The Devil’s Evidence (Thomas Fool – 2) by Simon Kurt Unsworth
A new case of unsolvable murders brings Hell to Heaven in the explosive sequel to The Devil’s Detective.
Hell is burning out of control. Thomas Fool, Hell’s first Information Man tasked with investigating the endless stream of violence in Hell, has been promoted to the head of the newly expanded Information Office. Now in command of a legion of Information Men, his new position finds him hated by demons and almost revered by humans. He alone has survived the wrath of demon and angel alike, but he stands alone and at the center of a brewing crisis. New on the scene is the Evidence, a shadowy department whose officers do not investigate; they punish and spread fear. And its leader, Mr. Tap, is gunning for Fool.
Fool is ordered to accompany a political delegation to Heaven, and his arrival coincides with an impossible—and sinister—discovery. A dead body. Murder in Heaven. Violence, corruption, and fear are the currency of Hell, and how does one investigate a crime where these concepts are paradoxes? As the bodies pile up, Fool sees disturbing connections between Heaven and Hell. He must follow clues in a strange land where nothing is as it seems and danger can present itself in any form.
What follows is a phantasmagoric, mind-bending thriller as exciting and unsettling as anything in recent fiction. The Devil’s Evidence is an electrifying, provocative novel filled with stunning set pieces and characters who will live on in your deepest nightmares.
Thomas Fool, Hell’s first investigating detective has been given the name Information Man. Recently it seems that there is someone that likes to set fire to buildings and murdering the inhabitants. Too bad The Evidence department now supersedes Thomas. But his skills are needed elsewhere, Heaven. It seems someone is killing “saved” humans and Heaven is not equipped to take care of this.
It is clear that the angels don’t want Thomas there and the demons and Evidence are trying to get him back into Hell. But Thomas is going to find the killer no matter who is trying to stop him or stand in his way. Thomas is very determined to solve this case no matter how messed up Heaven is.
I really enjoyed this book. I love Unsworth’s take on both Heaven and Hell. I mean we all know Hell would be messed up and mysterious fires, that didn’t surprise me. But Heaven, that place is messed up. It is not the wonderful paradise that we have been told.
Unsworth is very descriptive with his writing, I could easily picture the utopia that Heaven appears to be and I could easily see the Hell that he is stuck in. I have not read The Devil’s Detective yet so there were a few things I was a little confused about. But I am not a fan of Unsworth and cannot wait to get to book one and the third book when it is released.
I received The Devil’s Evidence from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.