- Paperback: 438 pages
- Publisher: 47North (11 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612182291
- ISBN-13: 978-1612182292
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.6 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,341,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nightingale: Nightfall Book 1 Paperback – 11 Dec 2012
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'Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!'(James Herbert )
'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 )
'Dark and exhilarating, you'd better keep the lights on when you're reading it'(Candis )
'A sinister tale . . . unpredictable'(Herald Sun )
'A chilling thiller'(Brisbane News )
'Leather has really upped his game . . . NIGHTFALL is a good, old-fashioned page-turner'--Reviewingtheevidence.com --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
The first in an exhilarating new series by Stephen Leather - thrillers mixed with the occult . . . --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Product Description
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Jack Nightingale was a police negotiator, after an apparent suicide where Jack is implicated as a possible suspect he is forced to resign from the force and become a Private Investigator. Then he discovers he has inherited a large mansion, a fortune in books and that his soul was sold to the devil the day he was born. The devil will collect on his thirty third birthday, three weeks away. Jack is a man that has no belief in gods or devils, finding the whole premise implausible he sets out to discover the truth.
My thoughts on the book as a whole are mixed. There are great characters but I can't help feeling an opportunity has been missed. If you have watched any of the horror movies of the 1970's and 80's this book will often feel like a rerun. There is almost nothing here that is original to the genre. In fact for the first 300 pages it reminded me a great deal of James Herbert mixed with the Omen movies. There was not even any attempt to make a countdown or drama of the final three weeks. One minute it's three weeks and then with barely a waft of suspense and almost a book later we are suddenly down to a few days. It might be Stephen Leather is trying to branch out to a new younger audience and no longer needs forty something duffers with higher expectations.Read more ›
This is old school bargaining with the devil, and Magick. Think Josephine Tey 'The Devil Wears Velvet', Dennis Wheatley, Dionne Fortune and Aleister Crowley.
I really appreciated the way the lead character did not have a sudden conversion to all things supernatural, or develop superpowers. He had the confidence and arrogance that marks an experienced British policeman, he made mistakes, had doubts, drank and smoked too much, and generally seemed human. He had good, loyal friends with relationships that I found realistic.
Leather didn't answer all the questions, or tie up the loose ends, which has effectively left me wanting to read more... Without irritating me with a clumsy cliffhanger.
The plot was well crafted with a slowly building tension and, by the end, an air of menace.
So why only 4 stars?
It was the characterisation of the main character. We were shown what he did, said, and sometimes thought. None of it was 'told'. It was all 'shown'. This is good stuff (many of my reviews whinge about 'showing not telling', so Leather gets full marks on this! However, the emotions were fairly impenetrable. We see actions that result from terrible events, but apart from pouring too many drinks and chain smoking, we don't see him having emotional reactions to the brutal deaths of family, friends and colleagues.Read more ›
The book starts out with Jack Nightingale ending his career as a Metropolitan Police negotiator and starting a new life as a private investigator. Following cheating spouses for a living whilst not particularly thrilling is enough to pay his bills and fund a heavy smoking habit. It's not long before he receives news that changes everything and he finds himself back to negotiating... but this time it's with the forces of darkness.
Slightly out of my comfort zone I don't normally even consider 'Supernatural' books, but having read the authors 'Spider Shepherd' series I was curious and downloaded a free copy of Cursed: A Jack Nightingale Short Story for my kindle. That introduction was enough to make me buy both the first and second in the series.
A real change from the Spider Shepherd series this is a much darker novel and I really liked the characterisation, Jack is well written as is ex-colleague Robbie and his secretary Jenny. There's even a Border Collie in there for the dog lovers amongst us. The storyline flows well and whilst I didn't find it particularly scary I did find the satanic theme and interesting characters made it a really compelling read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took a chance on this and I ended up loving it. Ticked all the boxes for me.Published 1 month ago by Dale
I love the Jack NIghtingale books. I have read all of them. I recently read the latest short story children of the dark. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I didn't know what to expect from the book, he's an author I like but it was bit of a departure from what I had read before. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J M Greenwood
Didn't know what to expect from this genre but as good if not better than his 'Reacher and Spider' series.Published 6 months ago by P D.
This is the first of these books that I've read and will certainly get some more. This is not normally the type of book that I read but the characters were believable and kept me... Read morePublished 7 months ago by john stevens
Intriguing storyline into the supernatural & yet Leather makes it seem credible. Great read with plenty of suspense.Published 8 months ago by Mama-Mari
I nearly didn't bother with this book as I am not particularly interested in the supernatural. This story grabbed me from the start and continued to amaze and entertain me... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ramblingman