The name's John Taylor. I'm a PI, though what I really do is find things that are lost. I work the Nightside, the city within the city of London, where the sun never rises and where the human and inhuman go to get their kicks, provided they're willing to pay the price in whatever currency the seller demands. In the wake of the war that almost brought the Nightside to total ruin, there's a power vacuum begging to be filled - and some think I should take charge. I don't agree. Neither does the immortal known as Griffin. Wealthy beyond reason, he has his own ideas about who should be running things. Still, when his granddaughter - and designated heir - is kidnapped, he calls on me to find her. But someone - or some Thing - is blocking my special gift. So this time, I'm going to have to do my job the hard way. And quickly, or the Griffin will have to choose a new heir...More
"This is an absolutely fantastic and compulsively readable entry in Green's long-running Nightside series. Witty banter, a well-constructed plot and compelling characters combines to make this one hell of a read." (Romantic Times)
"Green is a demented and disturbed genius, and I mean that in the nicest way! If I ever need help, I want to call on John Taylor." (Crimespree Magazine)
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Fun story, suspect reading
- The Dreaded Drutt
Hell to listen
Yes I would but with reservations
The story was overly simplistic, the main character wooden and incredibly dense when it came to clues and the story line slightly disjointed as it moved staggered from one scene to the other.
The Nightside series is supposedly set in a London (Soho) inspired parallel city and yet Vietor's understanding of English pronunciation ranges from the slightly odd to the downright bizarre and in some cases, is not consistent. The plummy bad villain accent Vietor uses for the main protagonist John Taylor means that any other villain or powerful antagonist ends up sounding like a Mary Poppins sidekick.
Mild irritation followed by disappointment due to the thinness of plot, characterisation and detail for the environment that John Taylor works in.
I wouldn't say this was enough to stop me from purchasing any more from this series but if the next one is as poor as this one then that's it - I will move on to a different author.