Nightingale by Stephen Leather #review
Posted by brriske
In this collection of nine short stories, Nightingale matches wits against demons from Hell, monsters created by humans, and Satanists who have done their own private deals with the devil.
The stories are – Still Bleeding, Cursed, Blood Bath, I Know Who Did It, My Name Is Lydia, The Creeper, Children Of The Dark, Tracks, and The Undead.
PLUS – A free copy of DevilZone, a Jack Nightingale screenplay. The movie was never made, but the screenplay became the basis for the first Jack Nightingale novel, Nightfall.
PRAISE FOR THE JACK NIGHTINGALE SERIES
‘A wicked read’ Anthony Horowitz
‘Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!’ James Herbert
‘Written with panache, and a fine ear for dialogue, Leather manages the collision between the real and the occult with exceptional skill’ Daily Mail
‘A stunning masterclass in darkness from a ferocious talent who excels in putting the devil in the details’ Daily Record
Book Review – Nightingale: 9 Jack Nightingale Supernatural Short Stories
> This book contains 9 short stories in the Jack Nightingale series. Each of the stories in this collection standalone. Most include Jack’s assistant, Jenny. Jack is a private investigator who specializes in the paranormal. Jack doesn’t have any paranormal qualities, but happens to know people who can help him figure out what to do. I don’t really like the plot trick of having an answer person explain all and then figuring out the clues.
>The situation is described first, usually in a chapter long scene of incredible gore and violence. Jack is then called in to solve the mystery or stop the action somehow. The “Know all” characters, such as the Wicca store owner, then help Jack along. These stories all involved the Devil or a demon and were quite graphic and a bit disgusting. Jack even works for a satanist which is odd, as the satanist is portrayed as a good guy.
>This book gave the general feel of uneasiness and dread. The mysteries were too short to be exciting. The violence was too gory and grotesque to be anything but hard to read. Nothing about Jack made me care about him. There wasn’t any type or hint of romance, even though Jenny was in most of the stories. I am a reviewer for Romance Authors the Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving the story 3 hearts.