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An exciting short story, part of the Jack Nightingale series by bestselling author Stephen Leather - thrillers with an occult twist. Jack Nightingale - lives in the shadows, fights in the dark. Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dealing with tricky situations. He's faced down the powers of hell a couple of times, too. In this new short story, he's An exciting short story, part of the Jack Nightingale series by bestselling author Stephen Leather - thrillers with an occult twist. Jack Nightingale - lives in the shadows, fights in the dark. Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dealing with tricky situations. He's faced down the powers of hell a couple of times, too. In this new short story, he's called in to help a policeman who's lying at death's door. The doctors can't work out what's wrong. But the dying man's colleagues swear blind that he was cursed by a gypsy during the Dale Farm clearance. And Nightingale could be his only hope. Jack Nightingale is the hero of Stephen Leather's supernatural detective novels. There are five books in the critically acclaimed series: NIGHTFALL, MIDNIGHT, NIGHTMARE, NIGHTSHADE and LASTNIGHT.


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An exciting short story, part of the Jack Nightingale series by bestselling author Stephen Leather - thrillers with an occult twist. Jack Nightingale - lives in the shadows, fights in the dark. Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dealing with tricky situations. He's faced down the powers of hell a couple of times, too. In this new short story, he's An exciting short story, part of the Jack Nightingale series by bestselling author Stephen Leather - thrillers with an occult twist. Jack Nightingale - lives in the shadows, fights in the dark. Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dealing with tricky situations. He's faced down the powers of hell a couple of times, too. In this new short story, he's called in to help a policeman who's lying at death's door. The doctors can't work out what's wrong. But the dying man's colleagues swear blind that he was cursed by a gypsy during the Dale Farm clearance. And Nightingale could be his only hope. Jack Nightingale is the hero of Stephen Leather's supernatural detective novels. There are five books in the critically acclaimed series: NIGHTFALL, MIDNIGHT, NIGHTMARE, NIGHTSHADE and LASTNIGHT.

30 review for Cursed - ebook: A Jack Nightingale short story

  1. 4 out of 5

    T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)

    An enjoyable short story in the Jack Nightingale series. You don't have to read it in order, or even to have read the previous books in the series. I read the first book in the series ages ago, and this has prompted me to get back to it. An enjoyable short story in the Jack Nightingale series. You don't have to read it in order, or even to have read the previous books in the series. I read the first book in the series ages ago, and this has prompted me to get back to it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Batterson

    I enjoyed this short read. I hadn't read any of Stephen Leather's work before, though I found Cursed a pleasant read that took a little over an hour to wrap up. Cursed is an understatement though! I had to take a shower after I read this book for fear I was turning into a snake. Creepy! If you haven't read it, you don't know what I mean! ;) I enjoyed this short read. I hadn't read any of Stephen Leather's work before, though I found Cursed a pleasant read that took a little over an hour to wrap up. Cursed is an understatement though! I had to take a shower after I read this book for fear I was turning into a snake. Creepy! If you haven't read it, you don't know what I mean! ;)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Midnight

    I was privileged to receive a copy of this prior to release and I have to hold my hands up and admit I’m an enthusiastic devotee of Stephen Leather’s books; I admire his ability to tantalise and enthrall a varied spectrum of readers and this short story appealed greatly. Police sergeant Simon Roach became critically ill after working at the Dale Farm clearance; doctors had used the most powerful antibiotic cocktails available and they’d had no effect. Convinced he had been cursed, his colleagues I was privileged to receive a copy of this prior to release and I have to hold my hands up and admit I’m an enthusiastic devotee of Stephen Leather’s books; I admire his ability to tantalise and enthrall a varied spectrum of readers and this short story appealed greatly. Police sergeant Simon Roach became critically ill after working at the Dale Farm clearance; doctors had used the most powerful antibiotic cocktails available and they’d had no effect. Convinced he had been cursed, his colleagues call in Jack Nightingale, a gumshoe plying his trade in London from his South Kensington office. Jack’s previous experience in the supernatural heebie-jeebie world is the officer’s last chance for help. This is a tale of around 13,000 words so is sufficient to whet the appetite of those unfamiliar with the previous Jack Nightingale books (Nightfall and Midnight) and stimulate interest in Nightmare, due for publication in January 2012. Stephen Leather writes with the confidence of the accomplished author he undoubtedly is so the story flows easily; his novels are well plotted, thoroughly researched and are always entertaining. The Jack Nightingale series is no exception and also provides an eerie twist to crime novels. This short story delivers an excellent appetiser and is highly recommended. It is free on Kindle at the moment!

  4. 4 out of 5

    AmbWitch

    Years ago I read Nightfall and never realised it was a series, so it was a nice surprise when I was reading Cursed and started to realise it was familiar. This short story was an enjoyable read and the fact that I barely remembered the first book in the series was not a problem, Cursed can be read without reading any of the others.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    It's always a pleasure to read anything by this author. He's a great storyteller. All his stories are captivating and perfectly paced to keep you reading. And his unique sense of humor is hilarious. Stephen Leather never disappoints no matter what genre he writes in. It's always a pleasure to read anything by this author. He's a great storyteller. All his stories are captivating and perfectly paced to keep you reading. And his unique sense of humor is hilarious. Stephen Leather never disappoints no matter what genre he writes in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    An introduction to the character of Jack Nightingale an ex cop. A very quick read and because of that fails to build up the characters or the plot itself. Don't be put off though I have read Stephen Leather's other work and it is worth a look. An introduction to the character of Jack Nightingale an ex cop. A very quick read and because of that fails to build up the characters or the plot itself. Don't be put off though I have read Stephen Leather's other work and it is worth a look.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brooks

    Like every urban fantasy character Jack Nightingale is snarky, and generally only interested in actions that will benefit himself. This was my first introduction to the character so it was surprising to me that Jack has no real magic himself, but relies on the help of powerful friends to fight against magic. Unfortunately, nothing was really explained about the Gypsy magic curse that was used. The story itself is short focused almost exclusively on the title character so side characters only show Like every urban fantasy character Jack Nightingale is snarky, and generally only interested in actions that will benefit himself. This was my first introduction to the character so it was surprising to me that Jack has no real magic himself, but relies on the help of powerful friends to fight against magic. Unfortunately, nothing was really explained about the Gypsy magic curse that was used. The story itself is short focused almost exclusively on the title character so side characters only show up briefly and are best forgotten for their minor roles. The story is well-told, but doesn't really add anything to the overall Jack Nightingale series and could be easily skipped over.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    Love Jack Nightingale he might use the grey side of the law but he does get the job done. He has been given the task of trying to save a cop's life after he was cursed. Jack knows that he can't find the cure he will lose whatever friends he still has on the force. Jack just hopes that he can be on time and find the old woman before it is too late. A great thriller Love Jack Nightingale he might use the grey side of the law but he does get the job done. He has been given the task of trying to save a cop's life after he was cursed. Jack knows that he can't find the cure he will lose whatever friends he still has on the force. Jack just hopes that he can be on time and find the old woman before it is too late. A great thriller

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Baines

    I have to say it - the Jack Nightingale series is one of my favourite and Cursed didn't disappoint. I have read Cursed before a long time ago but I suddenly had the urge to read all the short stories as I've read 1-5 of the novels. Fabulous stuff. I have to say it - the Jack Nightingale series is one of my favourite and Cursed didn't disappoint. I have read Cursed before a long time ago but I suddenly had the urge to read all the short stories as I've read 1-5 of the novels. Fabulous stuff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karolyn

    Enjoyable Quite enjoyed this short story,bit of supernatural involved but the writing style is easy to follow and good storyline ,

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Another great Jack Nightingale story. Short but very enjoyable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda Irving

    Read it Great read recommended. Jack is a character with baggage. Have read a few in this series. Will get them all

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hilary. Mccarthy

    A good short story in the Jack Nightingale series . I love the characters and the mystic bits .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Set around a Gypsy curse, placed on a Policeman at Dale Farm .. Didn't like it .. Set around a Gypsy curse, placed on a Policeman at Dale Farm .. Didn't like it ..

  15. 4 out of 5

    David SMITH

    It was ok but nothing special in my opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    I've been borrowing the Jack Nightingale series from a guy at work and he mentioned that there were some free ebooks featuring the character available online. I checked where they slotted into the series and after finishing the second book I dutifully loaded up this one on my Kindle to check it out. I have to admit that I didn't think this one was as good as the first two books in the series. My major sticking point is that it opens with Chalmers going to Nightingale for help which just didn't ge I've been borrowing the Jack Nightingale series from a guy at work and he mentioned that there were some free ebooks featuring the character available online. I checked where they slotted into the series and after finishing the second book I dutifully loaded up this one on my Kindle to check it out. I have to admit that I didn't think this one was as good as the first two books in the series. My major sticking point is that it opens with Chalmers going to Nightingale for help which just didn't gel with the character as I'd read him in the first two books. Perhaps if I'd read it after the third I might have felt differently. I think a better opening would have been a random police officer or acquaintance of Jack's asking for his help on this mysterious case. As far as the actual story goes though it made for a nice quick read. I'd finished reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson earlier in the evening and wanted something to occupy myself while my husband and I watched Starsky and Hutch in bed. This one lasted for exactly one episode of the TV show. Just under half of the book is comprised of the opening chapters of the first book which seems rather illogical considering most people going for this book will already be familiar with Nightingale. I'd rather have read the opening of the next book in the series. This story worked well as a short story, I don't see that it would have been possible to extend it into a full Nightingale novel (unless it was part of a subplot). It would have been nice if it had linked in to the other books in the series a little better, rather than just mentioning characters who we've seen before in passing. I would have liked it if we'd got a bit about Jack's sister or something to tie it in a little better. On the whole, not bad for what it is, but had I picked this up before the first Jack Nightingale book I wouldn't have bothered with the rest.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    First the good news, this was free. It is all downhill from this high point. The story is quickly populated by hot topics for Daily Mail readers. Failed multiculturalism, travellers, benefit cheats, obesity, BBC bias, feckless youth. Feels like a check list was being used. The storyline is an ex-cop, Jack Nightingale who, being acquainted with things supernatural, is tasked with lifting a gypsy curse from a cop currently fading fast in the ICU. There are a couple of lines explaining how the ailing c First the good news, this was free. It is all downhill from this high point. The story is quickly populated by hot topics for Daily Mail readers. Failed multiculturalism, travellers, benefit cheats, obesity, BBC bias, feckless youth. Feels like a check list was being used. The storyline is an ex-cop, Jack Nightingale who, being acquainted with things supernatural, is tasked with lifting a gypsy curse from a cop currently fading fast in the ICU. There are a couple of lines explaining how the ailing cop, named Mr Roach had the nickname Scrambled. It was not worth the padding. So pleased was the author with this bit of invention we are then introduced to a character with the nickname Jack, which does not even begin to be a nickname. If this sounds bad, it is worse than that. The very thin story is pinned together by the unlikely event of the hero's secretary having a smattering of Romany. I just kept reading, not in the hope it would improve but too see how poor it could get. Soul-destroying is the answer. The ending transcends bad. I will not ruin the surprise, there isn't one. I would have to be paid to read more from this author, free is not incentive enough. One star, deserves considerably less.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    "Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dealing with tricky situations. [...] In this new short story, he's called in to help a policeman who's lying at death's door. The doctors can't work out what's wrong. But the dying man's colleagues swear blind that he was cursed by a gypsy during the Dale Farm clearance. And Nightingale could be his only hope." A nice appetiser for the Jack Nightingale novels. Should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden series. I have some issues with it "Ex-cop turned private eye Jack Nightingale is used to dealing with tricky situations. [...] In this new short story, he's called in to help a policeman who's lying at death's door. The doctors can't work out what's wrong. But the dying man's colleagues swear blind that he was cursed by a gypsy during the Dale Farm clearance. And Nightingale could be his only hope." A nice appetiser for the Jack Nightingale novels. Should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden series. I have some issues with it though. Nightingale comes across as a bit of a naive dope. And the author happily uses every clichee ever known regarding race and the social situation in the UK. I guess it's supposed to make the story feel real and contemporary, but it gets old fast. The writing is witty and has a nice amount of sarcasm, although some of the conversations come across as a little stilted. I liked the overall feel of the story well enough though and might be tempted to pick up one of his novels.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Another corking story from an author who is fast becoming one of my favourites. Jack Nightingale, cop with a penchant for the odd supernatural event, is called in to help 'Scrambled' a highly trained officer, who was sent in to deal with the gypsies of Dale Farm. Faced with the Romanchial, the true old historic Romany community, a woman's touch proves life threatening for 'Scrambled,' and as his skin turns into scales and fights against his own life force, it's all up to Jack to track them down Another corking story from an author who is fast becoming one of my favourites. Jack Nightingale, cop with a penchant for the odd supernatural event, is called in to help 'Scrambled' a highly trained officer, who was sent in to deal with the gypsies of Dale Farm. Faced with the Romanchial, the true old historic Romany community, a woman's touch proves life threatening for 'Scrambled,' and as his skin turns into scales and fights against his own life force, it's all up to Jack to track them down, solve the puzzle, and save a man's life.... A brilliant story, Stephen Leather is a true weaver of the written word and always has me hooked. Check out his other works, Once Bitten being another cracker...... This story is currently FREE on Amazon....absolute bargain at double the price....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    I loved this short story that gives us an introduction to Jack Nightingale and his special talents in dealing with matters pertaining to the supernatural. Jack is called upon to help a copper who is dying in hospital and the doctors can't find what's wrong with him. Investigations lead Jack to a family of Gypsies where an ancient crone of a woman has cast a curse. Jack needs to fix it and save a life. It was a great read all the way through, unusual plot, entertaining storyline. Lacking in characte I loved this short story that gives us an introduction to Jack Nightingale and his special talents in dealing with matters pertaining to the supernatural. Jack is called upon to help a copper who is dying in hospital and the doctors can't find what's wrong with him. Investigations lead Jack to a family of Gypsies where an ancient crone of a woman has cast a curse. Jack needs to fix it and save a life. It was a great read all the way through, unusual plot, entertaining storyline. Lacking in character development but that's often the case in short stories. I have never read Stephen Leather before and would certainly try more f his many books. A twist of the supernatural in your short stories? Grab this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anika Kalia

    I mean like really? I got this ebook for free. Since I like thrillers so thought of giving it a try. When I started it looked promising. But later on wasn't impressed by the short story. The worst thing is that it portrays a bad concept of patients being treated with superstitious activities instead of the right expertise of a doctor. A patient who is not being cured by a doctor is cured immediately by the use of the concept of voodoo dolls and superstitious curses. Oh c'mon I don't like it when I mean like really? I got this ebook for free. Since I like thrillers so thought of giving it a try. When I started it looked promising. But later on wasn't impressed by the short story. The worst thing is that it portrays a bad concept of patients being treated with superstitious activities instead of the right expertise of a doctor. A patient who is not being cured by a doctor is cured immediately by the use of the concept of voodoo dolls and superstitious curses. Oh c'mon I don't like it when superstition and supernatural seem to belittle science. It doesn't seem real. This was the first short story that I read by this author. Maybe he has good books to his credit but this one definitely didn't impress me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Scott

    This was my first time reading Stephen Leather. I thought Cursed was just okay. I’ve read much, much better stories but I’ve read a lot worse. The main issue I had was I felt like Leather had based Cursed a little too much on the premise of Stephen King’s novel Thinner published under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman. Thinner also deals with gypsy curses and a character whose skin hardens into scales. Cursed was well written and easy to read but not really special. I do like the bled of crime and t This was my first time reading Stephen Leather. I thought Cursed was just okay. I’ve read much, much better stories but I’ve read a lot worse. The main issue I had was I felt like Leather had based Cursed a little too much on the premise of Stephen King’s novel Thinner published under the pseudonym, Richard Bachman. Thinner also deals with gypsy curses and a character whose skin hardens into scales. Cursed was well written and easy to read but not really special. I do like the bled of crime and the supernatural although John Connolly is far superior. I may read a full length novel about Jack Nightingale though because Cursed got me interested in the character. I didn’t hate Cursed or love it. I just felt so-so.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)

    Published: 01/01/2011 Author: Stephen Leather Recommended for: fans of thrillers Edition: Kindle This is a short story which is part of the Jack Nightingale series by the talented Stephen Leather. The charactristics of Jack Nightingale and Chalmers seemed to have slightly changed in this short story with Chalmers asking Jack Nightingale for help which doesn't fit how they were in previous books in the series. It is a quick read but it does build up the suspense, it isn't a bad little book to read, h Published: 01/01/2011 Author: Stephen Leather Recommended for: fans of thrillers Edition: Kindle This is a short story which is part of the Jack Nightingale series by the talented Stephen Leather. The charactristics of Jack Nightingale and Chalmers seemed to have slightly changed in this short story with Chalmers asking Jack Nightingale for help which doesn't fit how they were in previous books in the series. It is a quick read but it does build up the suspense, it isn't a bad little book to read, however if you don't enjoy this novella then you should still try the full length books in the Jack Nightingale series. Stephen Leather is a very talented author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kay Robinson

    Another great though short Jack Nightingale thriller from the author of 'Nightfall'. Once again our hero is faced with the very devil of a case, one, however, that he knows just who to get some help from. He almost becomes a victim himself, but forewarned is forearmed and he escapes with his skin. I'm beginning to really like this character and Stephen Leather's writing style is fast and relentless. Another great though short Jack Nightingale thriller from the author of 'Nightfall'. Once again our hero is faced with the very devil of a case, one, however, that he knows just who to get some help from. He almost becomes a victim himself, but forewarned is forearmed and he escapes with his skin. I'm beginning to really like this character and Stephen Leather's writing style is fast and relentless.

  25. 4 out of 5

    James

    A copper is dying, he was cursed by a Roma when the police cleared Dale Farm. Chalmers, Jack's nemesis calls on Jack to save him. At the first attempt Jack is also cursed but thanks to his wicca friend is cured. His answer to seek the help of a voodoo practioner using the knife with the gypsy blood to lay his own curse. I n exchange for Jack not carrying through with his curse the curse on the copper is lifted and he is fully recovered. A copper is dying, he was cursed by a Roma when the police cleared Dale Farm. Chalmers, Jack's nemesis calls on Jack to save him. At the first attempt Jack is also cursed but thanks to his wicca friend is cured. His answer to seek the help of a voodoo practioner using the knife with the gypsy blood to lay his own curse. I n exchange for Jack not carrying through with his curse the curse on the copper is lifted and he is fully recovered.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Douglas

    This is a short story by Stephen Leather involving one of my favourite men in fiction.If you want a new favourite series of books to enjoy then read all of the Jack Nightingale books, was hooked after the first one and wait impatiently for the next one to be published. Jack found out he was adopted and his real father was a devil worshipper who sold his son's soul to a devil but he also left him his collection of books and his mansion This is a short story by Stephen Leather involving one of my favourite men in fiction.If you want a new favourite series of books to enjoy then read all of the Jack Nightingale books, was hooked after the first one and wait impatiently for the next one to be published. Jack found out he was adopted and his real father was a devil worshipper who sold his son's soul to a devil but he also left him his collection of books and his mansion

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Really interesting crime book that comprised the juicy parts of solving mysteries with the sark, magical arts. Wittily written and very easy to become immersed in, this book is one that I can see both teens/young adults and adults alike enjoying. Something unique about Leather's writing styled makes his work hard to put down. Well worth a read. Really interesting crime book that comprised the juicy parts of solving mysteries with the sark, magical arts. Wittily written and very easy to become immersed in, this book is one that I can see both teens/young adults and adults alike enjoying. Something unique about Leather's writing styled makes his work hard to put down. Well worth a read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a fantastic short story, well worth reading. It grabbed me from the beginning and I just couldn't put it down. It's about a cop who gets cursed by Romany Gypsies and a PI who tries everything to rid him of the curse before he dies. It's not my first story by Stephen Leather and it won't be my last. This was a fantastic short story, well worth reading. It grabbed me from the beginning and I just couldn't put it down. It's about a cop who gets cursed by Romany Gypsies and a PI who tries everything to rid him of the curse before he dies. It's not my first story by Stephen Leather and it won't be my last.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Swapnil Kotecha

    This was my first read from the author and picked it because I got it's free copy from Google Play Store. Truly speaking, I m nt much fan of this genre. But, the book is quite good. I expect books to be a bit bigger. So, this short story didn't excite me more. But, the author is a gr8 storyteller n would like to read his other works. One read is OK for this book. This was my first read from the author and picked it because I got it's free copy from Google Play Store. Truly speaking, I m nt much fan of this genre. But, the book is quite good. I expect books to be a bit bigger. So, this short story didn't excite me more. But, the author is a gr8 storyteller n would like to read his other works. One read is OK for this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first of Stephen Leather's books that I've read - it's an exciting little read of a short story. It's hooked me enough to want to read more of his paranormal detective series. Well written with not an extraneous word added, fast paced & a delicious little snippet of a read. Recommended as an intro to the author's work. This is the first of Stephen Leather's books that I've read - it's an exciting little read of a short story. It's hooked me enough to want to read more of his paranormal detective series. Well written with not an extraneous word added, fast paced & a delicious little snippet of a read. Recommended as an intro to the author's work.

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