Published by Gollancz London on May 8, 2014
From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse, comes a new, darker story - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it...
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and runs the store during the night). There's a diner (although those folk who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there's new resident: Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
If you stop at the one traffic light in town, then everything looks normal. But if you stay awhile, you might learn the truth ...
Midnight, Texas is a town full of secrets…if you could call it a town. Small and ramshackle, it boasts a pawnshop, a gas station, an antique store that also doubles as a nail salon and a restaurant, yet it’s the one traffic light that makes most people stop when speeding through the dusty roads would have been preferable. For Manfred Bernardo, the sleepy town is exactly where he wants to settle and manage his online Psychic business.
Renting a house from the town heart-throb and pawnshop owner Bobo, Manfred quickly learns that the best way to get along in Midnight is not to ask questions as he meets characters as diverse as Fiji the witch and Lemuel the energy sucking vampire. However the quiet stillness is shattered when a town picnic uncovers the body of a missing former resident. Suddenly the residents of Midnight and their many secrets come under the spotlight as an investigation is launched.
Harris’s talent for combining small town charm with the paranormal can’t help but suck you in to these quirky characters’ lives. Each with their own vivid personalities, straight-shooting Southern manner and mysterious pasts, Harris crafts a community of misfits, marching to the beat of their own drums that will soon have you tapping your feet along with them.
While a little slow to start, the story soon gathers pace and flows easily as Harris draws us deeper into the mystery and cleverly distracts us with several side plots that are equally enthralling. With themes as diverse as magic, mystery, murder, racism and psychopathy, Harris sets the bar high for this new series and manages to deliver a delightful, readable and compelling story.
Signalling the return of Harris as the queen of urban fantasy, MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD with its oddball cast, southern charm and easy pace will whet your appetite for more of her original supernatural mysteries.