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The graveyard shift
Higgins, Jack, 1929-
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Unabridged edition.
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, CA : New Milennium Audio, 2002.

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5 audio discs (approximately 5.25 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Compact discs.
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Sound Cassette

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All the creeps and thugs are out during the graveyard shift. It takes a special person to handle people and their weapons at that hour of the morning. This story brings suspense and police action to the fore. Not an hour you want to be out

Author Notes

Jack Higgins is a writer and educator, born in Newcastle, England on July 17, 1929. The name is the pseudonym of Harry Patterson. He also wrote under the names of Martin Fallon, James Graham, and Hugh Marlowe during his early writing career. He attended Leeds Training College and eventually graduated from the University of London in 1962 with a B.S. degree in Sociology.

Higgins held a series of jobs, including a stint as a non-commissioned officer in the Royal House of Guards serving on the German border during the Cold War. He taught at Leeds College of Commerce and James Graham College. He has written more than 60 books including The Eagle Has Landed, Touch the Devil, Confessional, The Eagle Has Flown, and Eye of the Storm. Higgins is also the author of the Sean Dillon series. His novels have since sold over 250 million copies and been translated into fifty-five languages.

His title's The Death Trade and Rain on the Dead made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Previously published in England under Higgins's real name, Harry Patterson, this 1960s police thriller is the first of three featuring Detective Nick Miller to be released in the United States. Ben Garvald, a notorious thief, is finally getting out of prison, much to the dismay of his former wife and sister-in-law, who go so far as to enlist police protection. While Miller, an educated officer versed in judo and karate, tracks Garvald, hoping that the ex-con will lead him to stolen money never recovered from his final crime, Detective Constable Brady, a jealous colleague of Miller's, secretly confronts Garvald's ex-partner in an effort to solve the case himself. Instead, Brady winds up in a hospital bed, and Garvald, having witnessed the attack, becomes a target. Despite Miller's sophisticated front, he muscles information out of Garvald's acquaintances with the finesse of a hardboiled detective. Miller's abrasive personality takes some getting used to, as does his way with words (like a true '60s detective, he refers to women as "birds" and "tarts"). Though mystery buffs will appreciate the Mickey Spillane-like characters and cadence, this straightforward procedural lacks the espionage elements and historical content of Higgins's bestselling novels (The Eagle Has Landed) and may prove too dated for popular consumption. (Dec. 3) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

First published in Britain in 1965 and written under the name Harry Patterson, Graveyard Shift introduces police detective Nick Miller. Young, well educated, and soft-spoken, Nick must establish his credibility with his colleagues as well as solve a perplexing mystery. On his first night on the graveyard shift, Nick is instructed to locate recently discharged convict Garvald and warn him away from his ex-wife. Nick meets many characters in his search, and he soon realizes that someone else is looking for the convict, someone with lethal intentions. Patrick MacNee reads compellingly and makes the many characters come alive. He uses accents, pacing, and tonal variations to delineate gender, age, and personality of people meeting in the night. Recommended for mystery collections.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.