"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
The Devil's Evidence by Simon Kurt Unsworth
Expected publication: July 5th 2016 by Doubleday
A new case of unsolvable murders brings Hell to Heaven in the explosive sequel to The Devil's Detective.
Hell is burning out of control. Thomas Fool, Hell's first Information Man tasked with investigating the endless stream of violence in Hell, has been promoted to the head of the newly expanded Information Office. Now in command of a legion of Information Men, his new position finds him hated by demons and almost revered by humans. He alone has survived the wrath of demon and angel alike, but he stands alone and at the center of a brewing crisis. New on the scene is the Evidence, a shadowy department whose officers do not investigate; they punish and spread fear. And its leader, Mr. Tap, is gunning for Fool.
Fool is ordered to accompany a political delegation to Heaven, and his arrival coincides with an impossible—and sinister—discovery. A dead body. Murder in Heaven. Violence, corruption, and fear are the currency of Hell, and how does one investigate a crime where these concepts are paradoxes? As the bodies pile up, Fool sees disturbing connections between Heaven and Hell. He must follow clues in a strange land where nothing is as it seems and danger can present itself in any form.
What follows is a phantasmagoric, mind-bending thriller as exciting and unsettling as anything in recent fiction. The Devil's Evidence is an electrifying, provocative novel filled with stunning set pieces and characters who will live on in your deepest nightmares.
The Devil's Detective was a WTF Friday read for me early last year that I called "a fascinating study of Hell and humanity." I never expected to see a follow-up, but I'm curious to see what else Unsworth can do with the premise.