Johannes Cabal the Detective, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Johannes Cabal is back - a little older, a little wiser, but just as sharply funny, cuttingly sarcastic, and unexpectedly violent as ever. For necromancer Johannes Cabal, dealing with devils, demons and raising the dead is pretty much par for the course.

But when his attempt to steal a rare book turns sour, he is faced by a far more terrifying entity - politics.

While awaiting execution for his crime, Cabal is forced to resurrect an inconveniently deceased emperor.

Seizing his chance, the cunning Cabal engineers his escape, fleeing the country on a state-of-the-art flying ship.

But the ship has more than a few unpleasant surprises, including an unwelcome face from the past and the small matter of some mysterious murders.

Cabal may work with corpses but he has absolutely no intention of becoming one.

Drawn into a deadly conspiracy, is he shuffling dangerously close to the end of his mortal coil?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780755347971



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The second book in the series finds our favourite necromancer having to rely on mundane means to improve his skills so he's travelled to Mirkarvia to purloin a very rare book on the subject. Only problem is, he gets caught in the process and there's only one sentence for a necromancer and that's death. It comes as quite a surprise when when he's offered a proposition instead. Mirkarvia is once again considering thoughts of expansion but the emperor, who was supposed to deliver a rabble rousing speech to the general populace, has upped and died beforehand. So what passes for government in the area want Cabal to bring him back to complete the job. Having previously dealt with the devil, Cabal knows that agreements like the one he's just made generally have a habit of not ending well and so makes a few alterations in the plan and manages to escape on the first airship out of town. Unfortunately for him though, his leisurely flight out of the country does not go as smoothly as he hoped when he runs into an old acquaintance on board and one of his fellow passengers is murdered with an attempt to make it look like suicide. To satisfy his curiosity, Cabal decides to investigate and is almost killed himself. So, not wanting another attempt to succeed, he tries to uncover just what is going on. Not only does Cabal have all this to contend with but he's also getting an odd strange feeling every now and then. Could this be what is referred to as a conscience?With the first book there was a feeling of the author finding his feet but no such problems with the second. The pacing and plot are pretty much spot-on and this allows for the humour to flow more naturally and there are some very funny moments indeed. Cabal himself, although his character hasn't changed, is a much more likeable <i>hero</i> than he was in his first outing. Also included in this book is a short story told from the perspective of a member of a gentleman's club to his fellows detailing an encounter he had with Cabal at the conclusion of the main story. Definitely worth a read. Although this is a second book in the series you don't necessarily have to have read the first to enjoy this though I doubt that I would've enjoyed the first as much if I read them the other way around. 4?'s

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