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The Company of Demons Paperback – January 16, 2018
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About the Author
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.
- Publisher : Greenleaf Book Group Press (January 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1626344515
- ISBN-13 : 978-1626344518
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well. . . . finally at Chapter 22 the story went from 0 to 100! I had to stop reading at 2:00 in the morning because my eyes kept closing but finished the book the next day. The courtroom action was extremely interesting. John did finally make a good decision by hiring Arlene Johnson as his attorney and the legal jousting between her and Mark Flanagan, the prosecuting attorney, was riveting. I think the author should consider writing books with her as the main character. If this book were made into a movie, actresses would be begging to be cast as Arlene Johnson.
From Chapter 22 on I would rate this book at five stars, but settled on four because of how slowly the story moved in the beginning.
The pacing in the early chapters was a little slow, but the story was enticing enough to keep me reading. It really starts to pick up about 100 pages in, and then it doesn’t let off. Jordan’s control of time was skillful and disciplined. The story unfolds linearly, almost in real-time, with very few gaps, and even fewer lengthy flashbacks. The time compression before and during the trial was a little jarring at first, but ultimately necessary.
I initially had some concerns about the limitations of a first-person narrator, but Jordan was adept at putting the narrator in the right place at the right time without being heavy-handed. Jordan also created a strong supporting cast to provide alternate perspectives through dialogue, without relying solely on exposition. The portrayal of the wife and sister-in-law was a little one-dimensional and tiring at times, but given the circumstances of the interactions, perhaps that was deliberate and justified realism.
Jordan’s story is packed with suspense and plot twists. You know it’s a good story when you start reading slower toward the end, knowing there are only a few pages to go, and still wanting the story to continue. It’s always bittersweet to say farewell to characters you have started to really know and understand.
The Company of Demons is really two books in one: A serial killer thriller and a Grisham-esque courtroom drama. If you like either of those, you can’t go wrong with Jordan’s debut. I’ve been shying away from my Kindle; I realized I missed holding an actual book in my hand. The print version of the novel did not disappoint. The simplicity of the cover is what originally caught my attention on Twitter; it is even better in person. The overall design and printing are quite nice as well.
Follow Michael Jordan on Twitter @mjordanauthor and check out his website.