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Midnight Plus One Hardcover – 1965

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Companion Book Club; Collectors Edition edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001OXQL00
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,834,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London published Fiction


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Format: Paperback
I don't normally do reviews, but I am prompted to do so by Officer Dibble who seems to have missed the point completely. If this book will frustrate the Dibbles, it will delight many. Reviewer Dibble dislikes its silliness and no doubt hates the 39 Steps, the plot of which this novel basically shares. The silliness is the enjoyable and forgiveable silliness of the plotting found in all the Hannay novels or perhaps in a Geoffrey Household novel. One happily accepts such silliness for a prose style that several notches up the ladder from a MacLean novel - Dibbles inappropriate comparison. On the evidence of this book Lyall was that satisfying combination of both a wordsmith and a storyteller. I will happily agree that the moralising reflections are its least successful aspect, but they are not mind-numbing and it is refreshing that they are even attempted.
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Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was about tweleve years old. I have read this cover to cover many times since. Gavin Lyall created some charactors with real texture. If you like hardboiled with European flavor, this is the book for you. Unlike their American counterparts, the heros of Europe has a little blueness to their hardness.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have had this book in paperback for years and decided to get the hardback version as it is a great story to reread like all of Gavin Lyall's books. The condition wasn't quiet up to the description but it is a fair number of years old and a lot better than my poor old p/back.
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Format: Paperback
The book: An ex-SOE operative is hired to transport a businessman across half of Europe, with a deadline involving millions of pounds. It all starts off wrong, when the first body is found close to the starting point - and it gets more complicated, more tense, and more treacherous along the way.

The author: Lyall served in the RAF in the early 1950s, and his first strand of thrillers is usually about pilots (though this particular one isn't):
The Wrong Side of the Sky (1961)
The Most Dangerous Game (1963)
Midnight Plus One (1965)
Shooting Script (1966)
Venus With Pistol (1969)
Blame the Dead (1973)
Judas Country (1975)
his two other 'strands' are on the number Ten SAS adviser Major Maxim; and the 'Honourable' series of four is about the fledgling British spy service at the start pf the 20th century.

My opinion: very very good: well-written, well paced, knowledgeable, and springing sudden tension in unexpected places. The slightly washed-out and self-doubting 'hero' makes this more realistic than many a thriller; this is a tight, well-crafted thriller with a devious plot, of which the strands are only getting clear slowly. One of Lyall's best!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Having read Lyall's other books over the decades I was delighted to find one I had missed. I wasn't disappointed at all. The hero, like most of Lyall's, is flawed, but seems to have insight into his failings. I enjoyed the twists of the plot and, perhaps naively, didn't predict the denouement.
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