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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 (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 April 2013
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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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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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Having already read and enjoyed the other books in this series I was not disappointed with this 4th contribution. The weaving of police/crime and supernatural themes was interesting and the resulting plot kept me reading and intrigued to the end. I still like Jack as the central character and again I think it is his ordinariness that helps in this regard.

The story clearly evolves from the previous three books and to fully understand and appreciate the issues and events of this book the reader, in my opinion, needs to have already read the others. One could read it as a stand-alone but I feel that much of the enjoyment would be missing.
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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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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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Every bit as good as the previous 3 books. I started reading this earlier in the evening and became so engrossed I suddenly found myself on the last page. No idea how much time had slipped away but it seems it was many hours. Hate that these books have an ending, they are so gripping and a joy to read.
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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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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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