I enjoyed this one every bit as much as the first (Dead Harvest
). I think Chris Holm has created a great character in Sam Thornton, and gives more of the same world-weary, intelligent sleuthing from hell's most troublesome soul collector.
There's a swathe of new characters that stretch from happy-go-lucky Chicago gangster (recently collected) to nightmare-creature-from-your-wildest-nightmares. There's detailed description of how the denizens of hell spend their spare time and the merest sniff of a way out for those consigned to an eternity of soul collection.
If you've read and enjoyed Dead Harvest
then don't hesitate - this is more of the same good stuff.
If you like the sound of strange, supernatural, noir'y (?) type fiction - then give this or Dead Harvest a bash.
On a secondary note: the cover image is incorrect (as of 8-Oct-2012) - I've uploaded a copy of the cover as taken from the Angry Robot website; it's their image, I make not claim that it is my own.
The only reason for doing it is that the covers are great and it's a shame to hide them away (or not show the correct one).