Something More Than Night

  • by Ian Tregillis
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.
Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

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A quantum theorists idea of heaven's mythology

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommended for anyone with the love of noir, strong female characters, and metaphysical humor. Hilarious, unexpected despite being trope filled, and attention grabbing. A joy to read.


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- Catherine

Great story; hard to follow

The stylish noir twist on Heaven and Earth is great. The humanization of angels and the deification of mortals is thought-provoking to say the least. Looking back over the story I can see the whole plot Land how it all came together. However, the prose used to describe many of the Heavenly realms and interactions between angels is SO lofty that it practically makes no sense. That could be the whole point, in a manner of speaking, in that mortals can't comprehend the afterlife.

The narrator is amazing and brings a great characterization to each player in the story. I would definitely listen to another book with him reading.

As a final note, I have read/listened to all of Ian Tregillis' books and I am a fan...this one was just a bit off the well-worn path for him.
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- Michael Sanchez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios