You’re Going to Hell, Jack Nightingale


I’ve just finished reading Nightfall by Stephen Leather. It is billed as the first in a series of Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thrillers and I honestly can’t wait for the next one.

I must admit that the first time I picked up the paperback in the bookshop, I was intrigued, but not exactly knocked out by the blurb: Jack Nightingale — ex-police negotiator turned struggling private detective inherits a mansion from a father he has never heard of. Said father also leaves him a DVD telling Jack that his soul was sold at birth and a demon is coming to collect in three week’s time. Not exactly grounded.

But what a good read it is. The main character is engaging without digging too deep and he has a dry sense of humour. (He’s also a ManU fan, so a good guy, obviously) There is a beautiful, young assistant, but the anticipated legover moment fails to materialise and the two do no more than flirt throughout.

There are quite a few deaths by unusual means, but the narrative is neither gruesome or gratuitous, and the plot hangs together pretty well. If I had one niggle it was that you could see dénouement coming a mile off. And you could see that Stephen Leather has an eye on follow-up already.

But the thing that struck me most was that I felt I was reading a screenplay. This would make an okay film or a better tv drama series as you can almost imagine either from the video above or by exploring the website.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • Beverly 27th October 2011

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