Nightfall by Stephen Leather

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    A no nonsense detective against the chilling paranormal aspect of losing his soul and that of his friends will leave you on the edge of your seat. Leather writes with a compelling flair that will draw the reader into his suspenseful and chilling web until the last page.

    “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.

    Review by David Pitt, Booklist:

    Stephen Leather
    Stephen Leather

    Jack Nightingale, a British cop turned private investigator, is dumbfounded when he learns, all at once, that he was adopted when he was a newborn; that his real father has recently died, leaving Jack his deserted mansion; and, oh yes, that his real father sold Jack’s soul to a devil (not the devil, just a devil) when Jack was a baby, and soon someone or something will come to collect.

    Leather approaches this fantastic story as though it were a traditional private-eye thriller. At first, Jack is skeptical—well, who wouldn’t be?—but as he checks out the mansion and looks into the history of the man who claimed to have been his real father, he begins to believe (of course, the inexplicable deaths of people close to him are also pretty good signs that something is afoot).

    This is a very good genre-bending novel. Leather’s choice to write it as if it were a straight thriller seems entirely appropriate, grounding the story in reality and making the fantasy-horror elements that much more frightening. Quite popular in Britain, Leather is relatively unknown on these shores. That deserves to change, and if this novel finds its audience—Graham Masterton fans should love it—his profile stands to be boosted dramatically.

     

    Review by Wendy L. Hines:

    Jack Nightingale used to be a negotiator. He was very good at his job, convincing jumpers not to jump and kidnappers to let go of hostages. But one day, he couldn’t convince a nine-year-old girl not to jump and the reason why she jumped caused Jack to flip out. It cost him his badge, but he has no regrets.

    Now, he runs his own private investigative firm. The hours are crappy, he can barely keep the bills paid, but he is his own boss. When he meets a lawyer, he thinks for a new job, he is stunned to learn that it’s about an inheritance from his father. Jack’s parents passed away in a car crash when he was a teen, so he is really confused. But, the lawyer explains to Jack it’s from his real father and that he had been adopted.

    Jack visits his inheritance, a behemoth of a mansion, finds a note there addressed to him and also finds a dvd in a safety deposit box. There, he learns that his father had sold Jack’s soul to the devil when he was born. Not only that, he did it again with Jack’s sister, whom Jack had no idea he had.

    Jack considers it all hocus pocus. Who would believe that the devil is coming to collect Jack’s soul when he turns thirty-three, just a mere two weeks away? Not Jack, that’s for sure, until friends of his begin winding up dead.

    A thrilling book from beginning to end, Nightfall is the first in a trilogy. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one, Midnight. A no nonsense detective against the chilling paranormal aspect of losing his soul and that of his friends will leave you on the edge of your seat. Leather writes with a compelling flair that will draw the reader into his suspenseful and chilling web until the last page. Thriller fans will enjoy this one!

    By Amazon Customer:

    This book is more Dennis Wheatley than Stephen King so don’t expect gory goings on or aliens in the plot.

    Jack Nightingale is a rather likeable skeptic and although I thought parts of the book dwelt a little too much on death, making it a bit morbid in parts, I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to listen to the sequel.

    Review by Judith Rapisarda:

    If you enjoy this genre, you will absolutely love this story. I can’t believe I have not read any of Leather’ s books before this.

    The story line is well done, suspenseful and keeps you guessing from page to page

    Twist upon twist will keep you on the edge of your seat.

    A British cop who is a negotiator who deals with possible suicide attempts begins to experience the mysterious deaths of people with whom he comes into contact, some of whom he has never met. They all tell him that he is going to die and go to hell.

    He finds that nothing about his life is what he thought it was and is drawn into a maelstrom of fear and uncertainty about his very continued existence……nuf said.

    I can only hope that the next in the series is as well written and exciting as this one.