Monday, April 5, 2010

Finished: "The Midnight Road" by Tom Piccirilli

Finished: The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli, 2007, 9780553384086.

I did not like this book as much as Piccirilli's other novels. But, like all Piccirilli books, I was obsessively reading the novel until I finished.

Flynn works for Child Protective Services out on Long Island. He investigates an anonymous complaint during a blizzard. He finds a guy locked into a cage in a basement. He flees the house with the guy, a seven-year-old girl, and a French Bulldog. The crazy mom chases them in car, Flynn wrecks his car on ice, Flynn is frozen - dead - for 28 minutes, dog and girl die. Flynn is revived. People are killed with some connection to Flynn. Flynn is suicidal and a zombie walking through life - has been for thirty years. Things happen. People die. Twists turn. Flynn hallucinates the French Bulldog talking to him.

Since Piccirilli does the google I'll address him directly:

The problem I had with this, Piccirilli, is that it felt like the two main stories did not quite mesh. 1- There is Flynn, his car, his dead family, his dead brother, and all his angst and guilt. 2 - The murders in front of Flynn, the threats behind the killings, and Flynn's half-assed investigation.

The bulk of the novel seemed about Flynn and his issues with the murders floating in and out of the plot. Maybe that was the point. Flynn was a good character and the unwinding of his past and troubles was well done.

Enough sucking up to Piccirilli.

1. Piccirilli likes characters who like muscle cars.
2. This is another Piccirilli novel with a Long Island setting.
3. Piccirilli seems to like main characters who are troubled guys and either orphans or with long dead relatives.
4. I wonder if Piccirilli got heat from autism people for having the bad guy be autistic.
5. The bad guy was a surprise. I was wondering if the tactless reporter was involved.
6. I still have not gotten around to reading the most recent Piccirilli novel. Which is also set in a snowstorm.


Tom Piccirilli said...

Well, thanks for the comments. Sorry you didn't dig this one as much, but so it goes.

Yeah, I revisit themes and elements in my work, the same way most authors do. It's a part of who I am, and much of who I am is what the book is.

Hope you keep reading.

Gerard Saylor said...

Yeah, I'll read the latest novel once I get through my current stack of waiting books.

I did just think of a question for "Ask Me Monday".