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See Night Run [Hardcover]

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Night Hume is good cop, an honest cop, a cop who believes in the job. For three years as an undercover narcotics task force officer he?s lived the life of the maggots he pursues? years that have cost him a home, a marriage, a daughter. Assigned to make a buy from a college professor who sells to her students, the last person he expects to meet is Ceridwen Laurence. Night knows dealers, and Ceridwen doesn?t fit the mold. What is it about her that makes him break the rules he?s lived by, question every precept, lie?to her, to his partner, to his boss, to himself? After twenty years as a cop, is he losing his faith in the law? Job in the balance, Night finds himself neck-deep in a government cover up that nearly costs him and his partner their lives. Now he must decide not only whether to gamble their lives exposing a political conspiracy no one will believe, but whether the enforcement of marijuana laws is worth a child?s life. Tough decisions? If he stay alive long enough to make them?

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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   Poison Vine Books
ISBN  1930859171  
ISBN13  9781930859173  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
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3Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Spy Stories & Tales of Intrigue
4Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Suspense
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Crime & Criminals > War on Drugs
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This book is more than fluff. It's bare sinew and blood. It's absolutely spare. It's a vision.

It's nothing like most of the pablum that NY churns out. Every word rings true.

Oh, God, please... Spare me the romance, the cop banter, the pros and cons of legalization. Who needs this? This is about as far from real writing as you can get. Purple prose, easy answers, conspiracies, romance, all topped off with an easy, tied up with a bow ending: this is so sophomoric it isn't even funny ( it's not, by the way).

Save your money and your time.

Few novels are actually about anything these days. This one is. If you appreciate truth in what you read, put this one on your list.
Just read this book for the second time and had my night's sleep ruined for the second time. What a trip.
In a controversial new thriller St.John brings a driving plot line to bear on the human cost of the drug war. Much as Upton Sinclair in his muckraking classics, The Jungle and King Cole, his aim is to expose ethical dilemma, and forcing us, at the point of a pen, to examine what we would rather not. In previous novels he has shone a light on injustice incipient in bio-engeneering and public schools (Sisters of Glass, A Terrible Beauty). Of his work to date, this is his most accessible novel, bearing as it does on an issue that has touched us all. In Maggot Night he has chosen as his target a drug war never meant to be won. Here he manages to totter along the tightrope between maintaining a seamless narrative and laying out facts while seldom succumbing to the temptation to preach. At 345 pages, Maggot Night is that rare animal-a story that informs and entertains. Brimming with facts about marijuana research and laws, it is an insiders view of the drug war and how it is fought. Told from the perspectives of enforcement officers and the suspects they arrest (with compassion for both), Maggot Night is a story that will touch readers deeply, while just maybe opening minds at the same time. The protagonist, Night Hume, an undercover INET (Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce) agent in Eugene, Oregon, has for three years lived the life of the street people in the drug culture he calls maggots (thus the title). His years undercover have cost him much-a home, a marriage, a daughter-yet, always the good soldier, he does his job. Assigned to buy from a college professor who sells to her students, he meets Ceredwen Lawrence-a most unlikely dealer. When, due to a misunderstanding and his own weakness, he rents a room in her home for himself and his teenage daughter, Night crosses his Rubicon. From this moment. Night, the unquestioning drug enforcement officer, is lost. Having something now to hide himself (living with a suspect) Night must lie to his partner, to his boss, to himself. But his troubles have just begun. Ceredwen's young daughter needs chemotherapy. With an initiative legalizing marijuana on the upcoming ballot, a routine bust turns deadly. Then, less than a week later, a meth lab raid explodes into an ambush Night barely survives. Lies discovered by his partner, Night is forced to choose between his job and the life of a woman he has come to care about. With Ceredwen about to lose her home to forfeiture, her daughter refusing to again endure the rack of chemotherapy, and a cover up protecting those who murdered his brother officers, Night is forced for the first time to question marijuana laws he has spent his life enforcing. Soon, asking too many questions brings the men responsible for the assassinations to him, and for the first time Night sees the other side of the equation. Simon, the government agent in charge of the cover up explains the drug war to Night this way:

"Get it yet? With drugs illegal everybody's happy. Congressmen get to save us by passing more laws and raising taxes to pay for them. Cops get laws granting admissibility of improperly seized evidence. Bureaucrats get more power. Lawyers get more business. Prison workers get job security. Cartels get higher prices. Juan in Cartagena gets a job. Police departments get millions in forfeited property. And Mr. and Mrs. America get to feel safe in their beds. Does it get any sweeter?"

It doesn't.

Simon's job is to make sure Night doesn't upset the apple cart. There is only one problem-with the screams of his dying companions echoing in his head, Night is not willing to play along-however much he might want to. The plot's climax, while it will not be popular with those with faith that the world owes its present state not to human design but to chance, is guaranteed to ruin a good night's rest. While St.John's dialogue rings true, his prose will offer Joyce Carol Oates no competition for her next literary prize. "Ordinary" is how Publishers Weekly describes his prose (Sisters of Glass), and I can do no better. While accurate enough, it is spartan. Imagery there is, and vivid, but don't look for lyricism. You won't find it. St. John's strong suit is not waxing poetic. He writes as real people speak, with one exception-a dearth of four letter words. As Mailer substituted "fug" for its evil big brother in The Naked And the Dead, profanity fills the place of obscenity here. While Mailer bowdlerized to appease the censor, at St.John's motives we can only speculate. While a curious lack (some would say shortcoming) considering the adult subject matter, it is no great fault-the mind, fecund wonder it is, colorizes without effort. What you will find in every scene, every sequel, every word-is conflict. Pure and simple. Cut to the bone, all that remains is story, and for character driven suspense, the technique is not all that hard to swallow.

Maggot Night is a story about people you will care about, laugh with, shed a tear for. But what may be the most important reason we should read it (and recommend it) is that no one who does can help but see the drug war for exactly what it is-a cynical sham.

Overpriced ... for trade paper, you may want to request it at your library or pick one up used on the net, but however you get it, this story is worth your time.


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