The Devil's Detective

The Devil's Detective

A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385539340
0385539347
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: UNSWORTH, S

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 12, 2018

A fantasy/horror/detective novel set in Hell. (And I don’t mean Hell, Michigan.) A little confusing to start but worth the patience to get to the mystery.

Hell has changed. No more pits of fire or pushing rocks up hills. The folks (things) in charge have decided that total hopelessness is not as great a punishment as a tiny bit of hope is. So humans are forced to work in factories and farms to produce items and food for Hell’s residents or to be sex-slaves to really nasty demons. Limbo has become basically soul storage. If one of the demons gets a little rough on the slaves, the slave’s body dies and the soul returns to Limbo until its next re-embodiment in Hell. And once in a while a delegation from Heaven comes down and randomly selects a few souls to be elevated into Heaven. A TINY bit of hope.

Thomas Fool, for reasons unknown to him, has been re-embodied as a detective (a job called “Information Man” in Hell), along with two other people. Their jobs are to investigate murders and other crimes; but no one seems to care if they ever find anyone guilty. It’s Hell; everyone is already guilty. But now something different is happening. People are being murdered and their souls are not going to Limbo. Clever and twisty but not for the meek.

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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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