Dutton, April 2002, 22.95, 288 pp.
Max Freeman was a Philadelphia police officer working a beat and taking it easy when he's called to a neighborhood store that has a robbery in progress. Even at a distance, Max hears gunshots fired so he's prepared to go in shooting but before he enters the store, he takes a bullet. Almost as a reflex, he returns the fire and later learns he shot a twelve-year-old boy.
Even though it was a clean shooting, Max can't handle the fact that he shot a child, even rationalizing that the preadolescent was a killer in the making. He accepts a fantastic buy out from the police department and moves into an isolated shack in the Everglades. He's trying to distance himself from society but that won't be possible when a serial killer of four children tries to frame him for the crimes. Max, refusing to go down without a fight, uses himself as bait in the ultimate cat and mouse game.
This might be Jonathon King's first novel but it definitely won't be his last creation. He has developed a character who, though he is one of the walking wounded, is a heroic figure, trying to do the right thing even if he ends up in trouble because of it. Readers will love THE BLUE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT because of the complexity of the plot and the exciting finale. Picture an angst-laden Die Hard Bruce Willis fighting for survival and justice in the Everglades.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner