The Devil's Detective

The Devil's Detective

Simon Kurt Unsworth / Jun 27, 2019

The Devil s Detective 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 Info

  • Title: The Devil's Detective
  • Author: Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • ISBN: 9780385539340
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 rewDebut 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.

    The Devil s Detective Thomas Fool by Simon Kurt Unsworth Community Reviews The Devil s Detective is a is a richly detailed novel that brims with inventive ideas and clever ambitious writing Unsworth s version of Hell has been painted with exquisitely detailed strokes Rather than going with the standard vision of Hell, this personal hell has a of a feudal feel. The Devil s Detective A Novel Thomas Fool Series 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. The Devil s Detective Thomas Fool Series The Devil s Detective is an ambitious yet accomplished piece of work that will leave the reader not only wanting Thomas Fool but hoping against hope that the reality of Hell isn t anywhere near as bad as the version in Unsworth s imagination ThisIsHorror The Devil s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth, Paperback About the Author Simon Kurt Unsworth was born in Manchester and lives in a farmhouse in Cumbria, in the United Kingdom He is the author of many short stories, including the collection Quiet Houses The Devil s Detective is his first novel. Review The Devil s Detective, By Simon Kurt Unsworth NPR Mar , The Devil s Detective Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell Sartre famously wrote that hell is other people For many fantasy writers, though, it s a bureaucracy In fact, the whole hell as bureaucracy theme has become hackneyed over the years as much of a The Devil s Detective CRIME FICTION LOVER Mar , The Devil s Detective is his first novel, and also his first with a major publication house The story is set, appropriately enough, in Hell, and its protagonist is THE DEVIL S DETECTIVE STARBURST Magazine THE DEVIL S DETECTIVE The Devil s Detective is the first book within a series and is Simon Kurt Unsworth s debut novel The essential idea is that it s a noir crime thriller set within Hell The story follows the character Fool, who works as an information man , which is essentially a detective working in Hell. The Devil s Detective Devil , book by Simon Kurt Unsworth 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. The Devil s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth Knowledge Lost Dec , I went into The Devil s Detective with these preconceived thoughts, and turns out I was correct in thinking this way I did not expect anything special, this novel was a light read blending horror with a typical mystery plot. The Devil s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth 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.

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    1. (I received a free advanced copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for this review.)Most of us like to act like our jobs are hell. But what if your job actually was in Hell? Then bitching about the broken microwave in the break room would seem kind of silly.Hell may no longer go in for casting sinners into burning lakes of fire, but it’s still all about the eternal torment. Now human souls are fished out of the sea of Limbo and crammed into human meat suits and live a grubby existence where t [...]


    2. *Available today!* 3.5 starsAll hope abandon, ye who enter here.I picked up this book with the initial impression that I was in for an urban fantasy piece in which Hell (and angels and demons) would play a role, but that some of the story would inevitably take place in a concrete, corrupted human city. But no. This is full on, 24/7 Hell, all the time Hell, everything Hell. There is no reprieve. And very little hope. The hope is so miniscule you need a very expensive microscope to see it. So yeah [...]


    3. 4.5 stars!Thomas Fool is an Information Man and the setting is Hell with a capital H.Turns out that an Information Man means Detective, even though not much detecting has ever been tried in Hell. He and two others start out on their journey to discover what is sucking souls dry while the reader hangs on for the ride. That's all I'm going to say about the plot, because it would be a disservice to interfere with the author's fine telling of this dark fantasy story.The world building here is phenom [...]


    4. Ever wondered about Hell, what it would be like, the pain, imprisonment, maybe some torture, red hot fire’s and demons. Well Hell sure isn’t empty and all the devils are most definitely in attendance.  Now I've read many portrayals of hell over the years and I've got to say, this is one of the best, a place with little hope and no belief, disturbing and it felt real, believable. Simon Kurt Unsworth's journey into hell is a searing vision, dark and dirty, man living with demon, forever hopi [...]


    5. This was a powerful, thoughtful, sometimes-gory, and all-the-times kick-ass novel. (Oh, man, I used an animated gif. THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT!)We follow Thomas Fool (great name, right??) as he investigates crimes in Hell. Not like "I have to pay taxes and go to work? This place is HELL!" but like "Here be the souls of the damned, toiling for eternity." There's a slight difference. Sometimes.He is one of Hell's Information Men (another great name). Usually he just stamps the crime reports with wha [...]


    6. When I started The Devil’s Detective I knew it might be a bit of a challenge but it called to me. It’s been described as bleak and has also been compared to Barker and though I’ve always adored Barker’s work, I’ve always had to give him my 100% attention because his stuff is rich with description and layer upon layer of dread. I’m not going to lie. This book made me work. It’s filled with a despair that I just can’t put into words. The author painstakingly recreates Hell as a pla [...]


    7. Clive Barker once wrote that “Hell is reimagined by each generation,” and, with The Devil's Detective, it is Simon Kurt Unsworth's turn to do the reimagining. His Hell definitely pays homage to the 'classic' vision, but is more about purgatory and hopelessness than actual punishment. It is a bleak and colorless slum, home to human sinners, fallen angels, demon masters, and all kinds of monsters. Far more dystopian ruin than biblical hell-and-brimstone, Hell is quite literally the ugliest, sa [...]


    8. 3.5If you don't have a decent amount of happiness in reserve somewhere, it would be hard to read his book. It is one of the most depressing stories I've read so far. It seems much longer than it is. That's why it is so hard to rate it. However, it doesn't go bellow I liked it and for a debut novel that's pretty good.Hell in Devil's Detective is a place where fire and burning are replaced with something more subtle and that makes it even worse. The doomed can see Heaven in the sky. A demon fishes [...]


    9. I was expecting something like Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim, but what I got what more like the Hellish visions of Clive Barker. Warning for the uninitiated: DO NOT READ WHILE EATING. There are more than a few scenes in which the descriptive power of the author is in direct confrontation with the possibility of keeping anything down. I want to say something about small demons and semen, but I don't want to ruin the surprise. And the poor souls who work in the fields. *shudder* Sometimes I had to [...]


    10. This was a truly interesting read - I saw several references to it and a lot of praise given to it and I saw it going cheap (excellent copy second hand) so why not, and I must admit I wasn't disappointed. The book basically is a detective novel set in Hell - and this is not the stylised version you see in some books where supernatural and the incredible walk side by side and its the "mundane" that is the odd one out- no this is where harsh realities and petty injustices carry on day and night sl [...]


    11. So, The Devil’s Detective then – a brilliantly imaginative, darkly violent yet very compelling tale, taking us on a round trip to Hell and back…Honestly even though this was Hell quite literally, it was so entertaining you ALMOST want to live there…only almost mind. We meet Thomas Fool, he is an information man. When you land in Hell you have no memory of what you have done to deserve being there – you are allocated a role in “life” and that is it. The conditions are truly terrible [...]


    12. When I first heard of this book, I found the idea of a detective in Hell irresistible and had to give this a try. Thomas Fool is an Information Man in Hell, who spends most of his day stamping crime reports, “Did Not Investigate.” However, when he is asked to actually investigate a murder, he finds that he actually enjoys doing his job and that does not do at all. In Hell it is best not to be noticed, but Fool finds that he is destined to be noticed by far too many and that means danger.In t [...]


    13. Was Dante the first author to take his readers on a fictional trip to the underworld? I'm actually not sure, but since then many have followed the suit and served up their own takes on the destination. Unsworth chose quite a famous setting for his debut novel, much to live up to, much to compare withd has done a genuinely admirable job of it. His vision is bleak, horrific, visceral, frighteningly realistic and stark. Absolutely wild imagination and creativity and so strikingly vivid. He has a wa [...]


    14. Noir in hell. This is not your grandmothers hell either. This is unrelenting pain, suffering and sadness. We get a 360 degree view of hell. How the souls from limbo enter the suffering bodies, the constant fear of demons and the relentless death.Mr. Unsworth has crafted a unique vision with this volume.Surely not for those easily offended.


    15. Review copyAngels, demons, humans, Hell and a series of murders. Regardless of whether you believe in a literal Hell or not, The Devil's Detective will give your imagination a strenuous work-out. Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel introduces us to Thomas Fool, an Information Man, a detective of sorts who is tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding a series of unusual deaths.Fool is one of three investigators with specific rights laid out in The Information Man's Guide to the Rules [...]


    16. Really 3.5 stars.Murders are occurring in Hell, what a surprise. However what is shocking is this particular set of murders where the souls are being devoured is being investigated by information man Thomas Fool.Not a fun, happy novel, but then again I guess only the reader is to blame if they expect a novel set in hell to be sunshine and lollipops.Unsworth does an admirable job world building and setting the reader in hell with Fool and given the location there is no shortage of suspects in the [...]


    17. Set in a version of hell, where hopelessness is the operative word, this detective story focuses on the efforts of an "Information Man" named Thomas Fool to hunt down a killer wreaking havoc on humans while angering demons as he kills off several in his investigation. Fool is also tasked with escorting a delegation from Heaven for negotiations to determine which residents will be elevated or lowered. The investigation lacks a clear sense of direction or focus, with Fool blundering into leads. Go [...]


    18. Wow, that was bleak. A detective novel set in Hell: I sort of anticipated Johannes Cabal type comedy or maybe Sandman Slim all guns blazing, but this was more existential utter misery, with crime solving. Which is fair enough but not exactly fun.Hell here is full of pain (trigger warnings to *infinity* for body horror, rape, sexual slavery and everything that is awful) but the real refinement is that the inmates don't abandon hope. They are given just enough hope and respite to make it *even god [...]


    19. Šī ir no tām retajām grāmatām, kuru nopirku tās nosaukuma dēļ vien. Iegāju savā mīļākajā grāmatnīcā un skatos – vēl neredzēta grāmata ar smuku nosaukumu. Nopirku. Vispār vākam jau ar ne vainas. Parasti, ja runa ir par Elli, tad neiztiek arī bez Asmodeja. Grāmatai pat uz lasīšanu nebija ilgi jāgaida – vien pāris mēneši. Līdz brīdim, kad mani sāka mocīt sirdsapziņa, ka es pērku grāmatas, kuras pēc tam nemaz nelasu.Esiet sveicināti Ellē. Vietā, kur dēm [...]


    20. *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*Thomas Fool is one of hell's information men. He and two colleagues are sent to investigate crime committed in hell, whilst most of it is ignored a recent spate of murders has got the attention of hell's elite who are keen for Thomas to solve it at any cost.Who is killing these young men and feasting on their souls, something powerful and old and not something that Thomas was expecting to find in hell [...]


    21. (view spoiler)[PlotThomas Fool is one of Hell’s “Information Men.” In other words, he’s a damned detective with a name that is used as a pun so often it started to get annoying after the 212th time. Instead of investigating cases, Fool usually just stamps them as “Did Not Investigate” and goes on with his day. Because there is no real justice in Hell, of course, and most crimes are simply the natural order of things — demons murdering humans and what not.You see, in this iteration [...]


    22. This review refers to the audiobook version. Solid 4.5Everyone and their brother has already said all the things I would say about this novel. See Kemper's (once again) excellent review if you need detailed information:Kemper's Review . However, if you are not so inclined to fully peruse others' thoughts, and wish to hear what I think, then I will sum-up:1) The world-building here is extraordinary;2) The concept is brilliant;3) The characters are well-developed and the plot keeps one engaged des [...]


    23. They say, "he who sups with the Devil should eat with a long spoon." If that is the case then I suspect that Simon Kurt Unsworth not only has a long spoon, but one that is also cast from solid silver. His debut novel The Devils Detective is one of those books, that if you believed in such things, was penned by a writer who had made a deal with the devil.Thomas Fool is an Information man, one of Hell's special brand of Detectives a man who, up until he is given the call to investigate a brutal de [...]


    24. (I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)First thing first: if you're looking for nice things, Happy Ever Afters and something else than bleak prospects, this is not the book for you. But the fact it's set in Hell, only in Hell and nowhere else, makes this fact kind of obvious anyway.Thomas Fool is one of Hell's few "Information Men", meant to investigate crimes yet knowing that whatever the outcome, it won't matter. Whether murderers get punished or not doesn't ma [...]


    25. The whole concept of afterlife is one that has enabled most of the major religions of the world to hold people in their thrall. The dichotomy of sin and virtue has proven to be a much more effective manipulative mechanism than war, torture or bribery. Repeatedly tell a large group of people that you will be boiled, tortured and roasted in the netherworld and they start dreaming up a place so horrid that they keep a wide berth from everything that is named as sin in their belief systems. This beg [...]


    26. Some time ago I was in the library when I saw a cliché of an old blue-haired lady browsing the Agatha Christie section. She went to the librarian, book in hand, and asked for something similar. The librarian suggested Gone Girl. Now Gone Girl is a great book, but for a fan of Agatha Christie, it is probably a bit too much to handle.That story came back to me as I was reading The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth. It’s a compelling, powerful novel, but reader beware, because it’s ve [...]


    27. As a fan of both horror and thrillers, I really wanted to like Simon Kurt Unsworth's The Devil's Detective, but I didn't. It's not that the writing was bad; The Devil's Detective is better written than many other thrillers and horror novels I have read and enjoyed. It's not that the story was boring or poorly plotted; despite one significant plot hole (view spoiler)[(if all that is needed to send a soul directly to Heaven is a sufficiently violent death, surely at least some prior deaths caused [...]


    28. Thomas Fool is an Information Man of Hell, who catalogs all committed crimes, but rarely has the opportunity to investigate them. Even when he does and solves the crime, the perpetrator is never punished because, of course, it is a demon. But, one day he is tasked to solve a brutal murder of young man whose soul was devoured. As the murders continue, previously apathetic man starts to change and hope, that forbidden fruit of Hell, starts to wake in his heart. And the Hell changes with him. What [...]


    29. In this book, SKU creates his own version of hell, and takes us on a vicious and twisted tour of that place in the guise of a game of cat & mouse, step-by-step. Thomas Fool, the protagonist, is a member of the Information Men of Hell, i.e. he is supposed to solve crimes and identify the perpetrators. In Hell, that doesn't really happen, until something happens that changes the helpless and hapless Fool into a dogged Knight, walking the mean streets. But, nothing is what it seems. And the Hel [...]


    30. An interesting mash of of genres. It's detective book meetsHell, I guess? The Hell portions were more interesting than the detective ones. I am an aficionado of said detective books and had the entire mystery figured out before the crime even happened. All you have to do is follow Ebert's rule of no unnecessary characters and you can be that smart too!However, the broader issues of penance, forgiveness, and eternity are dealt with in very interesting ways. Also, the guy made out of plants freake [...]


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