What People Are Saying
"Tomlinson has nice timing, and a good handle on voice. The Dallas author is an Okie, born and raised, and you can really hear his characters. And the characters are nicely fleshed out, too — real human beings with flaws that never lapse into cartoon two-dimensionality. It's a book about hope, which comes at a good time. After last year's polarizing election, it feels good to see through the eyes of his creations — people who are really interested in understanding one another's lives as opposed to just shouting over them.
— THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"The setting, 1994 Oklahoma, is vividly rendered ... native Sooner Tomlinson does a great job of giving his characters roots in an often overlooked locale - not quite the South, West, or Midwest."
"With its swiftly moving plot and compelling cast of characters, THE MIDNIGHT MAN is a lively portrait of America bearing down on the end of the last century: divided by race, united by the sense that we’re all in this together, set to be transformed by unimaginable violence. David Eric Tomlinson has the novelist’s finely tuned ear for language, the journalist’s grasp of unfolding history, and the native son’s unerring sense of place. His is an important new voice.
— RILLA ASKEW
° Author of FIRE IN BEULAH, KIND OF KIN, HARPSONG, THE MERCY SEAT, and STRANGE BUSINESS
° Two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award
"THE MIDNIGHT MAN is a novel about family in the modern world and the difficulties of finding true understanding in even the closest relationships. Woven around and through a tragic death penalty case, the characters come alive on each page. We see vividly, richly the human demands on those caught up in America’s system of capital punishment. This novel gives a rich portrait of the forces driving wedges between people on different sides of the death penalty debate and, perhaps more importantly, the forces that unite them.
This is a sad but wonderful book."
— AUSTIN SARAT
° William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science, Amherst College
° Author of WHEN THE STATE KILLS and author or co-author of more than 50 books in the fields of law and political science
"David Eric Tomlinson’s insightful debut novel overflows with grit and beauty. Tomlinson deftly portrays the interrelated machinations of both rural and urban America with the big-picture skill of a David Simon, while demonstrating the uncanny ear for language of a Richard Price.
Through it all, he never loses sight of the individual’s enormous potential for grace. Whether tackling issues of race or politics, crime or punishment, victims or saviors, THE MIDNIGHT MAN refuses to shy away from any horror. The result is a masterfully paced novel in which the terrible realism is only outmatched by the power of its redemptive force."
— MATTHEW HEFTI
° Author of A HARD AND HEAVY THING
° Veteran, law student, and volunteer for The Wisconsin Innocence Project, where he works to free the wrongfully convicted
"This is a big book. Big not so much in the sense of "long," but big in the way that it maps the intersections of the personal and the political; or, better, the private and the public. It also deftly engages with any number of genres, from legal procedural to domestic drama, as it asks us (we readers) to reimagine our own engagement with those things in our lives that feel so inexorable. Perhaps most timely about the book is its setting: Oklahoma, "flyover country," the early to mid-1990s. Hopefully we all remember what those coordinates entail, and have not forgotten how that particular history continues to reverberate in the history being made around us now.... some of that being history we can still prevent, if we care enough to do so."
— JOE MILAZZO
° Author of CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE
"Tomlinson meshes local politics, college basketball, and the south in this wonderfully gritty crime novel you just can’t put down
. THE MIDNIGHT MAN is a book to watch out for."
— DAVE WHITE
° Derringer Award-winning author of AN EMPTY HELL, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, and three other Jackson Donne crime novels
"It was an honor to have been a part of that Oklahoma State squad's success, and to relive the experience in the pages of this novel."
— EDDIE SUTTON
° Retired Oklahoma State University basketball coach
° First coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament
"Tomlinson ... weaves a fictional portrayal of five diverse Oklahomans in an ambitious novel about overcoming racial, social and political differences
— THE OKLAHOMAN
"The unexpected intersection of such diverse lives gives us a glimpse of what we can learn from each other if we keep ourselves open to possibilities."
— THE WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS