Nightfall

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By: Stephen Leather

I was provided an ARC of Nightfall by a publicist for the book.  As with all reviews where I’ve been provided a copy, I only review the book if I’ve been able to at least find a few good things about the book.  If I don’t like it, I don’t review it.

Nightfall is a story about a ex-cop negotiator who’s turned private detective.  As such, he finds it hard to believe in much more than the law.  Until he finds himself deep into a situation that requires a lot of belief in a lot of things.  Leather does a very good job of bringing the character along without doing the ever popular bit where the character suddenly believes something he didn’t a page ago simply because someone said he should.  He doesn’t take any short-cuts, in other words.  The character is developed, and comes along at a pace that is well done.  The plot plods along at times, but when it’s moving, it was a page turner.

Bits and pieces of the story were a bit transparent, and predictable.  Throughout, we’re kept in the dark as Nightingale (the protagonist) tries to figure out what’s going on and struggles with his beliefs that are being challenged.  The combination of the two seemed to strike a pretty good balance although the ending was a bit light, I thought.  Not unbelievable, but it seemed obvious.  Part of that may be simply because of the POV and how we readers are shown certain things. Another part of that might be that I think this is likely the first of a series of some sort, so parts might be left for future books.

One of the things that I dislike about receiving ARCs is that they are often under-edited.  There are usually misspellings, grammatical errors, and incongruities in the plot and scenes.  I was pleasantly surprised with Nightfall, in that it had very few of those problems.  Hats off to Leather, and whomever his editor is, for turning out a very good ARC copy.

Overall, the book fits the bill of a thriller, with a bit of the old detective novels thrown in.  It’s well written, and Leather’s experience shines through as he presents us with a highly readable novel that is a joy to read.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the review! Yes, the book was very well edited, first by an editor with Hodder and Stoughton in the UK and again by Amazon’s editing team in the US! Glad you enjoyed it, and as you spotted it’s the start of a series. Midnight and Nightmare are ready to go!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Stephen! Look forward to seeing the next in the series!

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