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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Midnight Guardian


Creator: John C. Bruening
Jack Hunter (Asst. D.A.)
Frank “Buzz” Hunter (Jack’s cousin)
Ed Gallagher (D.A.)
Betty Carlyle (D.A. secretary)
Sam Tagert (Chief of Police)
Lt. Mike Dugan (Chief of Detectives)
Bart Maxwell (Tribune Reporter)
Dan “Doc” Kendall (Pharmacist)
Stephen Bentley (Mayor)
Hank Cremshaw (Fire Chief)
Nicholas Diamond (Mob Boss)
Vinnie Marshall (Nicky’s childhood friend)
Luke Simone (Mob lieutenant)
Johnny Kawalski (Mob driver and gunman)
Dominic LoCastro (Mob Lawyer)
Anthony Reynolds (Judge – in pocket of the mob)
Oliver Pruett (Sparks – explosive expert)

It’s 1936, and after more than a decade, Nicky Diamond is out of prison and back in Union City. He had tried to take over the town during Prohibition, but a police officer had stopped his men before they killed him. Now that police officer’s son, Jack Hunter, is the Assistant D.A., and he wants to put a stop to the crime lord for good. The police have proven ineffective against the mob boss, and the D.A.’s office needs proof to put Diamond back behind bars.
Jack and his cousin, Buzz Hunter have always been good at making things and working with equipment, and Buzz has invented a battery operated mask with goggles that gives the wearer heightened abilities, such as seeing in the dark, able to anticipate movements, and the ability to move faster than normal, and react with lightning reflexes. Jack tries them on one night and is impressed. Now maybe he can do something the police can’t do, like get evidence.
Wearing the headset with goggles and a leather jacket, Jack Hunter becomes the Midnight Guardian. He rides a Henderson motorcycle he has engineered for high speed.
Oliver Pruett is working with the police to identify the explosives used by Nicky Diamond, while really working for the Mob Boss as Sparks. However, the supposed duel role does not escape the reader.
So far there has only been one novel published.

“Hour of Darkness” (Flinch Books) 2016

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