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The Devil's Laughter (The Devil #5)

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Not your standard murder - this was a vicious, grisly killing, and both reporter Link Donovan and Sheriff Ray Ingalls had grave premonitions that the unGodly laughter they heard echoing through the woods meant this was only the beginning.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Zebra
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D. McCallister I have heard that Johnstone's family will not print the horror books and so they have been out of circulation for a long time. The Devil's Laughter is…moreI have heard that Johnstone's family will not print the horror books and so they have been out of circulation for a long time. The Devil's Laughter is the only one I have ever read and it's one of my favorite books. However, I recently tried to read Darkly the Thunder, the only other Johnstone horror book I have ever found, and I couldn't stand it and could not finish it. Johnstone threw his political views into the book and found it in poor taste that the evil entity older than time agreed with the author's views of politics. (less)

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Dre Mosley
May 03, 2016 Dre Mosley rated it it was ok
If you've read the previous entries in the "Devil" series, then you will likely find this one to be disappointing. Just like the previous books, you have a small town that is at the center of a battle between Good and Evil. You have a town full of devil worshipers and you have a small, select group of good guys that are to be the foils to the Devil's plans(whatever they may be). In the previous books, you got to know certain characters, Sam Balon Sr., his wife, and their son Sam Balon Jr and his ...more
Dec 16, 2009 Thee_ron_clark rated it really liked it
This is the final installment in Johnstone's Devil's series of books. Oddly enough, he strays from the characters introduced in the past installments (aside from a brief mention) to bring us a new character; Link. Link, much like the other protagonists in this series is a military vet and overall bad ass. Aside from that, he is a social outcast and an animal lover which made me like his character more than the two Sams from the previous books.

Much like the other books in the serious, the main pl
Neil Davis
Feb 09, 2017 Neil Davis rated it really liked it
A good read, even though the Balon family isn't in it.
Katie Weigle
Apr 21, 2016 Katie Weigle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story, good characters, well told and I recommend it!

I liked alot and only disliked some of the needless chatter in between but great story...All were complex and well put together however. I know it sounds far fetched, but if ur a person who has a personal relationship with God, u may well not think it's as fantastic as the for thought!!!
May 30, 2009 Ghyn added it
I would say this is the best he has ever written and the best horror novel I have ever read. I have read maybe 6 from Johnstone's horror collection and this has to be the best one and he is my favorite author. His works are very graphic and riveting!
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William Wallace Johnstone was a prolific American author, mostly of western, horror and survivalist novels.

Born and raised in southern Missouri, Johnstone was the youngest of four children. His father was a minister and his mother a school teacher. He quit school when he was fifteen and worked in a carnival and as a deputy sheriff. He later served in the Army and, upon returning to civilian life,
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