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NIGHTFALL (The 1st Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller) [Hardcover]

Stephen Leather
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21 Jan 2010

'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.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444700626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444700626
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 14.6 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website and you can follow him on Twitter at

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'Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!' -- James Herbert 'Dark and exhilarating, you'd better keep the lights on when you're reading it' -- Candis 'Suffused with mysterious pentagrams, not to mention a creeping sense of evil, I suspect that down-to-earth Nightingale is a man we'll hear more of' -- Daily Mail Praise for Stephen Leather's Dan Shepherd novels -- : 'This is an aggressively topical novel but a genuinely thrilling one, too.' -- Daily Telegraph 'As tough as British thrillers get ... gripping' -- Irish Independent 'In brisk newsman's style her explores compex contemporary issues while keeping the action fast and bloody.' -- Economist

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The first in an exhilarating new series by Stephen Leather - thrillers mixed with the occult . . .

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightfall 27 May 2013
By Smally
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After the Spider Shephard books I was looking forward to these ones, pleasantly surprised! A good cracking story that kept me reading on and on till it was finished. Got the next in the series as soon as I finished it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Feb 2013
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I keep saying it - I love the Jack Nightingale stories. I love the character, I love the plots and I love seeing the trouble he can get himself into.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different Leather in need of originality 2 Mar 2010
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Stephen Leather has forged a considerable reputation over the last two decades as someone that writes cleverly plotted thrillers. These most recently have featured ex-sas soldiers and undercover policemen. So it might be a surprise to his loyal fans to find this latest book is about a man that discovers his soul has been sold to the devil.

Jack Nightingale was a police negotiator, after an apparent suicide where Jack is implicated as a possible suspect he is forced to resign from the force and become a Private Investigator. Then he discovers he has inherited a large mansion, a fortune in books and that his soul was sold to the devil the day he was born. The devil will collect on his thirty third birthday, three weeks away. Jack is a man that has no belief in gods or devils, finding the whole premise implausible he sets out to discover the truth.

My thoughts on the book as a whole are mixed. There are great characters but I can't help feeling an opportunity has been missed. If you have watched any of the horror movies of the 1970's and 80's this book will often feel like a rerun. There is almost nothing here that is original to the genre. In fact for the first 300 pages it reminded me a great deal of James Herbert mixed with the Omen movies. There was not even any attempt to make a countdown or drama of the final three weeks. One minute it's three weeks and then with barely a waft of suspense and almost a book later we are suddenly down to a few days. It might be Stephen Leather is trying to branch out to a new younger audience and no longer needs forty something duffers with higher expectations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars when you do not know who you are anymore... 1 Mar 2013
By Frenchie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have enjoyed reading the first of Jack Nightingale but it may because I quite like all things ''New Age''. It is not normally the kind of books I would read but I got into it fairly quickly. But for me, the real story is not the supernatural side, that was a bit spooky at times, it is the story of Jack Nightingale. One day, Jack learns that the life he knew, the parents he knew, his past was a lie. He was adopted at birth and was never told until he finds himself the sole beneficiary of his biological father. A father he never knew about, a father who sold his unborn child's soul to a devil in order to gain riches and ladies. And that was Jack's tragedy.
If you do not believe in the supernatural, or even acknowledge it, then I can understand that this book is not a good read for some and can seem over the top.
But if you do believe there is something somewhere, and you have an open mind, and you put yourself in Jack's shoes, then it is an enjoyable read. Do not dwell too much on the supernatural but dwell on how Jack is angry about his biological father and also about the people he still call his parents, his real parents but who lied to him by omission. It is a confusing state of mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK COULD MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT ! 15 Aug 2014
By boleyn
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this is the first book I have read by Stephen leather and I cant wait for the 2nd in this series to arrive.
well written with a great main character, it grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let go until the last.
WARNING clear your diary, stock up on ready made meals, make sure you have nothing essential to do (it wouldn't get done anyway) and most importantly if your a smoker have a good supply as you will smoke more than normal due to the fact
jack nightingale lights up a lot (or maybe that was just me) if your trying to quit wait till your ready before you pick up this book.

I am a wiccan and I can tell you Stephen leather did his research and was spot on when it came to witches and good magik.

basically I couldn't put it down and certainly missed a few meals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book full of twist and turns 21 Jan 2014
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This is the 1st book about Jack Nightingale so it best to read this one first as it tells you more about all the things leading up to his 33rd birthday plus the people he meets in the other books and about how Gosling sold Jack soul to the devil
It starts of with Jack still in the police and how Sophie Underwood dies and her father,
Jack becomes a PI and get a call from a solicitor about his fathers death, as it turns out that he was adopted at birth
Jack goes to the place and finds out that he has been left Gosling Manor along with a basement library full of books on black magic and loads of stuff to do with devils and witchcraft
he goes there later on with his mate Robbie who picks up a crystal ball and drops it,
Jack keeps seeing sign and hearing people say You're going to hell Jack Nightingale,
People around him are been found dead or are killing themselves
the book will have you hooked from the start
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A thrilling set of books addictive and compelling a magnificent writer. He makes my imagination run wild just sorry there is only 5 in the set , more please .
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Love the Jack Nightingale series, pity I've nearly read them all now!
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