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“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him.
Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.
Jack doesn’t believe in Hell, but when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And that if he doesn’t find a way out, he’ll be damned in hell for eternity.
©2010 Stephen Leather (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Uber Femme on 08-12-10

Kept my attention

I had no idea what to expect with this novel or this author. I wasn't amazing, or even unique, but it also wasn't predictable. Cop-turned-detective is such an old, played-out concept, and I usually have zero patience for it. The fact that I listened long enough to get into this one is something in itself.

And then the direction it takes is unusual and interesting. Not as dark and scary as I wanted it to be, but maybe it wasn't meant to be that kind of novel. I would recommend this book without reservation.

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By Christie on 04-19-11

Consistantly Creepy - Excellent Narration

Part detective novel, part paranormal thriller, Nightfall took the best from both genres and kept me interested from beginning to end. The book is paced well and pulled me into the plot immediately. The subject matter is dark but not overly gruesome. There were a few points when I felt Jack's dialog with secondary characters became a little too repetitive. While the story is unique, many of Jack's "creepy" experiences are things I've seen in horror movies many times over. Regardless, the book was a lot of fun and I'd recommend it. Definitely don't judge the book by the name. "Nightfall" had virtually nothing to do with the story at all. I can think of a dozen better titles.

The narration is excellent and easy to listen to. Within minutes you understand exactly what Jack is all about. Even the female voices are well done and never seem strange or out of place coming from this narrator.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Hilary T. on 06-15-10

What a gripping tale.

I have never come across Stephen Leather's books before, but if this is indicative of the standard of his stories, I will be looking for more in the future. I was so gripped by the tension of Jack Nightingale being surrounded by death and mayhem as he tries to find out the truth about his birth and the fate that awaits him on his 33rd birthday that I stayed awake half the night listening, because I just had to know what happened next. It is a long book, but my attention never wavered, which is rare. I recommend this as a jolly good 'read' to anyone who enjoys thrillers. A beautiful reading job by Paul Thornley, whose voice was perfect for the character, was the icing on the cake.

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By Stephen on 09-20-10

A fantastic audiobook

I love all of Stephen Leather's books but this in my opinion is his best by far a really gripping listen, the Dan Shepperd books are fantastic but this is totaly different and Paul Thornley in my opinion is a fantastic narrator, try listening to this while walking the dog at night really does make you keep looking behind you.

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By Leonie on 04-10-17

Really enjoyed it

Normally sci fi is my scene but this was good. Kept me wanting to read more.

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By emmoff on 11-17-16

Cough, cough

It wasn't just the endless smoking that turned me off this book. I struggled to like the main character, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I also found the plot, supporting characters and writing mundane. Ouch.

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