NIGHTSHADE (The 4th Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller) Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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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)
The fourth in the Jack Nightingale supernatural thriller series by bestselling author Stephen Leather.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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)
Great series, good book, excellent price.
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good prompt service and copy just as stated, these supernatural stories are great, can read as stand alone but better read in sequencePublished 3 months ago by maria leake