The Devil's Detective

The Devil's Detective

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Debut novelist Simon Kurt Unsworth sends the detective novel to Hell. In The Devil's Detective , a sea change is coming to Hell . . . and a man named Thomas Fool is caught in the middle.

Thomas Fool is an Information Man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped "Do Not Investigate" and dutifully filed away in the depths of the Bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner--extravagant even by Hell's standards--everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the Bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. . . . But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell . . . and nothing is what it seems.
The Devil's Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385539357
0385539355
9780385539340
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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augsburgerin
Apr 10, 2017

Proving once again that the hard-boiled mystery concept can be applied to almost any setting, this book is set in hell where Information Man Thomas Fool is ordered to investigate a brutal murder. That he is ordered to investigate is almost as shocking to Fool as the crime itself since this is hell after all and demons kill humans all the time. Great plot, imaginative setting and interesting characters make this a definite recommendation.

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Dreamstime
Feb 07, 2016

I am not going to rate this book because I did not finish it. The premise is fantastic and the writing is excellent. I just found it too grim to continue. The setting is Hell after all so I'm not surprised by the dark and hopeless tone. Our hero is aptly named Thomas Fool. I'll check the book out again in the future and give it a try once again.

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looper46
Jul 28, 2015

Indeed an original concept as GAI1776 says. Hell has changed over the years; no longer lakes of fire, brimstone and all that Old Testament hell. It seems to me to be almost like North Korea, where people work in terrible factories(labor camps in No. Korea) and are tormented by demons. But hell needs cops it seems. It's very different, I thought it was scary at times(descriptions of demons and torments afflicted). Very different crime/detective novel. Read it!

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GAI1776
Jun 22, 2015

I have never a mystery novel like this what an original idea murder in hell can't wait for next Thomas fool novel (hopefully)

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