Midnight Sleeper Series, Book 1
by Raeder Lomax
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Pub Date 30 Jun 2023 | Archive Date 20 Jul 2023
The Midnight Sleeper Series: Come along to the Jazz Age as it bursts onto the scene, 100 years ago, and yanks the Victorian era off of life support to give us the turbulent years of the 1920s: a time with no plan and no direction, but loaded with energy and creativity, and a madness that always rides piggyback on good intentions. Come along with Beau LaHood and friends to a world long gone and live in it as it is written and spoken. Hear the roar of coal-fired steam locomotives; board floating speakeasies just out of reach of the authorities in New York; then visit distant lands where a different kind of madness is brewing as people speak as if no one is listening. Then encounter a sorceress reluctantly abiding in a world that dismisses all wonder save for the corrosive grab for power. Come, there’s no time to waste.
KIRKUS REVIEWS Midnight Sleeper, Book1
"Lomax has a knack for memorable phrases; one character, for example, has 'a face as long as a sermon,' and another 'smiled the way a crab crawls.' The author also has a gift for the sort of wiseacre repartee that one imagines people speaking in the Roaring ’20s. Period details, meanwhile, are spot-on; Lomax has clearly done his homework. ..Lomax keeps the plot (and readers) hopping in this quirky novel.
Average rating from 19 members
Wow! Just WOW! What a gripping read. Took place during the 20’s step behind the scenes of speakeasies. Whether in New York or on. The locomotive. Takes place during prohibition and the gritty part of bootlegging life.Characters are so well developed, you can’t help but root for them to succeed with their naughty deeds. This includes porter Beau LaHood, a Jim Crowe era guy trying to make a living to support his family. Not that he ever has time to spend with his family, but he supports them nonetheless. He helps his childhood friend pass off her homemade whiskey, whose very wealthy family did at one time own slaves. The side stories enter twine seamlessly. I would highly recommend reading. Thanks to the follow for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
Pub Date: 14 April 2023
This was a pleasant surprise as it's a well written, powerful, and gripping portrait of the USA during the Roaring Twenties.
An intriguing and gripping historical fiction that I loved and kept me hooked.
Cant' wait to read other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher for this arc, all opinions are mine
So this book caught my eye big time. Loved what the blurb said. Cover looked instering. Was extremely happy to see the full series here on netgalley.
Kept me pulled into it
Couldn't put it down
Didn't take long to read this book and once I finished it I immediately went into book 2. Abostly loved this book.. Amazing start to the series. Highly recommend it 5 star book and I already told a few people that they need to read this book
A magnificent fictional portrait of America during the Roaring Twenties, superbly written, cunningly plotted, gorgeously choreographed and blessed with a terrific cast of exquisitely drawn characters.
Midnight sleeper is very addictive and it deserves to be discovered and enjoyed without any moderation whatsoever!
Many thanks to Hudson Square and Netgalley for this fabulous ARC
Midnight Sleeper 1
By Raeder Lomax
This book covers a lot of ground. It covers the post-Civil War south with its reconstructed society. It covers prohibition and the selling of illegal substances during the jazz age. And it covers the famous railroads of the period, which were considered the height of luxury trail at the time. Murder and mayhem abound.
It is the story of a savvy young southern socialite and a black train porter who form a partnership to get around the law. The descriptions of what goes on – from the lynching of an innocent black man to the death and destruction caused by bootleg liquor – are very realistic and graphic. The author doesn't sugarcoat these happenings.
Beau LaHood and Shelby Prevette make a great team. I look forward to whatever they get up to next.
It is not often I read a book that I think would be a great movie but Midnight Sleeper by Raeder Lomax is one I could picture clearly on the big screen. The roaring twenties, jazz, prohibition, violence and the sad history of our country, everything needed for a great story.
Thank you to Hudson Square Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.
This novel is rich in historical detail and has vivid characters that you wont soon forget. Great start to a new series.
Many thanks to Hudson Square Press and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Midnight Sleeper is the first book in a historical mystery series by Raeder Lomax. Released 3rd July 2023, it's 356 pages and is available in ebook format. Other editions are available in paperback. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats.
This is an engaging and well written historical mystery set during prohibition in the US. It's often quite unflinching and I found it difficult to read at some points, given the undeniably historically accurate but nevertheless quite painful, racism, sexism, governmental corruption, and violence.
The language and vernacular are unvarnished and sometimes quite unsettling to read. There are multiple uses of the "n-word" and mentions of sexual abuse and racism/sexism.
For all that, it's well written, with a tight, action driven plot, and three dimensional characters.
Four stars (with the aforementioned issues).
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes