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Midnight Climax de Peter Kageyama

de Peter Kageyama - Género: English
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Kats Takemoto, the nisei private detective from Hunters Point, returns to investigate the murder of a young Chinese girl, killed in a covert CIA brothel in the heart of San Francisco. Her family, members of a Tong, a powerful Chinatown gang, demand vengeance that threatens to start an all-out war in Chinatown unless Kats can discover the truth behind the slaying. Along the way he will discover a personal connection to the suspected killer, a fellow veteran who was tortured and experimented on, turning him into a lethal weapon and a ticking bomb. Kats and his friends race to find this soldier before the government and the rival Tong gangs spiral into more bloodshed...M.F


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Midnight Climax is a clandestine CIA operation turned murderer manhunt thriller by Peter Kageyama.

I normally don't read a great deal of CIA/government cover-up style thrillers. However, I have enjoyed books The Hunt for Red October or The Andromeda Strain, so I can lean towards a thriller that. I do love reading detective mysteries, especially Agatha Christie's books. When I was offered an ARC to review (please note that I did receive a book from the publisher for a fair and honest review), what initially drew me to this book was the interesting mix of the San Francisco setting, murderer manhunt, detective thriller genre and covert CIA operation. It sounded a lot to do all in one book, but I was super intrigued!

Kats Takemoto, a Japanese-American private detective, finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery that quickly unfolds into government cover-ups and gang warfare. Lin Tai Lo, the second-in-command of a Tong gang and Kats' college friend, asks Kats is help solve the murder of his cousin, a young woman working as a prostitute. The Tong are out for blood and vengeance and they need Kats to help them find the murderer. While investigating, Kats finds a connection between the girl's murder and a super secret CIA operation, MKUltra. With the US government testing various chemical concoctions on people to find a super-soldier serum, things will get mighty tricky for Kats and his crew as they work to keep peace in the powder-keg of 1959 San Francisco.

Characters mean everything to me. I love a well-developed character, even in a thriller. I don't care who is chasing whom and why unless I care about the person. I really came to know and care about these characters. Kats is an intriguing person. His personal history is deep and there's a world of hurt in there from his time in WWII in the 442nd. War is unkind and leaves our soldiers with so much hurt that many can't come back from it. Hearing about Kats' background gives a reader a stronger understanding of who he is and who he wants to be. Molly and Shig, Kats' girlfriend and best friend respectively, are also great additions. They help to highlight Kats and society in San Francisco in the late 50s/early 60s. This fun trio works well together, supporting and relying on each other. The host of other characters illustrate a great deal of other aspects of society and history: Tong gangs and gang violence in Chinatown, CIA operations on our own soil, SFPD and laws, etc. I was happily surprised by the new information I was learning. Kageyama builds real, layered characters while weaving real history into his thrilling plot points. Without these characters, the story would do very little for a reader. With them, Kageyama creates a thriller with a message and a heart - not an easy task.

I was really impressed with the level of research Kageyama must have done for this novel. He has to weave so many different story ideas together while also providing necessary historical information. All of that could come off super boring or have sections of data dumps, but not so with Midnight Climax. There's a lot going on but it's all done as a part of the action or as a part of the characterization. Everything is beautifully blended together. Initially, I thought it was going to be a murder mystery - and it is for Kats - but Kageyama's style of narration allows the reader to know all the information up front. Writing with an omniscient point of view can be tricky - it takes a lot of the surprise away for the reader. However, Kageyama's novel doesn't suffer because he uses it. In fact, it tends to heighten the suspenseful and thrilling action. His action scenes are also well-developed and I could see every part of the fight scenes it was a movie. Every detail was described so I could feel what was going on, but the pacing never slowed to a halt. The action is really consistent and the short sections that pop back and forth between different groups of characters helps to set that quick pace.

Great characters, interesting history, thrilling pace - this book really has a lot to offer!

Midnight Climax is a perfectly paced detective thriller with history and heart that will engage fans of Tom Clancy and Lee Child.action-adventure crime historical-fiction ...more59 s2 comments Barbara1,526 5,152



This review was first posted on Mystery & Suspense Magazine. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/mi...


Midnight Climax is a compelling thriller inspired by a real CIA experiment carried out from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. During the CIA operation, men were lured into brothels by prostitutes, then dosed with psychedelic drugs to study their effects.

The story opens in late 1950s San Francisco, where a Chinese prostitute called Mai is entertaining a client while government agents are filming the encounter through a one-way mirror.



As instructed, Mai gives the trick an LSD-laced drink, after which the man goes crazy.



Mai is killed, the perpetrator escapes, and the repercussions radiate through the CIA, the San Francisco Police Department, and two rival Chinese gangs - the Hop Sing Tong and the Hei Long Tong.

Mai's homicidal client is Steven Epps, a decorated soldier who was captured during the Korean War and held in a POW camp. In the camp, Epps was subjected to chemical treatments and brainwashing meant to turn him into a weapon against his own side. The regimen made Epps freakishly strong, fast, and immune to pain.



When Epps was released from the POW camp, the CIA put him in a medical facility where they secretly continued the torturous experiments. The government's goal was to learn how to create super soldiers. Epps escaped from the hospital, and is now so damaged that psychedelic drugs or stress trigger murderous psychotic episodes, after which Epps can't remember what he did.



The dead prostitute Mai was the cousin of Lin Tai Lo (aka John), the leader of the Hop Sing Tong.



John wants revenge against Mai's killer, so he hires his acquaintance, Japanese-American private investigator Katsuhiro Takemoto (Kats), to track down Steven Epps.



Kats is a decorated World War II veteran who was injured in France and then suffered shell shock. The skilled PI is now a martial arts expert who rides around San Francisco on a motorcycle......



......and has useful contacts in Japantown, Chinatown, and the San Francisco Police Department.



With Kats' military background, he feels a kinship with Epps, and would rather see the fugitive cured than killed. So the PI, with assistance from his girlfriend Molly Hayes......



.....and his pal, bookseller Shig Murao, sets out to find Epps. Kats hopes he can placate Tong leader John and get Epps the help he needs.



Meanwhile, the government is desperately trying to recapture Epps and engineer a cover up. For their LSD experiments, CIA agents have been getting prostitutes from the Hei Long Tong in exchange for guns and ammunition.



Dragon Eye Wen, head of the Hei Long Tong, plans to use the weapons against the Hop Sing Tong, who are his rivals for control of Chinatown.



With Kats, the CIA, the police, and the Hop Sing Tong all looking for Epps, and violence breaking out between the Tongs, the story is chock full of skullduggery, druggings, abductions, fight scenes, and deaths. The gang warfare would appeal to fans of the TV series 'Sons of Anarchy' and the finely choreographed brawls are reminiscent of the 'Orphan X' novels by Gregg Hurwitz.

Kageyama has done his research and nicely captures the atmosphere of the time and place, with beatniks doing their thing;



Chinese shopkeepers dispensing herbal cures and practicing acupuncture;



Japanese neighbors helping each other;



SRO buildings; nightclubs; and brothels;



ethnic food and clothing;





and the ambiance and geography of San Francisco.



This is the second book in the Kats Takemoto series and I look forward to more. Highly recommended.

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MIDNIGHT CLIMAX (A Kats Takemoto Novel Book #2) by Peter Kageyama is a thrilling immersive historical suspense/mystery trip back to 1959 San Francisco. This is the second book featuring the nisei P.I. Kats Takemoto and it can be read as a standalone novel, but the first book in the series was so great that I feel you should read them both.

A young Chinese girl is killed in a brothel and her family members in one of the Chinese Tongs in Chinatown want revenge. The head of this group is friend of Kats from college and hires him to find the man responsible. As Kats begins to ask questions, he discovers the brothel was a cover for a CIA drug testing operation and the accused man is a veteran asset the government wants back.

Kats and his friends race to find the accused veteran before a government black ops group can find him and Chinatown explodes into a war between rival Tongs.

I could not stop turning the pages in this exciting historical suspense/mystery. Mr. Kageyama’s writing pulls you back in time effortlessly and you feel you are in the middle of the action. The CIA operation plotline is based on a true story and since I love history, I can point out the sad fact that it is far from the only time the military and/or CIA experimented on the unsuspecting. I love Kats and, in this book, we learn even more about his personal history while in WWII. The empathy between Kats and the veteran they are trying to find and save is palpable. I also enjoyed reconnecting with Molly and Shig. This story has so many interesting little side tidbits also, with historical San Francisco’s intolerance for gays and drag, having to find a payphone or landline to communicate, the literary bans and the city’s avant-garde beatniks.

I highly recommend this exciting, action-packed P.I. historical suspense/mystery addition to the series and I am anxiously waiting for more cases with Kats.
gifted-from-publisher25 s4 comments Jennifer Tooker396 10


Full disclosure, I was provided a copy of this book by Stephanie Barko, literary publicist however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own

Man on the Run

When a local Chinese girl ends up murdered under mysterious circumstances in a seedy part of San Francisco her high-ranking Hop Sing Tong gang member cousin wants revenge on her killer. Calling in his old friend Katsuhiro Takemoto, he begins to investigate, but what he finds is disturbing and has extreme implications. After meeting with a long-time doctor friend, he learns more about his target. Stephen Epps is a soldier who was captured during the war and subject to torture and experimentation. He is volatile, highly unpredictable, and extremely dangerous. Kats also learns that a clandestine CIA operation has been set up in the tenderloin district of the city which lures unsuspecting victims into involuntary experiments. It was apparently one of those secretive human lab rat situations that Epps found himself in with disastrous consequences. The project dubbed MKUltra is so secretive that even the police record of the murder has been scrubbed. Kats, Molly, and Shig begin to follow the trail but with a rival gang involved and a shaky peace accord in place, one false move could spell doom not only for Chinatown but all of San Francisco. With not only Kats, but also the Hop Sing Tong and the CIA looking for Epps Kats needs to be the one to find him first. But finding him is only part of the problem, then he needs to get him out of San Francisco before he is killed or captured.

Midnight Climax is the newest in the Kats Takemoto series of novels by author Peter Kageyama. In this second installment we are again taken back to San Francisco in the 1950’s. With the action taking place approximately a year after Hunters Point one would think that San Francisco had seen its share of government cover up and scandals, but this is not to be. The project, dubbed MKUltra was an active if not secretive government operation based in areas of New York and San Francisco to counter and compete with various mind control tactics and experiments used during that era by the Chinese and Germans. Epps character is a perfect storm of what can happen when an already damaged person is pushed possibly beyond their limits. Throughout the story I was both afraid for Epps but also hoping that he could get the help he needed to find closure for the trauma he endured. Once again Kageyama has crafted a story that will grab the reader from the beginning and keep them hooked. Even with this being the second in a series, for those who are unfamiliar with the characters or the events of Hunters Point this title also works well enough as a standalone as the events in this book do not overlap with the prior except with for a passing mention of the events of the prior year. As and avid reader I find myself drawn to books that are not only entertaining but also provide an educational aspect for those who are curious enough to research locales, persons, or event. As with Hunters Point before it Midnight Climax delivers in both of these categories.

If you are already familiar with Kageyama’s work, Midnight Climax will not disappoint and if you are a new reader, you are in for a treat. I am looking forward to what Peter Kageyama has in store in future installments in this series as he brings to life more of San Francisco and the rich history of this city.


7 s Philip Zozzaro20

The plan had been set in motion and the night’s events were about to be captured for research purposes. A lady of the night had lured a potential client back to a nondescript apartment in the tenderloin district of San Francisco. The young lady dropped something in her date’s glass before the evening progressed further. The evening devolved into bedlam shortly after the gentleman imbibed his drink. A psychotic mindset overtook him and he assaulted the young woman while an armed man helplessly watched from the other side. Before the night was over, two people were dead. Kats Takemoto is a private investigator who loves his home in the Bay Area but knows the darkness that often clouds its horizon. A friend reaches out to Kats and asks him to look into the double murder and see what information he can shake loose. Kats possesses an affable personality that puts him in high regard with both upper and underworld types. However, the circumstances he is looking into are un anything he has seen before and they connect to a secret program being run by the CIA dubbed “MK Ultra”. Kats will need to rely on more than his wits to untangle the nightmare he has become entangled in as multiple parties are interested in what he finds out.

Midnight Climax is the thrilling second book in the Kats Takemoto series by author Peter Kageyama (Hunter’s Point, 2023). Kageyama’s sophomore effort is equally riveting as his prior work. The plot begins with a botched intelligence operation and the vigorous narrative refuses to abate as Kats is drawn into the dark netherworld of the covert operators. Kats Takemoto is a fighter and he illustrates that with each case he handles. However, he is not a lone wolf as his girlfriend Molly and best friend Shig have his back under any circumstance. Kageyama infuses his stories with more than a bit of historical flavor and even more so with engaging characters. Midnight Climax proves Kageyama’s continued proficiency as a mystery writer with a bright future ahead.
5 s Smbergin203 5

Kats Takemoto is back in San Francisco, where a dark mystery is brewing in "Midnight Climax", the sequel to Peter Kageyama's captivating "Hunters Point."

The story revolves around a factual and chilling CIA initiative that used unsuspecting citizens to develop methods for weaponizing psychedelic drugs for mind control.

As readers join Kats and his delightful companions, they'll uncover San Francisco's history, landmarks and secrets, just as they did in "Hunter's Point." "Midnight Climax" also introduces intriguing new characters with historically relevant and insightful backstories.

The story is action-packed with a healthy dose of love, intrigue, learning, and compassion, all in Kageyama's now-signature style. Historical fiction fans who enjoy fast-action intrigue and cold wr thriller noir aficionados will enjoy.

Many thanks to Stephanie Barko and St. Petersburg Press for an ARC of Midnight Climax in exchange for an honest review.
literary-larks-3 s Alex Duncan160 543

Really interesting and absolutely crazy that this is based on a true story.2 s Clare O'BearaAuthor 22 books364

Be prepared for adult activity right at the start. A state agency is setting up men with ladies of the night, to test LSD on them, but matters go wrong. This seems quite improbable but apparently it did occur and the operation had the name that's the title of the book. As there's a lot of focus on shady state actions, I didn't enjoy this crime story as much as the first of the series, but the characters and setting - San Francisco in the 1950s - still warrants a read.

The Japanese-American private eye returns, looking into a death, with several of his friends proving a great help in furthering investigations. We get a look inside Japanese culture areas and catering, with violence from rival gangs seemingly unchecked by authorities who, after all, are busy testing LSD and arresting poets. Plenty of signature action and danger.

I read an e-ARC from Fresh Fiction and publicist Stephanie Barko. This is an unbiased review. america-crime-historical1 Amys Bookshelf Reviews639 56

Peter Kageyama writes a suspenseful and action-packed tale with Midnight Climax

In Midnight Climax, the reader is introduced to Kats Takemoto, a private investigator in San Francisco, in the late 1950s. Midnight Climax is part of the Kats Takemoto adventure series, and this is volume two. I have read the first book and was very excited to read this one as well. Kats is an unforgettable character, with always interesting cases, and his life always shows the sign of the times. It's San Francisco 1959, and Kats has a new case just fall into his lap. The death of a Chinese prostitute, a ton of drugs (LSD among others), more murder and mayhem than meets the eye. There are so many unknowns that Kats needs to find the answers to, as the victim was someone his girlfriend, Molly, was acquainted with. From chapter one, the uniqueness of the era, and the unveiling of something that seems an experiment gone wrong, has the reader continually turning the pages until the very end. This reader went back to chapter one, a few times, to keep a freshness of the crime and tone of the story. Kats has contacts all around, including his girlfriend, Molly. While reading, keep in mind the era and how laws may differ today, as we are reminded of that when Kats remembers his first meeting of officer Blackstone, whom he met during a homosexual raid. A raid where people saw it as entertainment of watching men being embarrassed and arrested because it was illegal to be a homosexual and dress in women's clothing. Kats noted how Blackstone was compassionate for everyone he had arrested, and they became fast friends. The story is complex, with lots of twists and turns so that the reader sees all sides of a suspenseful and unpredictable story. Kats is as perplexed as the reader, which makes for superb storytelling. This is another remarkably written story about Kats by Kageyama, and I hope there will be more. It's an intricate and captivating book that keeps you from putting it down. Midnight Climax is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I read this book to give my unbiased and honest review. Amy's Bookshelf Reviews recommends that anyone who reads this book to write a review.1 Bookreporter.com Historical Fiction596 33

The plan had been set in motion, and the night’s events were about to be captured for research purposes.

A lady of the night had lured a potential client back to a nondescript apartment in the tenderloin district of San Francisco. She dropped something in her date’s glass before the evening progressed further. Their encounter devolved into bedlam shortly after the gentleman imbibed his drink. A psychotic mindset overtook him, and he assaulted the young woman while an armed man helplessly watched from the other side. Before the night was over, two people were dead.

Kats Takemoto is a private investigator who loves his home in the Bay Area but knows the darkness that often clouds its horizon. A friend reaches out to Kats, asking him to look into the double murder to see what information he can shake loose. Kats possesses an affable personality that puts him in high regard with both upper- and underworld types. However, the circumstances he is investigating are un anything he has seen before, and they connect to a secret program being run by the CIA dubbed “MK Ultra.” Kats will need to rely on more than his wits to untangle the nightmare in which he has become embroiled as multiple parties are interested in what he finds out.

MIDNIGHT CLIMAX is the thrilling second book in Peter Kageyama’s Kats Takemoto series and is just as riveting as the opening installment, HUNTERS POINT. The plot begins with a botched intelligence operation, and the vigorous narrative refuses to abate as Kats is drawn into the dark netherworld of the covert operators. Kats is a fighter, and he illustrates that with each case he handles. However, he is not a lone wolf as his girlfriend, Molly, and best friend, Shig, always have his back. Kageyama infuses his stories with more than a bit of historical flavor and even more so with engaging characters.

This latest book proves Kageyama’s continued proficiency as a mystery writer with a bright future ahead.

Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro2 s Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller2,156 43.7k

The plan had been set in motion, and the night’s events were about to be captured for research purposes.

A lady of the night had lured a potential client back to a nondescript apartment in the tenderloin district of San Francisco. She dropped something in her date’s glass before the evening progressed further. Their encounter devolved into bedlam shortly after the gentleman imbibed his drink. A psychotic mindset overtook him, and he assaulted the young woman while an armed man helplessly watched from the other side. Before the night was over, two people were dead.

Kats Takemoto is a private investigator who loves his home in the Bay Area but knows the darkness that often clouds its horizon. A friend reaches out to Kats, asking him to look into the double murder to see what information he can shake loose. Kats possesses an affable personality that puts him in high regard with both upper- and underworld types. However, the circumstances he is investigating are un anything he has seen before, and they connect to a secret program being run by the CIA dubbed “MK Ultra.” Kats will need to rely on more than his wits to untangle the nightmare in which he has become embroiled as multiple parties are interested in what he finds out.

MIDNIGHT CLIMAX is the thrilling second book in Peter Kageyama’s Kats Takemoto series and is just as riveting as the opening installment, HUNTERS POINT. The plot begins with a botched intelligence operation, and the vigorous narrative refuses to abate as Kats is drawn into the dark netherworld of the covert operators. Kats is a fighter, and he illustrates that with each case he handles. However, he is not a lone wolf as his girlfriend, Molly, and best friend, Shig, always have his back. Kageyama infuses his stories with more than a bit of historical flavor and even more so with engaging characters.

This latest book proves Kageyama’s continued proficiency as a mystery writer with a bright future ahead.

Reviewed by Philip Zozzaro2 s Uwe99

I will begin with - this is a fantastic book. It combines historical events with a fantastic storyline, all immersed in the Chinese and Japanese cultures of 1950's San Francisco.
The main character, a Japanese-American US war veteran, stumbles upon a CIA drug dosing program conducted on unsuspecting US citizens. In San Fransisco, the actual historical operation code name was Midnight Climax.
I highly recommend this book, not only for the riveting, tense, and page turning action, but also for the characters that I became attached to and invested in.
Mr. Kageyama is a new author that is now on my 'must read' list. Joanna C98 1 follower

A thrilling book! I was not expecting it to start off with adult activity in the beginning so that really caught me off guard. After that it throws you in for a wild ride. I think it’s a great book for those that a book that accurately describes historical events at the time the story is taking place. I definitely recommend this to those that a good thriller, with secret agents, and secret operatives.

Thank you to the publisher for free copy. This is my honest review. Deb Mazzaferro3

Excellent storytelling for this second in a series. Kageyama continues to develop his characters, Kats and Molly, brings some of the secondary players along for the ride and introduces intriguing new actors central to this tale. Fast paced, colorful and accurate portrayal of San Francisco. Hard to put down. Definitely Read "Hunter's Point" first! Ali12 1 follower

Peter has delivered another great book! I really enjoyed how this story maintains the same main characters but takes them on a completely different adventure set in another era in San Francisco. Already looking forward to the next one! Cindy Rodman1 reviewRead

Awesome book! I couldn’t put it down. What an interesting story, setting and ride. I can’t wait for the next in the series! JoEllen3

It was fun diving back into this world. Allie2 5

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