New York Night
by Stephen Leather
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. New York Night is the seventh novel in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series.
Sara could see that he was afraid so she smiled what she hoped was a comforting smile. ‘It’s a game,’ she said. ‘It’s just a game.’
‘If you want to play a game, let’s play Grand Theft Auto,’ said her brother. Luke was ten, six years younger than she was. They rarely played together but she needed another pair of hands for the Ouija board and Luke could be relied on to do as he was told.
‘Because I want to play this,’ she said.
‘It’s stupid,’ he said. ‘I’ve never heard of a game like this before.’ He sat back on his heels. They were in her bedroom. He was rarely allowed into her room and had looked at her suspiciously when she had first suggested they play a game together.
‘You liked Charlie Charlie didn’t you? Well this is the same. You can ask it question and it’ll answer.’
‘Charlie Charlie is for fun,’ said the boy.
‘So is this. But with Charlie Charlie you can only pick one of four answers, right? This way the spirits can talk to us.’
‘Spirits? You mean ghosts?’
‘It’s all the same. Look, it’s a game. Just a game. Do you want to play or shall I tell mom you haven’t done your homework?’
Okay, okay,’ mumbled Luke. ‘Don’t give me a hard time.’
Independent Authors Q&A
How long have you been writing?
I was a journalist for more than ten years, working on newspapers such as the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror, The Times, and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. It was as a journalist that I learned how to write, in particular how to tell a story in fast-moving, uncluttered prose. I tried writing fiction at university (studying biochemistry) but I wasn’t any good at all. I tried again when I was in my late twenties and working as a journalist on the Daily Mirror and produced a novel – Pay Off – that I sold for the princely sum of £1,000! It was published when I had just turned 30 and had moved to Hong Kong (where I wrote my next two books) and I was off and running as a published author.
How long have you been a published author?
Almost 30 years now now! My first book Pay Off was published by Collins (now Harper Collins) when I was thirty and working as Business Editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. I went on to write The Fireman and Hungry Ghost while I was a journalist, then in 1992 I wrote a book called The Chinaman which sold for serious money and I began to write full time. Incidentally, Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) is directing the movie of my book The Chinaman. The hero of the title is played by Jackie Chan and the IRA villain by Pierce Brosnan. Hopefully it will be in the cinemas in 2017, though almost certainly under a different title. How cool is that?
What titles do you have available?
More than 40! Most are with my publisher Hodder and Stoughton but I am also one of Amazon’s top self-publishers. My self-published novel The Basement has been a Number 1 bestseller in the main Amazon fiction chart in the US and the UK, and Amazon has named me as one of the UK’s Top 10 self-publishers of all time! I have self-published more than twenty short stories and 10 novels, including San Francisco Night and New York Night. I plan to split my future output 50:50 between self-published and traditionally-published.
What made you choose the subject of this book?
When I was growing up I was a big fan of the black magic books of Dennis Wheatley. I also loved horror movies especially the films that were showing when I was growing up, like The Exorcist and The Omen. The inspiration for the character Jack Nightingale was partly the Harry Angel character in the 1987 movie Angel Heart, played by Mickey Rourke. I loved the idea of a regular private eye being pulled slowly into the supernatural world, so he doesn’t realise what is happening to him. New York Night is the seventh book in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series. The first five were published by Hodder and Stoughton and were set in the UK. I am now self-publishing the books and have moved the character to the United States. The first self-published book was San Francisco Night which was very well received, so I had no hesitation in writing another. I have always enjoyed visiting New York so I decided to set the next one there. In New York Night 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. I had so much fun writing it! If it sells as well as San Francisco Night did then I plan to set the next Jack Nightingale book in Miami.
Do you have any new titles coming soon?
I have a new book out at the moment – First Response – which is a stand alone thriller set during one action-packed day in London, when nine suicide bombers suddenly appear around the capital. Then in July Hodder and Stoughton will be publishing my 13th Dan “Spider” Shepherd – Dark Forces. Dark Forces is another terrorism book, with a Syrian sniper travelling across Europe to take part in a major terrorist incident in London. And I hope to have Miami Night published by the end of the year. Busy, busy, busy!
What is your favourite genre and why?
So far as writing is concerned I have most fun with the supernatural books. I guess because I have to use my imagination more! My regular thrillers are set in the very real world of crime and terrorism and it’s important that those books are grounded in reality. Everything has to be plausible and realistic which means lots of research and sometimes the realism means the plot and the characters have to be reined in. There are no such restraints with Jack Nightingale where demons and devils walk the earth causing mischief and mayhem. When it comes to reading I prefer horror, especially writers like Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
I love losing myself in the story I’m writing, which usually happens in the last quarter of a book. At that point the characters seem so real and their world is so vivid that the ‘real’ world pales into insignificance. I love it when the characters are so developed that I can hear their voice. It’s almost as if I can have a conversation with them. It’s almost impossible to ever be bored as a writer – I can be sitting in a bank queue or waiting for a plane and my head is full of voices and characters. It sounds a bit weird but any writer will know what I’m talking about!
If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I’d love to do books where my hero Spider Shepherd works alongside another fictional action hero, say Nick Stone written by Andy McNab, Sean Dillon by Jack Higgins, or Joe Hunter by Matt Hilton. And I’ve often thought it would be fun to have Jack Nightingale work a case with JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.
Where can readers find you on the web?
My website is at www.stephenleather.com and I can always be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stephenleatherofficial/ Jack Nightingale has his own website at www.jacknightingale.com but it’s not for the faint-hearted!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.
Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.
Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather
Jack Nightingale has his own website at www.jacknightingale.com
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