I found this in my local Oxfam Books, and even though I'd never heard of Stephen Laws liked the blurb on the back enough to give it a whirl.
First some qualifications. Some of the characters are a bit clichéd: the mercenary on one last mission, the feisty female journalist etc. There's also little in the way of psychological insight into them (then again, I don't think Stephen Laws intended this book to be an examination of the human psyche). The writing is not the best I've ever read either. It certainly won't be winning any awards.
But if you can put these issues aside 'Daemonic' is great fun. A pure page-pumping adrenalin rush!
The book is basically a series of set pieces based around scenes from the horror movies of fictional movie producer Jack Draegerman, with a secondary story about a mercenary called Taylor trying to save his daughter. Naturally the two strands connect towards the end - but not before loads of heart-racing tension, some clever horror scenes, plenty of twists and turns (including one HUGE surprise) and more action than you can handle.
The book's two greatest strengths are the character of Draegerman himself (a sort of demonic version of Roger Corman) with quite a subtle backstory that hints rather than spells-out his life. And his house - 'The Rock'. The latter is the masterstroke of the book. About as an original and vividly drawn setting as you can imagine.
To sum up, a real treat especially if, like me, you're a big horror and thriller fan. Once you pick it up you'll certainly find it hard to put down.