Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Devil's Evidence - by Simon Kurt Unsworth - The Devil's Detective is back
Thomas Fool, The Devil's Detective, is an Information Man and a human among demons. Fool is now the Commander of the Information Office, a position in Hell for which he gets little respect.
Now there's a new department in Hell, The Evidence, headed by Mr. Tap. All they seem to do is get in the way of the Information Men. "They didn't investigate, they simply tore things apart and reached conclusions that made little or no sense, and then executed justice on the spot."
As Fool and his team are investigating a series of arsons and murders, he is called away to be part of a special delegation to Heaven. While in Heaven, he learns of some mysterious deaths there. Heaven blames Hell. Hell blames Heaven. Can Thomas Fool uncover the truth before there's an all out war?
The Devil's Evidence turned out to be a worthy sequel to The Devil's Detective, and was slightly better than book one. More fantasy than horror, but it does get rather gruesome at times. Pure escapism requiring a total suspension of disbelief. This is not an easy read, but it is an interesting and entertaining foray into a completely different world and the final twist is pure gold.
From Doubleday, The Devil's Evidence: A Novel, is available in hardback, e-book and audio formats.
Simon Kurt Unsworth as born in Manchester and lives in a farmhouse in Cumbria, in the United Kingdom. He is the author of The Devil's Detective and many short stories, including the collections Lost Places, Quiet Houses, and Strange Gateways.