The Company of Demons

The Company of Demons

by Michael Jordan

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Overview

The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shockwaves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and then vanished--eluding even legendary crime fighter Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim's beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father's estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all.
But he cannot shake a growing sense of dread.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158576324
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 22,709
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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®. The Company of Demons is his first novel.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.

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The Company of Demons 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan is a wonderful blend of crime and mystery, a riveting story with sophisticated characters. Lawyer John Coleman is shocked, like everyone else, at the murder of his friend, a murder that is brutal and that looks like the handiwork of a serial killer who had cooled off over the years, the Torso Murderer. Hired by Jennifer, the dead man's daughter, to take care of the estate, John finds himself unwittingly developing romantic feelings for her. But this is just the beginning of trouble for him because he faces a ruthless biker gang, a cop with a questionable past, and the addict son of the dead man. Is the murderer watching his every step? There is just such a lot that this author does impeccably well. First, he opens the narrative with a dramatic moment, presenting the crime and introducing the protagonist. He captures the scene with descriptions that are terrific and detailed with forensic clarity and goes on to create a premise that implicates the protagonist and subtly links him to the murder. The suspected murderer is someone his detective father had failed to apprehend in the past and fact that the newspapers are talking about it leaves a moral obligation in his mind. The prose is unique and the narrative is awesome in the first person narrative voice. The imagery is vivid and this makes readers feel like they are also part of the plot. Michael Jordan is a great storyteller and he has the ability to keep the narrative emotionally intense and psychologically disturbing. The Company of Demons is a real page-turner.
moonquartz More than 1 year ago
An atmospheric, psycho thriller Jordan's Company of Demons is a remarkable debut effort. In the vein of serial killers the likes of the Ripper, Dexter to name a few, it proves a riveting read from start to its unusual end. His characters with their vulnerabilities are real and his lucid portrayal makes them believable. Writing with confidence, insight and poise, he handles the different scenarios with balance. The psychosis, mystery, violence, heat, passion and secrets that will more than satisfy ones macabre cravings are coupled with a taut, twisty plot that keeps one guessing until the very end. The casual ease with which Jordan paints his canvas in a small town displays a professional astuteness akin to those of well-established authors in the genre. True this genres writers use similar tropes yet one is pulled in quietly absorbed by the characters and plot. Scathed by his childhood experience with the Torso murderer Coleman hid the aftermath of its debilitating effects. Not even his closest ally who constantly worried about his well-being could possibly guess the scope of its impact. Beneath his bravado, he is driven by his inner demons. He unwittingly falls prey to the cat and mouse game that unfolds following the current murder. Unaware of his torment his actions are misunderstood and unappreciated by his family and friends. Unlike many debutant writers, Jordan eludes the trap of being side tracked by too many sub plots. A standalone and HEA, there's plenty of scope for a sequel should the writer be persuaded
bookscoffeeandrepeat More than 1 year ago
NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING. With unlikeable characters and gruesome images (metaphorically speaking), this novel is probably not for everybody. Fortunately, the descriptions weren't over the top. To me, the novel has the right amount of description to keep the reader engaged and able to visualize the setting or the plot in the story. Basically, "The Company of Demons" is a good thriller based on an actual serial killer which is pretty crazy (if one thinks about it)! I think I'd probably prefer to read this novel in 3rd person point of view. Even if this was the case, the author did a pretty good job in writing 1st person. It had the right kind of voice for the age of the protagonist. Besides this, I thought this book showed so much promise. It has the potential of becoming someone's favorite suspense story.
DDJTJ More than 1 year ago
THE COMPANY OF DEMONS BY MICHAEL JORDAN is thriller at its best! If you want a page turner, a forget to breath while reading book, this one's for you! I found myself reading as fast as I could just to find out what's next! But truth be told, it is a bit graphic in detail so if you aren't into the gory books you may not like this one. John Coleman is a lawyer. He is also the son of the cop that chased and failed to catch the Torso Murderer. When the murders start up again John is in the middle due to the fact that one of the victims is a good friend of his. THE COMPANY OF DEMONS is a legal thriller/serial killer thriller mystery. The characters are sound and the plot keeps you wanting to flip the pages until the very heartstopping moment the book is done! This novel is the author's debut novel & he hit it out of the ballpark with THE COMPANY OF DEMONS!
TheBookLife More than 1 year ago
This book was just alright for me. The mystery of the butcher got a little lost in the middle of the book, I was disappointed to see that it really only took the spotlight a couple of times in the book despite all the foreshadowing in the beginning. The main character John Coleman, was my least favorite. I understand characters make some stupid decisions, but COMON this was just ridiculous! I have a killer after my daughter so I'm going to leave her alone to get coffee, gee I wonder what will happen... Stupid decisions including infidelity which John loves to remember even during the worst possible times. He says he's sorry a lot through the book and yet I never feel any real emotion behind that statement. Maybe because after he says he's sorry, he thinks about his black lawyer's breasts. Yes, the race card is so generously played through the book. Come to think of it, women aren't so spoke of highly either. Was I supposed to feel any compassion for John? I did feel for Molly, the poor daughter caught up in all the mess. The twist with Oyster and his children was mystery enough to keep the book going. All in all, just okay.
xokristim More than 1 year ago
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. I thought the side characters were nice additions to the story, and how everything came together. I liked questioning everyone’s motives and wonder who was good and who wasn’t. I enjoyed that this book had very concise chapters, and would recommend to to fans of James Patterson’s books. If you like non stop action and mystery this would definitely be a book for you. It kept me on my toes the whole time, and that’s definitely what I love in a thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I suppose I was looking forward to reading it after reading the excerpt provided. I guess I thought it would be a different story. I found myself incapable of really caring for any of the characters so the story kind of dragged for me. It did have some interesting aspects to it that I did like but most of it was just boring. It was just okay for. The writing style wasn't bad but the main character just came off a contrived and rather pathetic. I might read another book from this author though. I did like some aspects of the plot but I wish the antagonist of this book was more interesting than this. I wish I could've liked this one better, but it just wasn't my particular cup of tea. Thank you BookishFirst for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I suppose I was looking forward to reading it after reading the excerpt provided. I guess I thought it would be a different story. I found myself incapable of really caring for any of the characters so the story kind of dragged for me. It did have some interesting aspects to it that I did like but most of it was just boring. It was just okay for. The writing style wasn't bad but the main character just came off a contrived and rather pathetic. I might read another book from this author though. I did like some aspects of the plot but I wish the antagonist of this book was more interesting than this. I wish I could've liked this one better, but it just wasn't my particular cup of tea. Thank you BookishFirst for this book.
Karla Branson More than 1 year ago
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 liked it well enough. Thrillers without a fantasy element are not usually my thing, but this was good. It's a slow burn, but if you stick with it I think you will enjoy it. Main character John, is determined to find the killer who murdered his friend - but things aren't so cut and dry. The narration of the story is good - but sometimes I wish there was just a slight bit more. It's hard to explain. That being said you are immersed in the main character from the very start and become invested in seeing the outcome. This is a good book to read and rainy day with a cup of coffee!
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
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 appearance. He’s lived through his father trying to catch a serial killer when he was a cop. He’s had kids pick on him. And as a kid, he found his dad’s body after he shot himself. This would really mess with anyone. His wife isn’t the most pleasant. I understand why but she also doesn’t make any attempts to better their marriage in certain ways. Everyone just seems cold. Except for his daughter, Molly. I feel like Coleman is just trying to get by with doing as little as possible as a lawyer. He just wants to be comfortable. I really liked his secretary. There were some twists and lots of suspense. I feel like if you like thrillers and you except John for who he is and his role then you will love this book.
judgie39 More than 1 year ago
The debut novel, The Company of Demons, by Michael Jordan is a fast- paced thriller that does not disappoint. The book begins with attorney John Coleman finding his friend, Oyster, brutally murdered in an alley behind a local bar. The murder is reminiscent of the Butcher, a serial killer that plagued Coleman's police officer father and was the reason his father committed suicide when John was a teenager. Now it appears the Butcher is back. After the murder, Jennifer hires John to handle her father's estate and John gets tied up in the family drama (drug addicted brother, murdered father, dead sister), while his marriage and family fall apart, and the Butcher collects bodies. The Company of Demons is a page-turner filled with twist and turns until the very last page
WhereTheBookmarkEnds More than 1 year ago
Whew! This was such an exciting read and took my breath away in quite a few places! This book follows lawyer John Coleman, married and a father, and the events that happen after his acquaintance gets murdered. The murder itself is reminiscent of a series of murders that happened when John was growing up and it had dire consequences back then. The killer was never caught and now appears to be back. John agrees to help the deceased's daughter settle his estate, but all families have issues and this one is no different. The deceased had two remaining living children, and they don't quite get along very well. He also feels really drawn to Jennifer, and she is definitely not his wife. There is a lot more to this book but I don't want to spoil any of the twists that take place. If you like suspense books, then this is one that is certainly going to make you happy.
BookCoholic More than 1 year ago
Crazy Serial Killer John Coleman is one of the most messed up, pathetic main characters I've read about in awhile. It is extremely difficult to care what happens to John when he makes selfish, stupid decisions pretty much every time he blinks his eyes. So, yes, I loathed the main character, but fortunately there were other interesting people in John's life. I even liked a few of them, most specifically John's daughter and his retired friend from the police force. Even the retired police officer had some egregious flaws, but at least he showed some emotional development. Enough about the hate of John Coleman. The Company of Demons was fast paced, and it includes some crazy serial killer action. Searching through a book for clues and attempting to solve the mystery is what captivates me, and Michael Jordan delivered a good mystery. Thanks to netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.