“Age is a funny thing. People tend to think it can be measured only by time, but events crowd days into weeks, weeks into months, and months into new years.”
I enjoyed the Devil's Advocate movie well enough (Pacino is an acting perfection) and I used to read Andrew Neiderman novels as a brooding teenager, so when I saw the 2-1 deal offered at Amazon to not only get the original, but the prequel, I was so in.
At first glance, the writing felt a little awkward and stilted. The opening read like a typical cheesy opening would. It didn't endear me to the book for awhile, but when I finally got through the pacing and accepted the writing style, the story picked up and improved.
The story isn't fully complex, and it still always reads cheesy a bit (what devil doesn't doesn't?). There isn't much creepy or that interesting about backdoor maneuvers to take over a law firm. There aren't any twists and not many surprises either - when deaths happen, it's kind of expected, and no one I was attached to or could give a hoots about anyway.
Characters walked around in stereotypical clothing, but even so, it holds a small charm that cheesy horror books do. By cheese I mean such things as big plot holes and characters that seem to be in the story just to play types - like the detective who used to want to be in seminary and who can supernaturally spot evil somehow. Despite being a plot prop, detective Matthews was probably the best character.
Even if you know it's not award-winning fiction, it can still be a book that's hard to put down. It's like Neiderman struggled to find his footing a bit, but once he did, it was a smooth going walk and the rest of the world just faded away while I sunk into the story.