Saturday, November 6, 2010

Urban Fantasy - noir

Nightfall
Jack Nightingale Book One
by Stephen Leather

'You're going to hell, Jack Nightingale': They are words that ended his career as a police negotiator. 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 with a priceless library; it comes from a man who claims to be his father, and it comes with a warning. That Nightingale's soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his thirty-third birthday -- just three weeks away. Jack doesn't believe in Hell, probably doesn't believe in Heaven either. 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




I loved this book Loved it.

At the height of my untreated sleep apnoea I was given a proof of this to read by my (then) Orbit rep Amy and i practically read it in a night - was a big deal for me at the time because I was barely able to stay awake for more than five minutes if I attempted to read.

Mix some Harry Dresden with John Taylor, add a dash of Felix Castor and you come close to the type of character that is Jack Nightingale - and the secretive world of magick he inherits from a father he didn’t know he had. This is a tightly woven novel with a high-speed plot that kept me up very late; Leather offers urban fantasy packed with devil worshippers and the darker side of the Occult, grounded in solid police procedure and told with a fine flair for dramatic tension.

My current Orbit rep Robert was foolish enough to tell me that book 2 - Midnight -  will be out soon and that he will have an ARC for me. I've already called him about that once since he said it... i wonder how much of a nuisance I will make of myself *looks innocent*.


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