The Company of Demons
2019 Royal Palm Literary Award SILVER Medal Winner in Thriller/Suspense
2019 Indie Excellence Award Winner in Crime Fiction
2019 Indie Excellence Award Finalist in Legal Thriller
2019 International Book Awards Finalist in Mystery/Suspense
2019 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Silver Medalist
2018 Florida Book Awards GOLD Medal Winner ...more
This book gets off to a very grisly start, setting the tone for a dark, twisty thriller.
A gruesome serial killer case that was never solved, sends John Coleman’s father, one of the lead detectives on the case, to an early grave.
Now in his sixties, John is an attorney, haunted by his father’s death. He’s drinking to excess, looking for a way to sabotage the progress he was making on his marriage and putting his rel ...more
John Coleman is a lawyer, and when his best friend is murdered, he is left reeling. The murder immediately brings to mind a serial killer who has been inactive for years.
John quickly becomes ensnared in the victim’s family life, handling the estate and helping the adult children of the deceased.
This book was almost as gruesomely detailed as Karin Slaughter. If you can handle her books, you are fine, but I felt the need to point out there ...more
The Company of Demons is the debut novel by Michael Jordan. It is a great thriller set in Cleveland, Ohio. I was totally in love with this book. The author was able to draw me in right from the beginning and held my interest throughout. I felt the pace of the book was spot-on. I also thought the ending was good.
The main character, John Coleman, is a lawyer who has a problem with alcohol and cheating on his wife. Needless to...more
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I am going to start out my review for The Company of Demons by saying this book will not be for everyone. If you are squeamish in any way, you probably aren't going to like this one. There are a few scenes that are pretty nasty, and although Michael Jordan doesn't go into a ton of detail, you are still very aware of ...more
John, a lawyer, is hired by his dead friend's daughter to handle her father's estate. Meanwhile, other murders occur that are similar to another serial killer, the Butcher. John has a lot of flaws including, but not limited to, alcoholism. I did not particula ...more
This was suppose to be a fill in book for me. I was kind of interested and when reading its summary thought what the heck. Boy, was I in for a very surprising, chilling surprise! I guess I should always remember that no one is exempt from being surprised.
John Coleman is a lawyer, son of a dead policeman, married to Cathy and they have one adopted daughter who they love tremendously. John is also teetering on the brink of being an alcoholic and it i ...more
It’s a story based upon the unsolved “Torso Murders” which happened in Cleveland in the 1930’s. To this date, the serial killer was never found. The famous Eliot Ness could not solve the case. Unfortunately, this case derailed Ness and began a downward slope in his life.
Jordan is a Lawyer by trade and discovere ...more
Back in the 40's, there was a serial killer dubbed "The Torso Murderer" who left a string of bodies brutally slain around the Cleveland area. He even alluded the famous Elliot Ness; this is fact.
A generation later another serial killer "The butcher" enters the scene with the same M.O. as the earlier "Torso Murderer".
This murderer, "The Butcher" strikes Cleveland and it alm ...more
John Coleman isn’t the most likeable guy that you could meet, in ...more
Short one since I couldn't remember a lot of the book and I really wasn't into it. Also, not going on the blog because it's so short.
Really, this one just didn't work for me. The story is good and the history that it combined was interesting, yet there were so many things wrong. For one, the writing was clunky and awkward to read. It pulled me out of the story since it never felt like how someone would actually talk. Next, the main character was, well, not the best. He didn't feel r ...more
Usually I don't mind unlikable characters, but the main character in this book is tough to handle. He is in his 50s, but acts like he's in his 20s. He's constantly making poor choices & blaming everyone else when ...more
The story is pretty straightforward as we're being introduced to John's demons from the very beginning; no time is wasted in setting up the context of John's past, but we are instead offered explanations along the way, which works for maintaining suspense. As such, the narration grips you to the very end, but I cannot help but feel that it was ...more
Also, there were numerous plot lines running here and they felt disjointed and messy. At one point, I literally put the book down to ask myself what was even happening here.
Right from the start, the reader is pulled into the story when a grisly murder had me asking questions and wanting answers! Everything we learn, we learn mainly from the protagonist – John Coleman, and I thought the narrative was great, even when I wasn ...more
John Coleman is at a bar when a waitress much to her dismay finds the body of a man they all call Oyster because of his bulbous eyes. While taking out the trash Karen finds Oyster naked and strewn across the plastic garbage bags in the dumpster. Minus a head, the torso spit down the middle, guts, lungs, and heart all scooped out. The dumpster had the smell of rancid meat. Oyster's body was mutilated and parts were miss ...more
The author does a nice job of unfolding John’s current state based on his past throughout the book. His ‘demons’ are introduced right up front and we learn more and more about why they have such a hold on him in life. But, no matter how hard I tried, I could not find an ounce of sympathy for him nor did I ever come to like ...more
Oyster's daughter Jenni ...more
Cleveland is a city with a plethora of brutal killers. More than one of them has never been found. One of them makes a comeback, targeting a down at the heels lawyer. It turns out the lawyer's father was a police detective charged with finding The Butcher, and failed, then committed suicide. An acquaintance of the lawyer's is killed in a gruesome fashion, and the victim's daughter hires him to settle the estate. The lawyer wants to get drunk and sleep aroun ...more
Let's jump in to what I did like and what I didn't like.
A disjointed list of things I liked:
-The unlikable main character. I really enjoy reading books, especially thrillers, where the main character is unlikeable. Definitely the case here.
-I couldn't put this book down. The pacing wasn't perfect, but it was enough to keep me picking it up constantly!
-No spoilers, but I love the serial killer situation. In a totally weird way.
A disjointed list of things I didn't lik ...more
This book started immediately with mystery. It was hard to put the book down because the mystery really had me hooked. There were so many different parts to the story, I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to all come together. There were so many ridiculous, but plausible twists and turns throughout the whole book. It was filled with action, mystery, and a great court case.
At first I wasn’t a fan of John, but I feel like the author did that on purpose so you could grow to actually like him. ...more
I really enjoyed this book! It starts out with a rather horrific murder (not a spoiler as it is in the blurb) and you get thrown in to the story - I was gripped and the fast pace continued right to the end. The characters in the book are great and I loved the suspense that the author manages to build up.
I do love a good thriller and this one was great - a really enjoyable read - 4 stars from me, some excellent books out in 2018 so far! ...more
*won in a giveaway on GoodReads* The overall story itself was actually really good but giving it 3 stars rather than 4 because of the weird way race was talked about and just i really hated the MC.
And what's even better? When there are two different killers, and another person who's arrested for the murder (who by the way, has not commited it).
And that's what happens in The Company of Demons. It's full of action, murders, encounter with serial killers, courtroom drama, a lot of bad and good characters, and a whole lot of goosebumps.
Overall, it was an exciting read, and I'm lo ...more
Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, Th ...more