truth. Nick risks everything, including having his heart removed from his body. His detective partners are not as easily duped as he thought though so he is risking investigating on his own without back as well as the repercussions of breaking the rules. But Nick being Nick has to do the right thing no matter what.
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1,089 reviews
June 26, 2019
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 on earth. As you read this book you are in for some surprises and the plot twists with capture your attention.
Meet Kit, Ms.StMartin, Jordan and an enchanting little girl! I want to know where the next Vampire Mystery is coming out because the teaser chapters make me want more of the series!
697 reviews6 followers
June 20, 2019
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 hidden hints. A sentence, a couple words to spread a whiff of things to come, while developing a tale of who-done-it that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.
And at the last page I was left with the usual question: what, that's it? I want to know more!
I always fall into her fascinating word-traps!
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3,578 reviews55 followers
June 27, 2019
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 supporting cast, and exciting plot (which even has romance), “it” is also pretty darn wonderful reading fun. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend.
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3,578 reviews55 followers
June 27, 2019
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 supporting cast, and exciting plot (which even has romance), “it” is also pretty darn wonderful reading fun. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend.
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46 reviews1 follower
February 11, 2021
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, breaking policing rules set in place for his kind (vampire).

A new series by JC Andrijeski that will not disappoint.
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Author 13 books565 followers
June 25, 2019
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 really enjoyed the direction the Midnight series is taking. I can't wait for book 2.
Profile Image for Teri Tennison.
104 reviews
July 5, 2019
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 edge of your seat.
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601 reviews14 followers
October 8, 2020
In this post apocalyptic story there are humans, Seers, Hybrids (part human part Seer), and Vampires. The vampires are used as specialized workers who are tracked and monitored. Their surname tells what occupation they belong to. Naoko “Nick” Tanaka is a "Midnight"; used as a specialized law enforcement detective. I found the story, mystery and resolution to the crime interesting. I think fans of the post apocalyptic genre will enjoy it more than the fans of the vampire genre. This series is definitely not YA with the graphic sex (which I am not a fan of) and descriptive murder scenes.
2,048 reviews3 followers
June 28, 2019
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.
Profile Image for Kerry Sharp.
Author 5 books6 followers
December 12, 2019
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.
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1,451 reviews11 followers
June 28, 2019
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?
Profile Image for Tresa.
269 reviews3 followers
July 4, 2019
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!
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Author 6 books37 followers
September 30, 2019
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.
1,988 reviews
October 16, 2019
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!
758 reviews1 follower
July 7, 2019
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.
847 reviews1 follower
December 3, 2019
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.
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Author 7 books47 followers
December 20, 2019
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 smell of both things wasn’t exactly pleasant. He usually brought nose-plugs when he remembered, maybe for psychological reasons as much as practical ones, since it didn’t do much to cut the smell, given what he was. Still, while annoying, the smells weren’t that big of a deal. They mattered even less when he caught a wave.
Despite everything he’d said being accurate, the water did make his skin itch if he stayed in it too long. (p. 41).

But as a vampire, he heals fast, after he steps out of the decontamination shower.
And his vampire senses are super useful as a cop.
Stepped forward, he walked fast, not hiding his vampire reflexes or gait. He made a point of finding the bodies and weapons of every human he could smell, making eye contact where he could, seeking them out in the darkness under the mostly bombed-out building providing the shade. (p. 53).

Wait is this a spinoff? He’s got all this backstory that is hinted at… *runs off to check* it is. Nick is from the Quentin Black series. *runs off to check kindle* and I have TWO of those. Nice… I know what I’m doing over Christmas. So this is a long time in the future from the QB series? And a bit of a spoiler for what happens to Nick, eh?
But there is a decent setup of a useful hacker buddy, some supportive cops, some not so supportive, and a love interest of a sort, as well as an over arching mystery with the seers and the hybrids.
4 stars

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1,574 reviews17 followers
March 8, 2020
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 develops, he drifts deeper and deeper into a chain of events he can hardly fight.

I was somehow skeptical about this book, I adore Quentin Black and expected to miss him page by page. Furthermore, the Nick Tanaka I already knew (from the Quentin Black Series) is a very complex character, who to be brutally honest was often more dislikable than not, until it became somehow likeable. Nick “Midnight” Tanaka is a very different Tanaka, or should I say, a more evolved Tanaka. Somewhere along the pages I learn to not only like him, but almost more than like him 😉. I must confess that, much to my embarrassment, I even forgot to miss Quentin, just please do not tell anyone, I will vehement deny it, while I read the next books in the series.

JC Andrijeski has the rare ability to create whole new worlds, alien and familiar at the same time with interesting characters, that captivate our attention page after page. Her writing style is delightful as always, fluid, fast paced and vivid, which helps to get across the action elements without disregarding the more subtle romantic aspects of the story.

A wonderful series for mature readers that appreciate multidimensional characters and new perspectives.
305 reviews1 follower
June 26, 2019
Vampire Detective Midnight is the first book in a new series by JC Andrijeski. The main character is one of my favorite characters from the Quentin Black series: Nick.
It���s over 200 years in the future. The War was fought and everyone lost. The seers have left earth. Did Nick not want to go with them? Could he have gone with them? And Nick is back working for the police. Kind of.
Nick who was caught in a burning tree and turned against his will. Who fought the control everyone wanted to place on him. Who fought pretty much everyone and everything.
He has learned to control himself in the last 200 plus years but still chafes at having to ask “please, may I” before he does anything on his own. Only this time, there isn’t time. Isn’t time to get permission, to get someone to go with him. Because whatever else Nick is, he’s a darn fine cop!
Great storyline giving the reader just enough background information to understand how Nick got where he is in the story. Great character development like usual. Locations are described so well, you can see them in your mind.
Can hardly wait for the next book in the series!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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114 reviews15 followers
June 27, 2019
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 different. But still the same?

Full disclosure: I was NOT Nick's biggest fan from the QB series. Don't get me wrong, he's a great character, I'm just really mad at him because... reasons. As soon as I realized who's series this was I had this sense of dread that I definitely should've read the blurb, but after a while something weird happened. I kind of stopped wanting to punch him in the face. Then I kind of started to like him. Let's just say we're almost friends now.
210 reviews6 followers
February 27, 2022
200 year old detective still hunting killers

Vampire stories can be romantic, horrifying, or silly. But Andrijeski has given us a wonderful protagonist in Detective Midnight, as he is such a complex individual. The world built is phenominal as we learn the changes a made vampire experiences, with vestiges of his previous humanity still clinging as he deals with the emotional backlash from his vampire gifts. Heightened hearing, his sense of smell and even sight are assets to his job as a detective, but humans he works with are well aware they are the prey he was made to hunt. I loved this story, with its unique world, but whether it is our future or an alternate world is just one of the mysteries. I look forward to continuing this series. Detective Midnight is such a guy with his love of classic cars, such a vampire as he struggles with controlling his fangs and blazing eyes, super strength and speed, but where does concern for a child come from?
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223 reviews10 followers
September 9, 2020
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. Compared to the emotionally stunted Nick of the previous novels, he has fewer hang ups, but more baggage that I guess he’ll unpack during this new series. Since Nick lived through the end of the world, it’s really kind of light hearted watching him struggle to make friends in his new hometown.
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