Midnight Sleeper

Yellow Dog Train

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
356 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2017
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Author Biography

MIDNIGHT SLEEPER came out of my first novel STAND YOUR GROUND when Roy LaHood finds a photograph of his grandfather Beau LaHood, a Pullman porter in the Jazz Age......

-New York Foundation of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
-Columbia University, BA, MFA.

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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

The story is set against the backdrop of the 1920s, with social upheavals becoming the order of the day and the KKK gathering a wide following, characterized by lynching and mob justice. It’s a time like no other, with Wall Street manipulating to determine who gets richer and who gets stripped of their wealth. It is against this backdrop that a hero arises, a Southern woman who makes friends with a Pullman porter and disrupts existing conventions to get justice for those who merit it. Midnight Sleeper by Raeder Lomax is a powerful story that transports readers to the horrors of the early 1920s and explores powerful social issues of the time.

I was seduced right off the bat by the excellent writing and the storytelling skills of Raeder Lomax. The jazz age comes out vividly through the story and the reader can’t help but be attracted to the compelling and rock-solid characters. There is a lot of action taking place in this story and the reader can’t resist its emotional intensity, the goriness of the activities of the KKK, and the realism that comes alongside character development. The dialogues are very natural, interesting and plot-driven, and the author does an awesome job in allowing the linguistic elements of the time to come across in the narrative. Here is a story from a terrific writer, a story that will entertain, enlighten, and inform readers. Midnight Sleeper has a fascinating setting, a beguiling plot, and characters that feel as real as the reader’s next-door neighbor. A thrilling read, indeed!