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The Company of Demons

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  530 ratings  ·  268 reviews
2019 Best Book Award Winner in Mystery/Suspense
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
Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Michael Jordan Sorry for the delay in responding, Charles! A statement by the accused is ordinarily admissible. The accused may attempt to prove that the statement w…moreSorry for the delay in responding, Charles! A statement by the accused is ordinarily admissible. The accused may attempt to prove that the statement was not made, or may try to show that it was not made freely or voluntarily. The latter circumstance typically arises when an accused asserts that the police forced him or her to confess. Had Jennifer attempted to testify that a third party told her that Coleman had a violent past, that would have been hearsay. (less)

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Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, 2019
In the Company of Demons by Michael Jordan is a 2018 Greenleaf Press publication.

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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
3.5 intriguing stars to The Company of Demons! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

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
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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

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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
The Company of Demons is the debut novel of Michael Jordan. This book is well-written. The story begins in Cleveland, Ohio with the murder of John Coleman's friend. The murder is similar in style to the Torso Murderer (who actually existed).

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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 "kept me going through all its pages" stars

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
Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club-read
I read. “The Company of Demons” by Michael Jordan (not the basketball champion) for book club. We chose it because he lives in our town, and we are interested in supporting local authors.

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
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, thriller
This was an interesting debut by Attorney Michael Jordan. It alternates between fact and fiction; it's very cleverly done.
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
Susan Hampson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Torso Murderer had brutally killed twelve victims in the forties and evaded capture. The legend of him was etched into the mind of the residents and history of the town, so when the body, yes literally just the body, of a man was found behind a bar in a skip with all the rubbish, it instilled fear in everyone. The victim, Oyster, was a drinking buddy of Lawyer John Coleman who had been in the bar when his friend was discovered.
John Coleman isn’t the most likeable guy that you could meet, in
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DNF at pg. 54

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
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had many up and down feelings on The Company of Demons. There was a lot going on, and I enjoyed some parts, and didn't enjoy others. I wish there would have been more focus on just one of the plot lines. Because there were so many things going on, the story became confusing at times.

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
This is an entertaining read, with good enough writing to keep me reading it for two days straight, but with a few shortcomings that I couldn't overlook.

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
Dana (pagestoreadfl)
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I honestly could not finish this. I tried. Many times. I got to page 221 before I literally could not do it anymore. The lead character is 100% unlikable. For someone who makes horrible choices, in most aspects of life, he sure is spineless at times. He constantly makes bad choices and then acts like the martyr after.

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.

Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan from Bookish First for my honest Review. This book is a Thriller and I very much enjoyed it. It was a little slow moving but if you stick with it you will thoroughly enjoy it. This book is about a serial killer that is based on real historical elements. A lawyer, John Colemen is determined to find the serial killer because his friend is murdered by him. This book is a very dark and gruesome but very well written.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in Cleveland, the reader is met with a haunting past, a game of cat & mouse, fear, anger, a search for answers, relationships, betrayal, consequences, manipulation and the desire for justice. Buckle up, buttercups – this is one hell of a ride!

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
Barbara Senteney
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought I would like this book, but upon reading it, I found out I loved it.
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
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this thriller and read it in one sitting! Hard to believe it's a debut novel as it moves along with a breakneck pace and kept me turning pages into the night! Based on historical elements of a real serial killer, Jordan brings to life the protagonist and flawed character, John Coleman. a lawyer who is determined to find the killer when a friend is brutally murdered. Add an already-troubled marriage and a seductive woman who needs his help to the mix and the roller-coaster ride ...more
Chad Malkamaki
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is going to have spoilers and crap, I hated this so much I'm don't even care about formatting the review with the spoiler tag, so be aware. Oh, where do I start with this one...The concept seemed interesting when a friend passed on a reader copy of the book, set in Cleveland, a copy cat of the Torso Murders was scaring the town, debut novel by Michael Jordan (oh crap, my hero of my youth didn't suck in his tongue and start writing mystery novels, that'd at least explain the dismal play of t ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
There were times I decided to not finish this book. But, my commitment to read it after winning a copy in order to provide an honest review continued to help me trudge forward.

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
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-won
I won this in a first reads giveaway--I think it was a little too predictable and I could not stomach the main character who was a lousy husband and father IMO. However, the writing was good and the story flowed well. I think this book would be good for anyone who reads mystery's occasionally and would find the story more fresh then I did.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As small time lawyer John Coleman drinks in a bar, the owner finds part of a body in the dumpster out back. Hard to tell who it is with only a trunk missing its organs, but it turns out to be Oyster, a bar regular. Many years ago, the Torso Murderer disemboweled his victims and was never caught. More recently, The Butcher kills and mutilates the corpses. John's cop father couldn't solve the older crimes and he committed suicide, which has affected John for his entire life.

Oyster's daughter Jenni
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

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
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy a legal thriller. Give me a John Grisham or Michael Connelly novel and I am one happy camper! So, when I read the synopsis of The Company of Demons, the psychological legal thriller by Michael Jordan, I dove right in. Meeting a lawyer, John Coleman, who discovers the corpse of his friend behind their neighbourhood bar sending shockwaves through the city and bringing back painful memories of a killer who dismembered and taunted police decades earlier and vanished. As John tries to ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Michael Jordan’s debut, The Company of Demons, is an intriguing if somewhat confused book. The story concerns John Coleman, a pretty much washed up Chicago lawyer. After his friend “Oyster”’s body is found in the dumpster behind the bar that John, Oyster, and a multitude of friends frequented, John realizes that the Butcher, a serial killer who drove his cop father to suicide, has returned. When Oyster’s daughter Jennifer hires John to manage her father’s estate, the danger only increases for Jo ...more
Maja Lisa
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like disagreeable main characters; anyone who likes thrillers
Wow is this book hard to rate!

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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I was reading some of the other reviews and noticed the negative ones mainly complained about not liking the protagonist, John Coleman. He was kind of sleazy as far as chasing the ladies. Other than that, I can see how the author was wanting to present him. I know of some lawyers that fit this mold, no offense, not all are like this. And this is true for any career type. Coleman is like a tired and lazy salesman or lawyer type. I picture him in wrinkled clothes and an unkempt ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it

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.
Donna Maguire

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!

*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.
Ankita Singh
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Serial Killer mysteries are my favorite type of thrillers. I've said this again and again. And it still holds true.

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
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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

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