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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; paperback / softcover edition (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444700642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444700640
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,829 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 www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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'Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!'

(James Herbert )

'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 )

'A wicked read' (Anthony Horowitz )

'Dark and exhilarating, you'd better keep the lights on when you're reading it'

--Candis

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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 By Smally on 27 May 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frenchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ItsAllyMcMental on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By boleyn on 15 Aug. 2014
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crinkly on 5 May 2013
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The first 3 paragraphs of this book made my heart sink. Very bad intro - basically a data dump. The intro/backstory section seemed better, but still clunky. About a quarter of the way through it found its pace and became quite gripping - so don't be put off by the bad start.

This is old school bargaining with the devil, and Magick. Think Josephine Tey 'The Devil Wears Velvet', Dennis Wheatley, Dionne Fortune and Aleister Crowley.

I really appreciated the way the lead character did not have a sudden conversion to all things supernatural, or develop superpowers. He had the confidence and arrogance that marks an experienced British policeman, he made mistakes, had doubts, drank and smoked too much, and generally seemed human. He had good, loyal friends with relationships that I found realistic.

Leather didn't answer all the questions, or tie up the loose ends, which has effectively left me wanting to read more... Without irritating me with a clumsy cliffhanger.

The plot was well crafted with a slowly building tension and, by the end, an air of menace.

So why only 4 stars?

It was the characterisation of the main character. We were shown what he did, said, and sometimes thought. None of it was 'told'. It was all 'shown'. This is good stuff (many of my reviews whinge about 'showing not telling', so Leather gets full marks on this! However, the emotions were fairly impenetrable. We see actions that result from terrible events, but apart from pouring too many drinks and chain smoking, we don't see him having emotional reactions to the brutal deaths of family, friends and colleagues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Salty Sam on 24 Sept. 2013
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This is about the occult. Jack's father promised his unborn son's soul to the devil, but Jack wanted to live and die of old age.
His father had a lot of old occult books and an American who new Jack's father got in touch with Jack and wanted to buy a very old book and was willing to pay over the odds. Jack started to read one of the books he had inherited and by talking to American realised he could make a deal with the devil and save himself.....
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. Potter TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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