Top Ten The Midnight Rambler:
These are not in specific order.
1) Jack Carpenter:
He is the Main Character who is an ex-cop. He is still working on the case that he was taken off the police fore. That case was personal because Simon Skell and his group was killing girls who Jack knew and who he had helped straighten out the girls’ lives.
2) Simon Skell:
A killer that Jack Carpenter beat up and put him into jail for the murder of Carmella Lopez. He and Paul Coffen, Jonny Perez, and Neil Bash killed girls. During the book Simon Skell is in prison and almost ready to get out of jail. Once he was released they tried to kill a girl Melinda which led to Simon’s death.
3) Ken Linderman:
Ken Linderman is an FBI agent who helps Jack Carpenter. Ken believes that Simon Skell killed those girls and he also believes that Skell killed his daughter. Through out the book Linderman and Carpenter compare evidence to try to figure out the murders.
4) The kidnapping of Shannon Dockery:
The kidnapping of Shannon Dockery was a huge lead into the Simon Skell case. With this kidnapping Jack Carpenter found out how Skell, Perez, Coffen, and Bash were picking their victims, through pictures taken at a local fast food chain.
Melinda was another huge character in The Midnight Rambler. She was kidnapped by Simon Skell, because of this she helped to the end of Simon Skell being killed. Without her kidnapping, Simon Skell could have been alive at the end of the book.
6) Jonny Perez:
Jonny Perez worked with Simon Skell. He would kidnap the girls and dump their bodies. He is still alive and ready to kill at the end of the book. He escaped from Jack Carpenter when he was fighting Simon Skell in the last part of the book.
7) The Girl’s Funerals
The girl’s funeral was a big thing, it left the possibility of more murders because Jonny Perez was missing, but due to the tape recording of the song Midnight Rambler live version by The Rolling Stones.
8) The Murder of Carmella Lopez:
The murder of Carmella Lopez sent Simon Skell to jail, and also released him from jail, because they arrested another guy named Ernesto for the murder of him. Which got Simon released from jail, even though Ernesto did not kill Carmella.
9) Paul Coffen
Paul Coffen worked with Simon Skell on the killings. Paul owned the company which took orders from the fast food chain. With those pictures Paul chose the victims, and then Perez would kidnap them.
10) Neil Bash
Neil Bash is a radio dj, who helped Simon Skell with the murders. He would have the people closest to Jack Carpenter, come on the radio and Bash would interview them. He would twist around their words so it made Jack Carpenter sound worse.