Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nightfall by Stephen Leather

Jack Nightingale used to be a negotiator.  He was very good at his job, convincing jumpers not to jump and kidnappers to let go of hostages.  But one day, he couldn't convince a nine-year-old girl not to jump and the reason why she jumped caused Jack to flip out.  It cost him his badge, but he has no regrets.

Now, he runs his own private investigative firm.  The hours are crappy, he can barely keep the bills paid, but he is his own boss.  When he meets a lawyer, he thinks for a new job, he is stunned to learn that it's about an inheritance from his father.  Jack's parents passed away in a car crash when he was a teen, so he is really confused. But, the lawyer explains to Jack it's from his real father and that he had been adopted.

Jack visits his inheritance, a behomoth of a mansion, finds a note there addressed to him and also finds a dvd in a safety deposit box.  There, he learns that his father had sold Jack's soul to the devil when he was born.  Not only that, he did it again with Jack's sister, whom Jack had no idea he had.

Jack considers it all hocus pocus.  Who would believe that the devil is coming to collect Jack's soul when he turns thirty-three, just a mere two weeks away? Not Jack, that's for sure, until friends of his begin winding up dead. 

A thrilling book from beginning to end, Nightfall is the first in a trilogy.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next one, Midnight.  A no nonsense detective against the chilling paranormal aspect of losing his soul and that of his friends will leave you on the edge of your seat.  Leather writes with a compelling flair that will draw the reader into his suspenseful and chilling web until the last page.  Thriller fans will enjoy this one!



Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years for newspapers such as The Times, The Daily Mail and theSouth China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shoveled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992 and his bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for the television shows “London's Burning,” “The Knock,” and the BBC's “Murder in Mind” series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were also filmed for TV. His ebooks have spent more than six months on the UK Kindle Top 100 and for several months he had four titles in the UK Kindle Top 10. You can find out more from his website,

*I received a complimentary copy of Nightfall in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are expressly my own.

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