Upon Some Midnights Clear

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Upon Some Midnights Clear
Author K.C. Constantine
Country  USA
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher David R. Godine
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 248
ISBN 0-87923-570-5
OCLC 11785388
Preceded by Always a Body To Trade
Followed by Joey's Case

Upon Some Midnights Clear is a crime novel by the American writer K.C. Constantine set in 1980s Rocksburg, a fictional, blue-collar, Rustbelt town in Western Pennsylvania (modeled on the author's hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, adjacent to Pittsburgh).

Mario Balzic is the protagonist, an atypical detective for the genre, a Serbo-Italian American cop, middle-aged, unpretentious, a family man who asks questions and uses more sense than force.

The novel opens during the yuletide season with Ed Sitko, the chief of the city's volunteer firefighters, telling Balzic about Mrs. Gabin, who was mugged of Christmas money. Before Balzic can investigate, Sitko has firefighters out collecting money for the victim. But the more Balzic looks into the incident, the less he likes it.

It is the seventh book in the 17-volume Rocksburg series.


  • Constantine, K.C. (2002). Saving Room for Dessert. New York: The Mysterious Press of Warner Books. ISBN 0-89296-763-3.