John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnolly.co.uk.
A few years after the events of 2009's The Gates, the demon Mrs. Abernathy (formerly Ba'al) wants revenge on young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, who stopped the forces of Hell from invading Earth. The reactivation of the Large Hadron Collider gives Mrs. Abernathy enough energy to drag Samuel to Hell, along with two police officers, an ice-cream man, and a troupe of ne'er-do-well performing dwarfs. With Samuel's not-so-evil demon friend, Nurd, they become the fulcrum of a war that threatens to sunder Hell itself. Connolly's graceful prose, laced with acerbically witty footnotes, is a joy to read, and he easily alternates among slapstick comedy, powerful drama, and skin-crawling horror. His unsettling vision of Hell encompasses grotesque evil and, even worse, pure nothingness. Despite the terrors of Hell, this highly enjoyable, often funny adventure is buoyed by optimism and the possibility of grace. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Brilliantly funny, often touching, with enough action to keep
adventure fans on the edges of their chairs, this novel combines
top-notch writing with cutting wit."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"Connolly lets his imagination and his wit run delightfully wild as he describes Hell's denizens and the human band's pilgrimage through its geography."--"New Orleans Times-Picayune"
"Connolly's graceful prose, laced with acerbically witty footnotes, is a joy to read, and he easily alternates among slapstick comedy, powerful drama, and skin-crawling horror."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Roald Dahl meets Harry Potter."--My Shelf Confessions