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Thomas Fool is an information man, an investigator tasked with cataloging and filing reports on the endless stream of violence and brutality that flows through Hell. His job holds no reward or satisfaction, because Hell has rules but no justice. Each new crime is stamped “Do Not Investigate” and dutifully filed away in the depths of the bureaucracy. But when an important political delegation arrives and a human is found murdered in a horrific manner—extravagant even by Hell’s standards—everything changes. The murders escalate, and their severity points to the kind of killer not seen for many generations. Something is challenging the rules and order of Hell, so the bureaucracy sends Fool to identify and track down the killer. But how do you investigate murder in a place where death is common currency? Or when your main suspect pool is a legion of demons? With no memory of his past and only an irresistible need for justice, Fool will piece together clues and follow a trail that leads directly into the heart of a dark and chaotic conspiracy. A revolution is brewing in Hell—and nothing is what it seems.

The Devil’s Detective is an audacious, highly suspenseful thriller set against a nightmarish and wildly vivid world. Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a phantasmagoric thrill ride filled with stunning set pieces and characters that spring from our deepest nightmares. It will have readers of both thrillers and horror hanging on by their fingernails until the final word. In Hell, hope is your worst enemy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With the character of Fool, Simon Kurt Unsworth has crafted a hero among the damned. Original, tense, and full of twists, this is one hell of a great read.”

    Hugh Howey, New York Times Bestselling author of Wool

  • “I think this might be the most whimsical murder story ever told. The Devil’s Detective is relentlessly creative, fearlessly witty, and completely twisted.”

    Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of One Kick

  • “Dark and luminous, compelling and insidious, The Devil’s Detective is a novel that transcends genre.”

    Michael Marshall, bestselling author of The Intruders

  • “Unsworth’s care in constructing an imaginary world enables him to make the most of his debut’s challenging concept: a hard-boiled detective novel set in Hell itself…Unsworth offers intriguing variations on traditional themes and some memorably hair-raising prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A clever spin on the traditional police procedural…We’ve seen other novels set in Hell, but we haven’t seen a Hell quite like this.”


  • “With wit, ingenuity, and prodigious timing…Unsworth imagines an unsettling afterlife that at times feels uncomfortably close to some of the more unbearable regions of our waking dreams…A grand, nightmarish page-turner that will have you riveted no matter how much you’d prefer to look away.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Simon Kurt Unsworth British writer of supernatural fiction. He lives in Cumbria, in the United Kingdom. He is the author of many short stories, including the collection Quiet Houses. The Devil’s Detective is his first novel.