The Night Listener, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Gabriel Noone is a writer whose late night radio stories have brought him into the homes of millions.

Noone is in the midst of a painful separation from his lover of ten years when a publisher sends him proofs of a remarkable book: the memoir of a sickly thirteen-year-old boy who suffered horrific sexual abuse at the hands of his parents. Now living with his adoptive mother, Donna, Pete Lomax is not only a brave and gifted diarist but a devoted listener of Noone's show.

When Noone phones the boy to offer encouragement, it soon becomes clear that Pete sees in this heartsick, middle-aged storyteller the loving father he's always wanted.

Thus begins an extraordinary friendship that grows deeper only as the boy's health deteriorates, freeing Noone to unlock his innermost feelings. Then, out of the blue, troubling new questions arise, exploding Noone's comfortable assumptions and causing his ordered existence to spin wildly out of control.

As he walks a vertiginous line between truth and illusion, he is finally forced to confront all his relationships - familial, romantic and erotic. As complex and hypnotically engrossing as the best of mysteries, The Night Listener is an astonishing tour de force that moves and challenges Maupin's readers as never before.


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spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it there is some criticism out there of the book and especially the ending, but for me the ending was perfect and anything else would have spoiled the book for me completely.

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A thoroughly entertaining and engaging book: the characters are very believable and beautifully developed while the story is well told with a suitable amount of twists and unpredictability. I was a little annoyed by the unnecessary linking back to Maupin's most famous series (give it up already) but that's a minor critique of an otherwise great read.

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