The Jack Nightingale series is a series of popular occultist novels by Stephen Leather, one of the best British paranormal thriller authors of his generation. The lead character from which the novels draw their name is Jack Nightingale, who first appeared as the lead in the first novel in the series, “Nightfall” published in 2011.
Order of Jack Nightingale Series
|3||Cursed (Short Story)||2011|
|5||Still Bleeding (Short Story)||2012|
|9||Tracks (Short Story)||2014|
|10||San Francisco Night||2014|
|11||I Know Who Did It (Short Story)||2015|
|12||New York Night||2015|
|13||Children Of The Dark (Short Story)||2016|
|14||The Creeper (Short Story)||2017|
Jack Nightingale was a police negotiator with the London Metropolitan Police Force, but was dismissed after a series of strange and tragic events made it impossible for him to do his job. After failing to prevent a nine year old from jumping off a ledge, and getting so frustrated with the father of the child that he turned violent, he is dismissed from the force. Nightingale now works as a private investigator for spouses who suspect their partner is cheating on them.
The first novel in the series, “Nightfall” is an amazing occult thriller that will have the reader hooked from the beginning to the end. It starts out with the story of Jack Nightingale, who is heading out to the location of a possible jumper, a 9-year-old named Sophie. Unable to save the girl, he leaves the force but is still haunted by the incident two years later. He now works as a private investigator and drowns his demons with drinking and smoking.
Things take a turn for the bizarre when he inherits a large mansion from his father, only to start hearing strange voices telling him that he is going to hell. He soon finds out that his father had sold his soul to the devil, who will be coming to collect on his thirty-third birthday. What follows is a spine-chilling novel as the countdown to his birthday draws even closer. One of the best novels ever written by Stephen Leather, it is testament to the proficiency that saw him named in the top 100 most influential people in British publishing.
BEST JACK NIGHTINGALE BOOKS
San Francisco Night: The sixth novel in the series is regarded as one of the best novels in the Jack Nightingale series of novels. Jack Nightingale loves to fight his battles in the grey area where the supernatural meets the natural world. But when he is called to San Francisco, he gets the shock of his life as the war here is fought in the open. Calling themselves the Apostles, the San Franciscan Satanists are a coven using ritualistic torture and murder to open a portal to hell. When they realize that Nightingale is on to them, they unleash their most potent cocktail a band of disparate monsters to take him down. Jack now has only a few days to neutralize the Satanists, before they spread destruction and death imported from Hell, while keeping himself alive.
Nightfall: The first novel in the series is a suspenseful novel with one of the most gripping plots of any of the novels. Dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service, Nightingale becomes a private investigator, only to find that his supernatural experiences increase in intensity. The death of his biological father leaves him the new owner of a mansion, which he soon moves into. The joy of a new house does not last long, as he soon discovers that his father had committed suicide after he realized that a deal he made to sell his son’s soul to the devil could not be reversed. In a somber yet stirring narrative, the novel takes a philosophical look into the shadowy world of the supernatural and its interactions with the real world.
Lastnight: The fifth novel is a chilling story of a killer that has been killing the Goths – butchering and skinning them with unrestrained relish. With the cops unable to solve the mystifying case, Superintendent Chalmers calls in his arch nemesis Jack Nightingale, who has made a name for himself dealing with the supernatural. He soon links the murdered Goths to a common tattoo that is the trademark of the Order of Nine Angels, but the child sacrifice cult retaliates by turning the guns against him and his family. Given the Order has powerful connections all over the globe, he cannot run and is forced to make very hard decisions.
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