Midnight Cab

By James W. Nichol
Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
Read by Scott Brick

11.95 Hours 02/01/2005 unabridged
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A terrified three-year-old boy is found clinging to a wire fence at the side of a country road. The only clue found by authorities as to the child’s identity is a photograph of two little girls and a letter. Sixteen years later, Walker Devereaux is in Toronto to discover the truth about his biological mother. Working as an after-hours cabdriver, Walker befriends Krista, a smart-alecky, wheelchair-bound night dispatcher. Together, they search for a key to Walker’s past. But their after-hours sleuthing steers them ever closer to another abandoned boy who has become the embodiment of desperate, violent, and sinister pathologies.

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Summary

Summary

A terrified three-year-old boy is found clinging to a wire fence at the side of a country road. The only clue found by authorities as to the child’s identity is a photograph of two little girls and a letter.

Sixteen years later, Walker Devereaux is in Toronto to discover the truth about his biological mother. Working as an after-hours cabdriver, Walker befriends Krista, a smart-alecky, wheelchair-bound night dispatcher. Together, they search for a key to Walker’s past. But their after-hours sleuthing steers them ever closer to another abandoned boy who has become the embodiment of desperate, violent, and sinister pathologies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Nichol’s elegantly simple and taut prose becomes addictive.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“This light, engaging first novel by playwright Nichol is a coming-of-age story steeped in mystery. Nichol’s instincts as a playwright serve him well. The dialogue between Walker and Krista is quick and playful…The novel is well-paced and the pages turn quickly.” Publishers Weekly
“Suspense remains high because Nichol has a genuine gift for both language and plotting.” Booklist
“First told in a Canadian radio drama, it retains the dramatic and suspenseful tone of its original format. The characters are young and take charge of their lives, in spite of their handicaps and their unknown pasts, and they will appeal to young adults.” Kliatt
“Nichol keeps tension high by slipping off-kilter new characters into the deck and dangling repeated false solutions in front of Walker…A highly effective thriller that freshens familiar scenes, dodges, and themes by fleshing them out with an appealingly new cast.” Kirkus Reviews
“This is an engaging thriller that never lets its metaphorical foot off the clutch and races down mysterious roads, all leading back to the past, of course—with the aplomb of Harlan Coben. It also conjures up one of the most sinister and unforgettable villains crime fiction has drawn in a long time.” Gaurdian (London)

Reviews

Reviews

by evil_sorceror 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

very true to the original

This is a novel based on the midnight cab series originally written as 25 minute radio shows for the CBC mystery project. Most of the radio dramas were at one time commercially available in full professional stereo audio and I had bought as many as I could lay my hands on back in the early 2000's.

This book was a dream come true for me when I found it. A full length midnight cab novel read by Scott Brick. I bought it on mp3 Cd and read it several times. It was the book of the year for me that year, and I hope you enjoy it too.

I know they're out there, but I don't read many books about the place where I grew up. Ontario is home, and I lived in toronto for seven years. It was something to read about yonge and dundas square and other toronto landmarks having actually lived there.

The book deviates from the original midnight cab story a bit. Walker is adopted in the book, raised by his parents in the dramas. The mystery in the book deals with who his parents were and where they came from. OK, it's a plot liine that gets him to Toronto and keeps him there, but there were some really good angles in the radio dramas. I thought that several of them could have been combined to create a good crime novel with suspense that would not have involved recreating part of the character. It wasn't what I would have wished, but it was an easy adjustment for me.

Scott Brick did an absolutely tremendous job on this book. The man can read anything and I've enjoyed many of his books over the years. THis should be one of his best performances that I personally have ever heard. The characters were so perfect, I had visions of Scott carrying the midnight cab tapes around in his glove box, listening at home and on the road the way I had back when we still had tape players. Chrysta's irony, Walker's small town naivety, and alphonso's fly by the pants bravado were nailed. Reading this book with scott brought back all the memories of all the places I'd ever been with my tape collection.

There's a detraction for me though, and it's a deal breaker. Scott says aboot to try and sound like a canadian. The first time it came up, I had a bit of a chuckle at his expense. Then I started noticing it all the time and it got a little wearing. Then out became oot, outside became ootside, and whereabouts became whereaboots. That was the last straw for me. It was tough to take anything seriously after whereaboots. I used to be in an email group with Scott, and I always meant to ask him whether he did that, or if it was a producer/director behind the scenes. Either way, its' good for two points off out of what should be a 5 star narration.

Ideally, you'd want to listen to the cbc production first and then go for the book, but if you can't find the dramas any more, pick this up and enjoy a bit of canadian pop culture.

Author

Author Bio: James W. Nichol

James W. Nichol has been a prominent playwright in Canada since 1970. Midnight Cab, his first novel, was inspired by his immensely popular radio drama of the same name broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 11.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English