Review: ‘The Man in the Dark’, by Jonathan Whitelaw


The Devil’s back – and he’s STILL not had a holiday.

There’s another mystery to solve – a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God’s bidding, The Devil can’t resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.

While the Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there’s trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity’s greatest backstabbers – Brutus and Cassius – are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown.

It’s a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe stop the apocalypse.

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My Review

Thanks to Kelly at Love Books Tours for organising the tour and sending me an emergency ebook copy of this book when the paperback didn’t arrive less than 12 days before I was due to review the book.

I read the first half of the book in a few hours. It’s a good job I set my meds alarm because I’d have forgotten otherwise. I had my tea as well. Then I had a bit of a break and started again another day. I’m seriously considering buying both the books in this series to add to my collection.

I found the story funny and engaging. Starting with the devil ranting at the Pope was a great idea. it set the tone perfectly. I giggled like a maniac – I’m beginning to worry about my sanity, to be honest.

I liked the development of the friendship between Laurie and The Devil as they attempt to solve a kidnapping and stop London melting down. They start out as combatants, with Laurie convinced the Devil is a kidnapper and the Devil desperate to understand how he ended up in a rather second rate human body, and why Hell is going to hell. Through the course of the story they become allies, if not friends and solve the mysteries around them. Written with humour and great characterisation, this book is a good weekend read.

Author Info

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’.

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R Cawkwell

Hi I'm Rosemarie and I like to write. I write short stories and longer fiction, poetry and occasionally articles. I'm working on quite a few things at the minute and wouldn't mind one day actually getting published in print.

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