Nightman by James Pendleton

“Call me the night man. That’s what I am mostly. Course, I work some in the daytime, too, cleaning houses for my special customers—nice folks who live in a pretty part of town. But mainly I work at night…I’ve got keys to more offices and homes in this town than I can count. People come to work in the morning and find their offices all shiny—windows cleaned, trash cans emptied…rugs vacuumed, and, oh yes, the occasional wrapper from a hurriedly opened condom scooped up neatly from underneath a desk. Like magic. I guess it makes people feel like no matter what they do, there’s always somebody to make things right by morning.”

Such is the life of janitor Braxton Bragg, black man in the capital of the modern Confederacy, and great grandson of a white Confederate general. Despite the apparent dullness of his job, what he faces behind locked doors ranges from the embarrassing to the life-threatening. Braxton’s dark, sometimes humorous commentary exposes the seamy underbelly of this Southern city, as well as the secret sins of the elite, and takes us through ten days and nights of mystery, danger, and surprise.

About the Authors

James Pendleton is an emeritus member of the creative writing faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. His plays have been produced across the US and in Europe. His last book was Missing Pieces. Jerome Johnson operates Johnson’s Janitorial Service and works in and around Richmond, Virginia, where he is also sexton of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Praise for Nightman

“Johnson and Pendleton are an amazing team.  They combine humor and suspense in this eye-opening and jaw dropping book,  You won’t want to put this book down.  The book follows Braxton, a janitor, through his nights (and sometimes days) working in the Metro Richmond area.  This book is witty, exciting, and sad.  Johnson and Pendleton describe clearly the social undoings of the Richmond area and the problems the city faces.  This “novel” is a must read for all!  A Janitor’s life has never been so interesting.  Bravo to the authors!  I hope that there is a follow-up book to come!  Thanks for the wonderful read.”

-Michael Gasper on