“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him.
Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.
Jack doesn’t believe in Hell, but when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And that if he doesn’t find a way out, he’ll be damned in hell for eternity.
©2010 Stephen Leather (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.
I had no idea what to expect with this novel or this author. I wasn't amazing, or even unique, but it also wasn't predictable. Cop-turned-detective is such an old, played-out concept, and I usually have zero patience for it. The fact that I listened long enough to get into this one is something in itself.
And then the direction it takes is unusual and interesting. Not as dark and scary as I wanted it to be, but maybe it wasn't meant to be that kind of novel. I would recommend this book without reservation.
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Part detective novel, part paranormal thriller, Nightfall took the best from both genres and kept me interested from beginning to end. The book is paced well and pulled me into the plot immediately. The subject matter is dark but not overly gruesome. There were a few points when I felt Jack's dialog with secondary characters became a little too repetitive. While the story is unique, many of Jack's "creepy" experiences are things I've seen in horror movies many times over. Regardless, the book was a lot of fun and I'd recommend it. Definitely don't judge the book by the name. "Nightfall" had virtually nothing to do with the story at all. I can think of a dozen better titles.
The narration is excellent and easy to listen to. Within minutes you understand exactly what Jack is all about. Even the female voices are well done and never seem strange or out of place coming from this narrator.
Not a single bit of filler - something for everyone! Mystery, intrigue, psychological and paranormal thriller! Loved it!
Sometimes you take a chance and find a hidden gem, sometimes not so much. I really lucked out this time! I had no idea what to expect - bought the title based off the reviews and because (I think) it was in a sale over Christmas and it sounded like something I would enjoy. I did, very much. The story was gripping, enough that it over rode some of my minor annoyances with the writing, particularly the continual reference to Jack's smoking - not sure why there was such an emphasis on that because it really didn't add anything to the plot. There were other parts where I felt some editing would have helped but since I just finished this and about to start the second book in the series within the next 24 hours, obviously not a major hindrance.
Two things I have to have when listening to a book...Good Story and Really good Narrater. This book catches you right from the start and doesn't let go. I'll be looking to find something else that Paul Thornley narrated.
The way the story unfolded. It seemed you as the listener went through the thought process with Jack when he's trying to figure out WHAT IS GOING ON.
When he confronts the devil to get his soul back.
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