It is difficult to categorize Eric Jerome Dickey’s work.
His early titles dealt almost exclusively with the often tangled
dance of relationships between men and women, yet they could not be
classified as romance or erotic works despite containing elements
of both. And while his early and mid-period novels occasionally
strayed into the areas of mystery or crime fiction, they retained a
strong pull toward the exploration of relationships.
Recently, however, Dickey has been writing books that fit
comfortably, though not exclusively, within the thriller genre. His
novels featuring the international assassin Gideon (of which
RESURRECTING MIDNIGHT is the fourth) contain all of the
genre’s trademark elements while strongly retaining the
erotic aspects of his earlier work. The result is something that is
quite different from anything else out there at the moment.
Dickey’s Gideon is a man who was born in poverty and has
grown to become an assassin for hire. His background has been
delivered piecemeal over the course of the Gideon novels and in
such a way that the more that is revealed, the less we truly know.
But what we do know is that Gideon is ruthless, not entirely
likable, and seemingly without a moral code, which is what one
might expect of someone in his occupation. Also, following the
events of DYING FOR REVENGE, he trusts no one. But when he receives
a call from Arizona, a former lover, he reluctantly finds himself
drawn into an assignment on behalf of Scamz, a man who once saved
his life and is now Arizona’s husband.
As it turns out, Scamz is in possession of a briefcase that is
part of a matched set. The other briefcase is with a group of
assassins known as “The Four Horsemen” --- and they
will do anything possible to complete the set. Diametrically
opposed to each other, Gideon and a carefully picked team follow a
trail of mayhem, destruction and violence from the streets of Miami
to the alleys of Buenos Aires, where an apocalyptic confrontation
Along the way, Gideon discovers that almost everything he
believes to be true about himself and others is false, a revelation
that will affect every future second of his life. At the same time,
he finds himself in the crosshairs of a blackmail scheme set up by
a mysterious entity that seems to have access to his entire
portfolio. In order to save himself and those few people whom he
loves, Gideon is willing to do whatever is necessary to extricate
himself from what appears to be a gigantic double cross that will
leave few --- if any --- of the players left standing.
RESURRECTING MIDNIGHT doles out violence and erotica in equal
doses while presenting an exciting, riveting and addictive plot set
against the backdrop of one of the world’s most exotic and
dangerous cities. Gideon, while not being especially likable, is
matched against adversaries who are every bit his equal in ways
that the reader will never expect. The last 100 pages, in
particular, contain surprises that will leave audiences stunned,
including one that may well be unlike anything you have ever read.
If you don’t think of Eric Jerome Dickey as a thriller
writer, your entire perception of the man will be changed after
reading RESURRECTING MIDNIGHT.
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on January 24, 2011