Jack Nightingale

20 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050 ratings

Nightfall Summary

“You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him.

Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

Jack doesn’t believe in Hell, but when people close to him start to die horribly, he is led to the inescapable conclusion that real evil may be at work. And that if he doesn’t find a way out, he’ll be damned in hell for eternity.

©2010 Stephen Leather (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Nightfall

    • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 843
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 682
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 682

    “You’re going to hell, Jack Nightingale”: They are words that ended his police career. Now Jack’s a struggling private detective – and the chilling words come back to haunt him. Nightingale’s life is turned upside down the day that he inherits a mansion from a man who claims to be his father. It comes with a warning that Nightingale’s soul was sold at birth and a devil will come to claim it on his 33rd birthday – just three weeks away.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a gripping tale.

    • By Hilary T. on 15-06-10

    Regular price: £13.99

  • Book 2

    • Midnight

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 553
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 461
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 461

    Jack Nightingale found it hard enough to save lives when he was a cop. Now he needs to save a soul – his sister's. But to save her he has to find her and they’ve been separated since birth. When everyone Jack talks to about his sister dies horribly, he realises that someone, or something, is determined to keep them apart. If he's going to save his sister, he's going to have to do what he does best - negotiate. But any negotiation with the forces of darkness comes at a terrible price.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Had hoped ...

    • By TinaF on 09-02-16

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 3

    • Nightmare

    • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 3
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 422

    What goes around comes around. Jack Nightingale learned that as a cop and discovered that it was just as true in the world of the supernatural. His life changed forever on the day he failed to stop a young girl throwing herself to her death. Ever since, he’s been haunted by thoughts that he could have done more to save her. Now her cries for help are louder than ever. Is she trapped in eternal torment? Or are the forces of darkness torturing and deceiving him in order to regain the ultimate prize – his soul?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Saved by a decent ending.

    • By TinaF on 14-02-16
    • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 3
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 01-05-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 503 ratings

    Regular price: £15.79

  • Book 4

    • Nightshade

    • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 4
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 436
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 433

    When a murdered young girl miraculously returns to life saying she's spoken to God, it's clear that sinister forces are at play. And when those who speak to her inexplicably commit suicide shortly afterwards, Nightingale is called in. He discovers a demon has possessed the girl's body…and the only way to banish it is to kill her. And that's not all he has to deal with. After a farmer kills eight people before turning the gun on himself, the press label him as a Satanist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A welcome return to form

    • By Tim on 27-06-13

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 5

    • Lastnight

    • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 5
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 416
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 383
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384

    A killer is murdering Goths with relish - skinning and butchering them. The cops aren’t getting anywhere so Jack Nightingale’s nemesis, Superintendent Chalmers, asks him for help. Nightingale discovers that the murdered Goths had one thing in common: a tattoo connected to the secretive, Satanic, child-sacrificing cult called the Order Of Nine Angles. As Nightingale closes in on the killers, the tables are turned and he finds himself in the firing line, along with his friends and family. The Order will stop at nothing to protect their secrets and Nightingale realises that there is nothing he can do to protect himself.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So,so!

    • By stephen on 10-06-14
    • A Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller, Book 5
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Release date: 01-06-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 416 ratings

    Regular price: £15.09

  • Book 6

    • San Francisco Night

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 339

    Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows - in the grey areas where the real world meets the supernatural. But when he arrives in San Francisco to take on a group of Satanists bent on opening a doorway to hell, the danger is out in the open and all too real. The Apostles - a Satanic coven using murder and torture to pave the way for a demon to enter the real world - realise that Nightingale is on their tail and unleash their own brand of monsters to take him down.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Brilliant Jack Nightingale book

    • By Freda on 22-11-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 7

    • New York Night

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 287
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 287

    Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can't help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate and finds his own soul is on the line.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good but could be better

    • By TrickyPolt on 06-06-16

    Regular price: £18.59

  • Book 8

    • Tennessee Night

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    When Jack Nightingale learns that there is a mysterious list of children who are at risk, he takes the case, spurred on by the fact that he knows one of the names, and that makes it personal. His investigation brings him up against a demon from hell who is being used on a mission of revenge. But if Nightingale is to save the children, and his own soul, he’ll need help from an old adversary. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bloody marvellous

    • By Andromeda's Twin on 07-03-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The House on Gable Street

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    In the middle of the night, two young infants start screaming in their bedroom as the temperature drops, the baby mobiles spin wildly and the room is filled with an aura of fear, panic and dread.... Jack Nightingale is called to investigate these spooky goings on in the house of occult-metal rock star Jimmy Deadman and his health-crazed supermodel wife, Mary Madison. To try to work out what’s going on and save the poor children from the haunting, he must delve into the history of the town and the house itself and discover the meaning of two mysterious occultist lockets gifted to the babies on the day of their baptism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Jack Nightingale outing.

    • By Hoops on 14-03-19

    Regular price: £15.79

    • Nightingale: A Short Story Collection

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    Detective Jack Nightingale fights his battles in the shadows, in the grey areas where demons and monsters seek their prey. In this collection of nine short stories, Nightingale matches wits against demons from Hell, monsters created by humans, and Satanists who have done their own private deals with the devil.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bite size Nightingale!

    • By Annabel on 15-09-17

    Regular price: £30.49

    • Watery Grave

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Jack Nightingale and his companion Jenny McLean travel to Dorset to help Laura, an old school friend of Jenny’s - mysterious footsteps have been appearing on Laura’s deck every night, leading from the ocean to her house. As the footsteps get closer day by day, Nightingale must figure out who they belong to, why they appear and whether their owner comes in peace....  

    Regular price: £2.09

    • Knock Knock

    • A Jack Nightingale Short Story
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    South London gangster Perry Smith doesn’t scare easily, but when four of his associates are brutally ripped apart by a demon called Amy, he calls in Jack Nightingale. Nightingale thinks it’s a wind-up - the gang contacted the demon via an iPad app whilst on holiday. But before he knows it, he’s on his way to Fuengirola, with his assistant, Jenny McLean, to send Amy back to where she came from.

    Regular price: £2.99

    • Possession

    • A Jack Nightingale Short Story
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    It’s been a long time since Jack Nightingale has taken confession. But repenting for his sins is not the only reason he has come to visit Father O’Grady - he needs him to perform an exorcism. Billy has been possessed by Bakka, a powerful demon who is Satan’s most loyal servant, and Jack must race to save the boy, and the world, from succumbing to the greatest evil imaginable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent story

    • By J. Burke on 03-06-19

    Regular price: £2.99

    • The Asylum

    • A Jack Nightingale Short Story
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The Wentworth Asylum, once used to house thousands of people, now lies abandoned. People insist it is inhabited by an ex-inmate who now chops down those who enter with her ax. After two teenagers turn up dead in the asylum, a television crew head to the asylum in the hopes of catching footage of the haunting. And to ensure their safety, Jack Nightingale is sent with them. But is it merely an ax-wielding murderer which awaits them?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Susan on 24-05-19

    Regular price: £2.99

    • The Cards

    • A Jack Nightingale Short Story
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Tarot cards predict the future, right? Trust Jack Nightingale to find a pack that can change that future...and of course he 'borrows' a card and signs a Latin contract he can’t read in his own blood. Can Jack and his longtime assistant Jenny McLean thwart the cards and destroy his and dozens of other contracts? Would anyone put money on a demon triumphing when Nightingale is on a mission?

    Regular price: £2.99

    • The Doll

    • A Jack Nightingale Short Story
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Finally with some time off, Jack Nightingale decides to take a scenic tour of some haunted sites on the American East coast. But when a strange doll is dumped in the road in front of him, what was meant to be a break for rest and relaxation turns into a battle for life and death; the doll is powerful, murderous and evil. And Nightingale may have unwittingly made himself its next target.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Judy Lovelock on 07-01-19

    Regular price: £2.99

    • Wrong Turn

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Somewhere along Route 74, Jack Nightingale takes a wrong turn, ending up at a nightmarish convention for serial killers. When things start getting out of hand, Nightingale has to step in to stop more blood being shed.     

    Regular price: £2.09

    • Nightingale 2

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    The second book of short stories featuring supernatural detective Jack Nightingale, who fights his battles in the shadows, in the grey areas where demons and monsters seek their prey, where one mistake can cost him his life - or worse. In this collection of nine short stories, Nightingale matches wits against haunted houses, serial killers back from the dead, disturbed spirits, demon dolls and monsters from hell.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • much cheaper than buying them individually

    • By john91919 on 10-02-19

    Regular price: £22.09

    • Claws

    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    Employed by wealthy widow Vivienne Creswell to find out more about her husband’s death, Jack Nightingale finds himself in Florida. Dan Creswell’s body was found in his third floor apartment, ripped to shreds and with the footprints of a giant cat found at the scene. But he couldn’t have been killed by a cat...right?

    Regular price: £2.09

    • The Mansion

    • A Jack Nightingale Short Story
    • By: Stephen Leather
    • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Jack Nightingale is now living permanently in the US, and Joshua Wainwright has a job for him. Billionaire David Warner is being plagued by a ghost, and Nightingale must get rid of it or he won’t close his business deal with Wainwright. So it is a stay in a haunted mansion for Jack, surrounded by scared or hostile staff and dealing with an obnoxious client. Even under pressure of time, Jack’s first concern is with the welfare of the ghost.

    Regular price: £2.99