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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars edgy and dark, but very entertaining
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...
Published 23 months ago by Nick Brett

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Was excited when this came out but I was rather disappointed. I loved the first three books, but this one was more about the evil that people do rather than the supernatural. Another issue I found was that it was quite repetitive in places, each of Nightingale's theories was repeated word for word to several different characters, it was quite tedious. It resolved some of...
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars edgy and dark, but very entertaining, 23 April 2013
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Nick Brett (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and evil, 21 Oct. 2013
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Andrew (East Kilbride, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in 2 sittings!, 23 July 2013
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S. Ivory "Jamaica girl" (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightshade - The deadly Atropa, named after Atropos..., 8 May 2013
... 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...
A farmer, bachelor and loner one morning walks into a school and shoots a teacher and eight children, before he eats his rifle. A SWAT team arrives, late, and has only nine bodies to give to the parents. A open-and-shut case - until on the farm in a barn there's found evidence of Satanic practises. But here the case comes knocking on Jacks door. The brother of the shooter is adamant that his brother was set up. And Jack Nightingale takes the case because there's something that stinks to high heaven.
Then a nine-year-old girl is abducted, but dies in the process of liberation. When the paramedics look at her, she miracolously returns to life, and says she has messages from Jesus and the Otherworld. But when the bodies around the little girl start to accumulate, Jack is confronted with the hardest decision he's ever faced.

So our hero has to resolve two very complicated cases and - as always - his soul is in peril to go to HELL...because he sometimes has to rely on 'partners' who are themselves a bit 'under- or otherworldly' :)

A perfect read, a real 'tour de force', and a true MUST for all friends of supernatural thrillers in general and specifically of Jack Nightingale.

I am waiting anxiously for the next books - ONE follow-up is not enough, dear Mr Leather!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series of books, 24 Jun. 2013
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Mr. Michael C. Norman "norm" (Harrogate) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's Jack, 25 May 2014
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Colin Murtagh "Colin Murtagh" (Rotherham, UK) - See all my reviews
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Well he's back, and after the reboot of the last book, this one picks up where the last one left off. There's a lot going on, and what initially feels like a subplot actually ends up being quite important at the end. This could end up being the most important book in the series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down, 24 May 2014
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This was a good follow on from the first three and I liked that it followed a new story rather than focusing on the plot of the first three. The story had me gripped pretty much from the start and I read it in the space of a few days and have immediately bought book 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read / Great Price, 26 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: NIGHTSHADE (The 4th Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller) (Paperback)
Have read Stephen Leather books for a few years now and the Jack Nightingale series are my favourites. The series is tremendous. Combining a classic downtrodden private detective with the supernatural is a stroke of genius. As an out and out detective and crime novel fan, I don't normally go for horror/supernatural stories or plots but Jack Nightingale works for me. Nightshade is no let down in the series although I think it's the weakest of the four so far.
Great series, good book, excellent price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roller coaster or what?, 12 Nov. 2014
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Phew...Read the first 3 books & bought this without reading any reviews. To me, this is a lot darker than the first three. There are themes which are uncomfortable to read. However, once you've started reading, you'll be rooting for Jack to solve all the problems. As with the other books, there are unpredictable twists & turns - I love it. I like books to challenge my little brain!
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