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The Midnight Road

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  46 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 Suffolk County Child Protective Services, Flynn has seen more than his share of misery, but nothing could prepare him for the nightmare inside the Shepards’ million-dollar Long Island home. In less tha ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 317 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2007)
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Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
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
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Steve Lowe
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jack Heath
Nov 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Synopsis: from the time he saw the girl, Flynn, an investigator for the Suffolk County Child Protective Services, had less than an hour to live.
Akshay Dasgupta
Dec 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have no idea what made me pick this book, I have no idea why I kept reading on though I was so disinterested and I have no idea what I just finished reading.
John Bruni
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No one quite does ethereal melancholy as good as Tom Piccirilli, and this is more evident than ever in this book. Flynn (which is probably his last name, but we never learn his first) is a CPS worker who likes nothing more than finding abusive fathers and beating the daylights out of them. He's a man who lives in the past. He loves his brother's souped up Charger more than he ever loved his ex-wife. He goes to theater screenings of noir. He has old posters of Bogie and Mansfield on his walls at ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Tom Piccirilli's writing. This book was dark and unpredictable....with lots of film noir references....what could be better? ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book started off at a really fast paced and I thought it was going to be a great ride. Half way through the story lagged and the end was incredibly disappointing.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down.

I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting a powerfully good read. I read it straight through from start to finish, and I now have a new author to explore.

Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Piccirilli's start writing horror fiction is on display in this book, a delicious waiting around every corner for the monsters to jump out of the dark. While there are monsters, none are of the supernatural variety; they exist in the darkness of homes and hearts, and they do their dirty work from there, only occasionally jumping out to show themselves.

The one major flaw in this story is its depiction of the autistic character. I don't want to divulge too much because then there'd be spoilers, bu
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you can overlook the more unlikely practices of this particular child protection officer, our main protagonist, you are left with a 'sort of', slightly supernatural crime thriller which quietly ramps up the 'creepy' and concludes with a bloody gore laden show down. In a basement. of course. Not Piccalilli's finest but I like his writing style, his damaged characters and find him a super easy and satisfying read.
Not a four star volume but a very high three.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Library Request on Audio. What just happened, some books leave me thinking what a great book, this one left me with what just happened. It was so over the top believable with its sever autistic person of interest for all the murders was so unbelievable it sort of ended my understanding of the book, bah humbug.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Piccirilli is a very good writer who pushes the boundaries with his thrillers that read more like psychological puzzles. This is not my favorite book of him, but the way he constructs his story is always intriguing.
Kathleen  Valentine
The plot line wasn’t bad, but the improbable hero was. I worked in Child Protective Services, and if I had pulled some of the stunts the lead character did, I would have been fired and perhaps arrested.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoyed this book will read more from this author. Yes I recommend this book. Thanks write more and more!
Sherri Anderson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book

I love this mans books. They keep one hooked and guessing always off balance. Off to get my 4th one to read.
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
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
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
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Larry H
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
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
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
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Another very solid noir by Piccirilli. I hardly knew anything at all about the plot and that shocking scene right at the beginning definitely surprised me. It set the mood for the next ~300 pages. The author again creates such a weird and dark atmosphere that seems very real, right to the point that it gets absolutely scary.

The plot is about a lonely traumatized social worker who one day discovers something horrible on an assignment. Iz gets weirder and darker from that point on right until the
Kim Taras
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Quite the road trip... not sure I'd be up for another ride with this author but the first was definitely different and engaging. Kept me on the edge not quite knowing what was real, and what was just the product of the protagonist's damaged mind. Unexpected curves and poor weather conditions kept me checking that my seatbelt remained fastened throughout. Would recommend for those who like a bit so something different. ...more
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this suspense novel. The notion of two brothers dying in the same car, with one of them surviving, was interesting. However, the plot was just not particularly well laid out. Oh well, can't win them all. ...more
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
A very strange but wonderful neo-noir tale.
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Thomas Piccirilli (May 27, 1965 – July 11, 2015) was an American novelist and short story writer.

Piccirilli sold over 150 stories in the mystery, thriller, horror, erotica, and science fiction fields. He was a two-time winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for "Best Paperback Original" (2008, 2010). He was a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award. He was also a finalist for the 20

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