John Farris has had a long and prolific career, writing in both the horror and thriller genres, and NIGHTFALL is one of the latter. The story follows a terrifying killer named Angel who has the ability to force catatonic states, and is in a mental institution for two murders and the attempted murder of his wife. The grandson of a powerful Mafia don, Angel manages to escape and seek out his wife and son to finish the job. She has been whisked away to Mississippi courtesy of the don and is in protection by one of the don's grandsons as well. Anita has a new name and a new life, but lives in fear of Angel's return. Enter Clay Tomlin, a retired naval pilot who suffers from night blindness. Tomlin is the lnndlord of the house in which Anita and her son Tony are staying, and Tomlin takes an instant liking to his tenants. Of course, Anita's keeper, Carl, is jealous of this and soon a web of murder, deceipt and terror begins.
NIGHTFALL is a quick and easy read, and while not one of Farris' best, it's still good thriller reading.