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  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780091956523
  • Imprint: Del Rey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $25.00

The Devil's Detective

A stunning blend of crime thriller and Dante-esque horror.


Solving crimes was the purpose of Hell's Information Men, yet they almost never achieved it, and even when they did, the facts they scraped free were lost, buried again in the labyrinthine mess of the infernal Bureaucracy.

When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered in Hell, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something?

  • Pub date: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780091956523
  • Imprint: Del Rey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $25.00

About the Author

Simon Kurt Unsworth

Simon Unsworth was born in Manchester and has achieved great success in the art of short story writing, having been published widely and nominated for both the World Fantasy Award and Edge Hill Short Story Collection prize.

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Praise for The Devil's Detective

“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, Sunday Times Bestselling author of Wool

“Expect gruesome descriptions of horrible other-worldly violence - and subtly life-affirming sentiments in a quirky Lovecraftian tale”

The Sun

“An entertaining Dantean spin on the police procedural… Appropriately awash with gore and bodily fluids, The Devil’s Detective is damned good.”

The Financial Times

“Dark and luminous, compelling and insidious, DEVIL'S DETECTIVE is a novel that transcends genre”

Michael Marshall Smith

“inventive and intriguing - Unsworth turns a journey through Hell into a heavenly read”

Alison Littlewood, author of Richard and Judy pick A Cold Season

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

Chelsea Cain, NYT bestselling author of One Kick and Heartsick

“Hell as the setting for a noir investigation turns out to be as fun as it sounds in The Devil's Detective. Inventive and pacy, Simon Kurt Unsworth has created a world - underworld? - distinctly his own”

Andrew Pyper, author of The Demonologist and The Damned

“A grand, nightmarish page-turner that will have you riveted no matter how much you’d prefer to look away.”


“Truly a genre bending and thrilling literary mystery you won’t soon forget. Certainly my favorite book of 2015 so far!”

Book People

“The Devil's Detective has the capability to be a real breakout novel, one of those rare breeds of a horror novel that manages to escape from the genre and appeal to much wider audience. The balance between the genre trappings and tropes of both horror and crime is perfectly balanced.”


“Impressive, intricate, and imaginative….Highly recommended for horror fans, but especially to fans of Barker!”


“A layered, fascinating first novel that will put readers firmly in mind of Clive Barker as they indulge in the gorgeous detail of Hell and all of its squalid denizens. The Devil’s Detective is an ambitious yet accomplished piece of work that will leave the reader not only wanting more Thomas Fool but hoping against hope that the reality of Hell isn’t anywhere near as bad as the version in Unsworth’s imagination.”


“A police procedural set in Hell, this fiendishly good debut marks Unsworth out as a talent to watch”


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