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The Blue Edge of Midnightby Jonathon King
Synopses & Reviews
Featuring ex-cop Max Freeman, The Blue Edge of Midnight marks the debut of a powerful new crime series.
Max Freeman's old life ended on a night that will haunt him forever. The night he killed a twelve-year-old child in self-defense in a Philadelphia shootout. The night he stopped being a cop. Now he lives an existence of solitary confinement on the edge of the Florida Everglades, where he answers to no one but the demons that eat away at his conscience.
Until the night he finds the corpse of a child beside an ancient river. The night Max Freeman's past explodes into the present.
Suddenly, Freeman is thrust into the center of the search for a killer responsible for a string of grisly slayings that is baffling both local authorities and the F.B.I. Distrusted as an outsider by the longtime residents of the Glades and pulled into the case as suspect by the police, Freeman must walk a tenuous tightrope of distrust on both sides of the law. When another child goes missing, all eyes turn to Freeman-and the ex-cop, driven by his old habits and the memories of that long-ago Philadelphia midnight, knows that he has no choice but to hunt down the seemingly unstoppable murderer himself.
An electrifying story of crime, punishment, and one man's personal redemption played out against a backdrop of wild natural beauty in conflict with the modern urban world, The Blue Edge of Midnight heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in contemporary crime fiction.
"With his first novel, King jumps into James W. Hall territory and lands firmly on his feet. The author's stylish prose and insider's knowledge of the sinuous, dangerous Everglades give [it] a fresh twist. King uses descriptions of places and environment to reveal character and attitude, much as Hall, James Lee Burke, and Robert B. Parker do. Skillful writing, original characters and evocative settings initiate a welcome new series." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A remarkable debut. Whether taking us to the dark corners of the Everglades or the hard streets of Philadelphia, King's writing is gritty, vivid, and suspenseful. Jonathon King is a natural storyteller, and The Blue Edge of Midnight is the beginning of an exciting new series." Harlan Coben
"The Blue Edge of Midnight is a terrific book that begins the run of a great new talent in Jonathon King. From start to finish it is full of true character and jagged surprises. King adds new dimensions of depth and substance to the modern crime novel." Michael Connelly
About the Author
Jonathon King, a journalist for 20 years, began his career at the Philadelphia Daily News. He has covered crime and criminal courts and is now a national award-winning news feature writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The Blue Edge of Midnight is his first novel.
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