The Night

Written by Matthew Murphy


When Clive Baxter returns home from World War II, he expects to settle into a quiet life far from the battlefields of Europe. Instead, he finds himself on the south side of Chicago in the neighborhood of Brownsville where everything is not as it seems.

A small neighborhood surrounding a meat processing plant, Brownsville is a wartime centerpiece for African-American migration north drawing in hundreds of people with the promise of work, housing, and a safe community.

As Clive soon learns, Brownsville is controlled by a mobster known only as the Landlord. But when Clive crosses the Landlord, he is framed for a murder, and forced to go underground to clear his name. Taking on the persona of the Night, hiding in the shadows, Clive disguises himself in a bid to take the Landlord down, he soon discovers he is not alone in this quest.

Will Clive be successful in his attempt to expose the Landlord and save what is left of his family and the people of Brownsville?




Gripping and Fast-Paced!   5 stars


This is a fast-paced and absorbing novel; completely different from my usual choices and one I’m so very glad to have read!

Clive Baxter has no home to go to following his service in WWII; he has delayed returning as long as he can. With his father deceased and his mother in hospital, he is reluctant to head back to the States, but the day comes when he can no longer avoid it and he finds himself heading to the home of his aunt and uncle in Brownsville, Chicago. This small town is not what it seems at all; the nearest comparison I can think of is Stepford – and we all know there was plenty going on behind the scenes there!

This is a tale of duplicity and oppression – completely different from my usual choices and a gripping read. From the very first page the writing is smooth and fast-paced, drawing you in to the story. I found it quite riveting and could hardly put it down, reading it all day. Never has time at the hairdresser passed so quickly! This is my first book by Matthew Murphy and, whilst I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, I’m so glad I didn’t pass up the chance to read and review this. It’s a damn good read, with plenty of food for thought and, as a Scot, allowed me a window into a completely different kind of life to the one I’m used to. I found the plot imaginative and clever, whilst still being totally believable. The characters were extremely well-drawn, very realistic. The overall effect is quite remarkable and fascinating, and this is a novel I’m very happy to recommend. This would transfer so well to the small screen (or a big one) and would make for addictive viewing.

My grateful thanks to the author for my copy. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: thriller, post WWII


Meet the Author


B137VM6mMVS._SY200_Matthew Murphy has been learning, living and writing for several years. His experiences living across America have contributed to interesting worlds he has created in his work. The author of five novels, A Western Fable, Manifest Destiny, The Woods, No Man’s Land, and the recently released The Night. You can learn more at Matthew lives outside Chicago, IL with his wife, two children and two dogs.






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