Nightfall turned out to be both more and less than I expected. It was more because a lot of authors who play with the supernatural usually tend to let that aspect make up for lack of story – Stephen Leather didn’t go that route. It was less in a sense that the ‘demon’ seemed to have more control of people in Jack’s life than seemed likely or believable. The omnipresent ‘demon’ set a difficult precedent for any future books to deal with.
Jack Nightingale is an ex-cop turned private eye. He was a trained negotiator and was often called out to talk suicides down. That is, until one day when an unexpected occurrence changed the course of Jack’s life.
Now Jack is a private investigator and with the economy as it is, he’s mostly spying on suspected unfaithful spouses. Not glamorous but it mostly pays the bills. When he receives a call from a lawyer in a little town outside of London, Jack goes, assuming it has to do with work. As it turns out, Jack’s whole life is about to be turned upside down. The lawyer tells Jack his father just died and he is the sole heir. This surprises Jack greatly because his parents both died in a car accident 15 years ago…
The man who passed away is Jack’s biological father who blew his head off with a shotgun the previous week. He left Jack a video suicide note. Finding out that he was adopted is a big shock to his system, but hearing what his biological father claimed to have done to Jack before he was even born is just out of this world. It is so far fetched that Jack believes his father to be a crazy loon.
I did enjoy Nightfall and while Jack refused to believe what his father told him in the video, it wasn’t a surprise that he was slowly pushed into believing it. Overall, I liked Jack, even though he seemed to enjoy his two bad habits (drinking & smoking) mostly because everyone told him they were bad for his health. Nightfall was a decent read and if you like a little supernatural without going vampires! werewolves! Oh My! there’s a good chance you might like this one.
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
A review copy was provided free of any obligation by Wunderkind PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.