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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444742647
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444742640
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,150 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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'Written with panache, and a fine ear for dialogue, Leather manages the collision between the real and the occult with exceptional skill, adding a superb time-shift twist at the end.' (Daily Mail on NIGHTMARE)

'Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!' (James Herbert on NIGHTFALL)

'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 on NIGHTFALL)

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The fourth in the Jack Nightingale supernatural thriller series by bestselling author Stephen Leather.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
The fourth book in the Jack Nightingale series. I have to say I thought the series might be wrapped up with the way the first three finished, but was delighted to see a new book and intrigued to see how Stephen Leather was going to take things forward.

It does help if you have read the books in order (and why wouldn't you - they are good!) but this can be read in isolation. Having said that, I think you will get more from it if you know where the character has been and how he got to where he is.

Anyway there are two main storylines in this story, neither of them overly comfortable. A farmer kills a number of school kids (and himself) and an abducted and abused child is rescued just in time. Possibly. Ex-cop Nightingale investigates the background to the incident with the farmer and finds that it does not all add up and can't figure out why. Eventually he also gets involved in the other storyline and finds himself having to do something utterly unthinkable...

So, while we accept that Jack Nightingale understands the occult, he is no superstar, makes mistakes and lacks confidence in his personal life. He likes a fag and a beer or two and peace and quiet. He kind of knows that he could make a move on his assistant but can't quite bring himself to do it. He basically wants a quiet life with nobody bothering him but can't resist getting stuck into things when they present themselves. It's this conflict between a normal guy in (para)normal circumstances that makes these books so interesting. And it stays on the right side of horror/dark fantasy without going over the top as I often felt that the late James Herbert failed to do.

So, good characterisation, edgy plot and quite a few twists and turns. We expect a lot from Stephen Leather and he has delivered once again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on 21 Oct. 2013
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I loved, loved, loved the Nightingale trilogy, and if you haven't read them I won't spoil anything, but they do have a pretty definite ending, so I wondered how Mr Leather was going to progress. The direction is different, but it does follow on really, really well from Nightmare. This is a dark, amazingly well-written novel which cleverly juxtaposes the evil that men do alongside supernatural evil, and leaves Jack Nightingale to clear up both. It's disturbing in places, but without that edge of darkness you wouldn't get the same feeling of pure evil being manifested.

Definitely a "must read" book, no matter how much of a cliche that is. If you haven't read the first three Nightingale books, the genius of the tale is worthy of any readers time. (They're basically one big book split into the 3 pieces with the conclusion at the end of the 3rd book)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Ivory on 23 July 2013
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I had just finished the first three and downloaded this whilst still reading those. I read the reviews on this and they are correct. It could be read as a stand alone book as a lot of characters are new. But, so saying, it really does make more sense when you know what went before. An occult dabbling sceptic PI with even more sceptical friends is a good premise, and when you throw in child abuse, corrupt policemen and gangsters, it is a rollicking read. Really wish there was a 5th that I could start straight away!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miki101.Michaela on 8 May 2013
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... the Greek Fate who cuts the thread of life. This nomenclature reflects its toxicity and lethality. A pure concentrate of Evil when used on human beings
And even if You never were some great believer in the supernatural, the life after death, paradise and hell, Good and Bad, You have to admit that EVIL exists.
From the very beginning and until the Hell might freeze - EVIL, clear and simple evil, had, has and will have forever the greatest influence on the fate of humanity.
In some beliefs of Mankind Evil tempted Eva to seduce Adam. The result? They both were kicked out of Paradise.
Evil made brother kill his own brother.
Evil caused the Deluge, the Great Flood.
And on and on it goes, the whole story of Humanity is filled with abuse, betrayal, violent deaths, wars, and is always getting worse...
So, d'accord, Evil HAS to exist, and if it's only to jump in, when "normal" human beings need to cover their own weaknesses and sins.
And in this thriller with super-natural touch, it is pure Evil our hero Jack Nightingale has to deal with. And dealing was his profession, before everything went down the river. A negotiator he was, trying to talk people out of their allegedly wrong actions. But at his very last day on the job, before he found himself a new one as Private Investigator, all actions that could go wrong went wrong...

All those facts and much more You can read in the The Jack Nightingale Collection 1-3: Nightfall, Midnight, Nightmare and I rather recommend to read the trilogy before this forth book, which at first wasn't even planned...

And so an hearty "Welcome" to the world of Jack Nightingale, where reality and occult collide and everyone has to keep his or her soul very closely to her- or himself...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael C. Norman on 24 Jun. 2013
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Just my kind of read - gripping story - easy to read - made me want to buy the next book straight away
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Hughes on 25 Nov. 2013
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I read this after reading the previous 3 books. The stories are good and different with the supernatural touch. The only thing that bothers me is the authors' constant mention of Jacks smoking: as a non smoker & being aware of the risks attached to smoking I feel that the author is almost encouraging the reader to smoke. I appreciate the description is to give the reader a fuller 'picture' of the character but feel it's mentioned too much.
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