The Devil's Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth

The Devil's Detective: A Novel - Simon Kurt Unsworth

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 phenomenal -and the creativity and imagination? Outstanding! The pacing was fast and the mystery intriguing. The one drawback I felt was that the story was relentlessly dark and I had to take a quick break to read a short story here and there, to lighten my mood. For that, (which is a picky complaint, I admit), I deducted one half star.

 

This tale was impressive, intricate and imaginative. I'm looking forward to a sequel-I SO hope there'll be one. In the meantime, I think I'll check out more of Mr. Unsworth's work. This visually striking imagery put me in mind of Clive Barker's work, (the Man of Plants and Flowers? I imagine him vividly!)

 

Highly recommended for horror fans, but especially to fans of Barker!