Private Midnight
Kris Saknussemm
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Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM By Kris Saknussemm

Detective Birch Ritter is a man on the edge of himself His past is filled with secrets, shadows, guilt, and ghosts Then a dubious police buddy he hasn t seen in a year introduces him to a mysterious woman who says her business is shadows What she knows about what lies between the darkness and the light inside men is than Ritter may want to find out, and much tDetective Birch Ritter is a man on the edge of himself His past is filled with secrets, shadows, guilt, and ghosts Then a dubious police buddy he hasn t seen in a year introduces him to a mysterious woman who says her business is shadows What she knows about what lies between the darkness and the light inside men is than Ritter may want to find out, and much than he can resist learning It s said that to try to forget is to try to conceal, and concealing evidence is a crime But maybe revelation is another kind of crime against nature.Kris Saknussemm, the widely acclaimed author of the sci fi smash Zanesville, now delves into another genre, and another world a world where even the sunlight is shadowy and where deviancy is the norm Private Midnight is a journey into the seedy, sexy, underbelly of life crime noir for a new generation.
  • Title: Private Midnight
  • Author: Kris Saknussemm
  • ISBN: 9781590201763
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Hardcover

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Kurt Reichenbaugh Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
What a cool, weird book this is. Saknussemm takes elements of noir, horror, erotica, mystery and a dose of good-old-fashioned pulp and delivers a dark carnival of a book about obsession, submission, gender and identity. The novel is told through Detective Birch Ritter's voice as he investigates a pair of bizarre suicides that may be connected. He is introduced, through a missing ex-partner, to Genevieve Wyvern. Birch quickly learns that Genevieve is more than just a mystery woman with a heart of [...]
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Jamieson Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Inside all of us is something wanting to break free.No one knows this better than Detective Birch Ritter. He is a man on the edge of himself and he doesn’t know if he can keep himself from falling. Divorced and alone, he lives for his job. His job is his life. The long hours keep him from thinking of what could be.And especially what was.While investigating a case where a business man was chained to the inside of his car and the car set aflame, he receives a visit from an old police buddy, som [...]
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Neil Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
This is the story of a cop, slightly crooked, in a downward spiral after a divorce. The number of unhappy events in his life is stacking up and he's having a difficult time. He becomes involved in some unusual cases, and even more critically, with a strange woman who seems part seer, part dominatrix, and perhaps part monster. Our cop protagonist eventually discovers that he's going through some rather odd changes. I can't say much: It's difficult to write much about this book without spoiling.Th [...]
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Kelly Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
I give Kris three for well written, but two stars for poor judgement call with sexual description. I didn't realize of course that the inside of the cover said 'psychoerotic noir fairytale' until I was about a quarter of the way through and after a few more chapters, dropped it due to lack of momentum. There are just some books out there that don't move slow enough or quick enough for the best of us.
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Richard Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
(I'll avoid any major spoilers, but don't make any promises regarding spoiling developments of mood or the broad plot outlines that can be found in the publisher's blurb. I will say that when the publisher's blurb says "vampires", they're wrong. There is no vampire in this story. There is something worse.)    OK, this is a very strange book.     It starts off mildly strange: it is clearly a hard-ass, tough-as-nails, police procedural (if you don't know the sub-genre, see ). The protagoni [...]
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Matthew Revert Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
The title of Kris Saknussemm’s ‘Private Midnight’ conjures myriad meanings. At the most basic level, you can sense the noir overtones. Upon picking up the book, you may be forgiven for believing you’re about to embark upon a mystery novel, and in a sense, you are, just not really the kind of mystery you have in mind. Dig a little deeper and the title begins to contort and take on new meanings. It provokes a sense of isolation and loneliness – a soul shrouded in darkness. In this sense, [...]
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Jim Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Alice in Wonderland as told by the cast of Deep Throat without any depth - no pun intended. Perhaps if I empathized with any of the characters my reaction would be different. The allusions to Alice In Wonderland are as subtle as blunt force trauma, which could be forgiven if, like Alice, there was cause for belief suspension. But Saknussemm keeps interjecting flashes of reality into the mix. While Alice befriended the constant flow of strange events and characters, there is but one piece of stra [...]
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Brent Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
It seems like a detective story, and retains a lot of the conventions, the tough but flawed police detective, the femme fatale who holds all the cards, and is also the suspect in a murder investigation. It doesn't stay there however, opening up into a completely different avenue to consider things like facing the past, repression, power, gender struggles and the difficulty of fighting something you can't even understand. Fascinating and original story and well worth your time.
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Andy Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Wow. This was one wild ride. If you decide to read it, prepare yourself. This is so much more than a hard-boiled mystery. It's an examination of sexuality, gender roles, psychology, violence, power and real horror. Not for the squeamish or cozy mystery readers.
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Dan Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
The second half of this book might be absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, I will never know because I can't convince myself to dig through another 150pgs of nothing.The problem with trying to do a David Lynch movie in book form is that he creates amazing visuals that you just don't get in prose.
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Al Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Waste of time. Nonsensical. Hard to read and follow storyline. Rated F.
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Ace McGee Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
This book took some time & effort to get through. (Too many 5 page sessions?) Hard case homicide dick ends up obsessed with and by a mysterious woman who, like her home, is different-shifting- with every visit. Haunted by “El Miedo” Office Ritter looks for redemption and hopes for love from Genevieve, the unfathomable woman who seems-to know all about him (and everyone-else for that matter) & gives him ‘homework’ between visits. Better as I read for longer stretches.Questions: Wh [...]
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Gabriel Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Remember seeing "From Dusk Till Dawn" in the theater, in its original release?Well, maybe not. Guess you'd have to be a certain age, maybe a certain gender, for that. But for me, as a teenager, seeing that movie was kind of eye-opening. Because halfway through, the movie does its volte-face, and you have an entirely different genre of movie on-screen, with attendant different expectations governing the way you think about it. And of course, the movie is about changed expectations, about changeli [...]
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Geoff Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Detective Birch Ritter. Man, cop, Noir protagonist of Private Midnight. Once started, this novel feels like a police-procedural, but it’s so much more than that. Multi-layered to begin with, it quickly takes on a dreamlike quality. Loaded with psychosexual tension and noir-metaphors, it’s very easy to read, and even easier to get lost in. Then, towards the end, it takes an even darker turn (if that’s possible); a turn no-one can see coming, yet seems a natural direction when it arrives.The [...]
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Hakim Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
SICK BOOK ! Absolutely astonishing. Rarely have I read a book that transcends genre so well. You may call it 'psychoerotic neonoir' but I believe Private Midnight is so much more than just a label. The bleak, dark, violent, sexy, intense and bizarre atmosphere of the book will be haunting me for a long, long time, just like David Lynch's Inland Empire and David Cronenberg's Videodrome still do. Kris Saknussemm is a master of fiction and story telling. Private midnight is wonderfully written and [...]
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Alex Telander Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
PRIVATE MIDNIGHT BY KRIS SAKNUSSEMM: From the author of the quirky and outright bizarre Zanesville comes a new novel that takes the classic noir detective story and boils it down . . . then bakes it . . . then deep fries it; and throws in a bunch of sex and kinky stuff. The resulting recipe is Saknussemm’s Private Midnight.Saknussemm harnesses the voice and feel of a classic, noir detective novel from the very first page. Detective Birch Ritter has everything a detective of his type needs: a c [...]
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Lyric Powers Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Told in the voice of the crime noir classics, with intense erotica and unsettling psychological horror in abundance, Detective Birch Ritter's story is one I can guarantee you've never heard. Over the course of his unhappy and unfaithful life, he has seen much of the surface darkness of humanity--the crimes we commit against each other, the lies we sell--but with the introduction to what he at first assumes to be a high class hooker, he is exposed to an inner darkness that even he could never hav [...]
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William Thomas Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
A crooked combination of Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn, Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore and Herman Hesse's Steppenwolf. It comes off with the flavors of all 3 of these books with an added off-hand first person prose properly imitating noir. It isn't Saknussemm's forte, noir, but he gets it right. Sometimes the sentences are too jagged, like James Ellroy without the jazz, but it's easy to overlook. What this book is most importantly is something metaphysical and something existential [...]
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West Hartford Public Library Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
The jacket describes this book as a "psychoerotic noir fairytale" and that doesn't even begin to describe the wild ride that is Private Midnight. Birch Ritter is a tough as nails LAPD homicide detective whose life is coming unraveled. His girlfriend shot him, his wife divorced him, and even his partner asked for a transfer. Now, as he investigates two suspicious suicides, he finds himself drawn to a mysterious and beautifull woman, Genevieve, who offers to unlock the secrets of his past and his [...]
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Catrina Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
This is one of those books that no matter how many times you read it, something new will pop out at you. What you think is going to be a detective story quickly turns into a soul searching experience when Det. Ritter meets Genevieve. Past experiences, sexuality and the supernatural all come into play. This book made me ask myself how much would you be willing to go outside of society's norms to be your true inner self? What would you be willing to give up and change? Could you stay sane in the p [...]
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Glenn Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
The jacket describes this book as a "psychoerotic noir fairytale" and that doesn't even begin to describe the wild ride that is Private Midnight. Birch Ritter is a tough as nails LAPD homicide detective whose life is coming unraveled. His girlfriend shot him, his wife divorced him, and even his partner asked for a transfer. Now, as he investigates two suspicious suicides, he finds himself drawn to a mysterious and beautifull woman, Genevieve, who offers to unlock the secrets of his past and his [...]
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Kim Kash Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
This is one of those books that makes the reader feel very uncomfortable: whatever happens next is not going to be okay. It also made this reader feel confident that I was in good hands. A less skilled writer than Saknussemm could not so successfully mess with genre, with emotion, indeed even with physics. Pulp, noir, erotica, and horror all churn together in Detective Birch Ritter's nightmarish entanglement with the hypnotic Genevieve Wyvern. Describing the plot would be beside the point. This [...]
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Ben Arzate Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
FULL REVIEWDespite some flaws, Private Midnight is an unusual but excellent read. A beautifully written mixture of gritty neo-noir, supernatural horror and bent erotica. I give this a recommendation, and I’ll be picking up more of Saknussemm’s work.
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Overlook Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
A crime-noir thriller, full of great one-liners, innuendo, and grizzled characters. But the answer to this case is a bit more than unpredictable-it will change this hardened investigator's life forever.
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Sonia Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
During the initial chapters of this book, I didn't think I'd care for it. But once Birch visits Genevieve for the second time, the novel takes an occult turn and kept me turning the pages until the end.
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Madeleine McLaughlin Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
There's a lot of crudity, sex and supernatural going on in this book. It is well written, about corruption and seeing yourself as you are. But I think, not to everyone's taste. But if dark is your thing, I say go for it.
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Julene Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Kris Saknussemm read in Seattle this month, so I heard him read from this 'noir' novel. I read Zanesville and look forward to his 2nd book.
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Rebeca Schiller Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
Read my review on alvahsbooks/?p=438
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Wonderwoman Oct 21, 2019 - 04:37 AM
I've read a substantial number of books and this is, without a doubt, the worst book I've ever read. I'll keep this as a reference so I can be reminded of what NOT to do when I write.
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Private Midnight By Kris Saknussemm Detective Birch Ritter is a man on the edge of himself His past is filled with secrets, shadows, guilt, and ghosts Then a dubious police buddy he hasn t seen in a year introduces him to a mysterious woman who says her business is shadows What she knows about what lies between the darkness and the light inside men is than Ritter may want to find out, and much tDetective Birch Ritter is a man on the edge of himself His past is filled with secrets, shadows, guilt, and ghosts Then a dubious police buddy he hasn t seen in a year introduces him to a mysterious woman who says her business is shadows What she knows about what lies between the darkness and the light inside men is than Ritter may want to find out, and much than he can resist learning It s said that to try to forget is to try to conceal, and concealing evidence is a crime But maybe revelation is another kind of crime against nature.Kris Saknussemm, the widely acclaimed author of the sci fi smash Zanesville, now delves into another genre, and another world a world where even the sunlight is shadowy and where deviancy is the norm Private Midnight is a journey into the seedy, sexy, underbelly of life crime noir for a new generation.

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