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The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside #12)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,373 ratings  ·  217 reviews
John Taylor is marrying the love of his life, Suzie Shooter, the Nightside’s most fearsome bounty hunter. But before he can walk down the aisle he has one more case to solve as a private eye — a case that has him on the run from friends and enemies both, with his bride-to-be looking to collect the bounty on his head...
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Ace (first published January 1st 2012)
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Talk books with me, and within moments, Simon R. Green will come out of my mouth--namely his Nightside series. Part noir, part satire, part snark driven plot I fell quickly in love with the series and sometimes protagonist John Taylor. Taylor is a PI who has a 'gift'--the ability to find anything, anywhere. It's more badass than it sounds. Throughout the series he goes against all sorts of baddies, and creatures of myth and horror, all the while maintaining a snappy dialogue that would make any ...more
David Caldwell
This book made me sad because it is John Taylor's last case as a private investigator.But then I quit being sad when it it also was his first case as Walker.

His last case as a P.I.has him investigating the death of The King of Skin at the Immortals Ball.Who can kill an immortal in front of a roomful of witnesses and no one see anything?

His first case as walker has John teaming up with Julien Advent, the Victorian Adventurer when the ghost of the Hawk and Wind Bar disappears.Who is the mysterious
DeLace Munger
So, here's the deal. I love Simon R. Green. His stuff can start to feel a bit formulaic at times and there's a bit more repetition than I'd like (I know this book mentioned ambulances that run on distilled suffering at least twice, possibly three times. I get it. It's a creepy/intriguing/Nightside kinda thing. Let's focus on other types of vehicles now) BUT Green is absolutely incredible at pulling me into his stories and wanting to know more about almost any character he introduces. They always ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Like most of the Nightside books, this one starts off with a smaller case which then segues into another, larger case. In this book, though, the smaller case is John's last case as a PI, and the big one is his first as Walker - and it is something of a doozy.

It's also, for those who don't know, the last book in the series. At least the last staring John Taylor. It's a pretty decent entry, though not my favorite. I was kinda hoping for a bit more of a bang, but ah well.

As with many finales, we ge
Thus ends the story of animeside a.k.a nightside with the power of love (no pun intended)

opening with a side quest (short story) as usual, and ends with all hell breaking loose, (Boss Battle) again, as usual.
this is one of the good books in the series, unfortunately with a hasty weak ending which is the Achilles hill of all Green's books I read so far.

if you read all 11 volume prior to this, sure why not, go ahead and grab it. or you could just easily skip it, it's just another nightside story
I'm sort of feeling a love-hate relationship with this entry in Green's Nightside series. As always, I love John Taylor and his weird and wicked world. But this time felt...somehow less. Perhaps it's due to John's new role as Walker, although I couldn't really tell much difference from "old" John to "new" John. He might be a bit more reserved in his reactions to people, a bit less violent in how he handles them, but I don't think that was it. I just couldn't quite put my finger on it...

Perhaps t
OK, So I'm still hooked on this series. Though I wanted to be listening to the Beatles through most of this book, what happens when the Nightside takes a trip back to the 60's and the Summer of Love and not just through the Hawk Wind Bar and Grill. Ok not really but there is a good number of allusions to the '60's and running around with Julian Advent (seeing some of the downfalls of his life as well).

The backdrop for this whole thing, is John and Suzie are finally getting married (this is book
Bill Rogers
When John Taylor, the Private Investigator with a supernatural ability to find things, decides to marry Shotgun Suzie, he goes out for one last bachelor fling on the night before. That's traditional. Having to save the World (yet again) and have all your friends trying to kill you because you're suddenly and unexpectedly a murderer is not quite so traditional. Except, perhaps, here. Business as usual in the Nightside, as they say.

This book was a lot of fun. I thought a few things ended a bit too
The Flooze
Warning: This book mentions spoilers for the Drood series. I was most unhappy.

The final book of the series and I find myself strangely unsatisfied. Partly because it took quite some time for the main story to start in earnest.

While many elements of the plot were engaging, it was still a helter-skelter thing. I expected better of John Taylor's send-off than yet another trumped up entity intent on possessing the Nightside. And I certainly expected better than the initial locked room murders
Krista D.
After the huge disappointment of the previous book, we get to the finale. I really enjoyed it. It was one of the few times with the series that I stayed up to try finishing the book.

I was expecting a big showdown for the final book. That didn't happen, though I suppose every other book threatened the end of the Nightside; I was rather used to those stakes by now.

All of the usual suspects were in this one, though I was disappointed that a book with Suzie on the cover didn't actually have Suzie in
A really awesome instalment to the Nightside series, while its been a bit of a rocky ride through this series, this book draws on all that's best of Simon R Greens weird anti-hero filled world that is the Nightside. With friends and enemies alike after him John Taylors last case as a private eye and the run up to his wedding couldn't be more action filled. While not wanting to spoil the plot, Simon R Green gives us an insight into things that we only hoped to see earlier in the series such as ma ...more
Ea Solinas
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#12, final book in The Nightside series - Urban Fantasy

Superb, an excellent wrap up to this uber-Urban Fantasy series. I'm sad to see the series end, but the author's finale was awesome.

If I had to choose one series as my #1 Favorite Series of all time, in any genre, The Nightside would win.

Every book is roller-coaster fast and crazy, with PI John Taylor investigating the bizarre going's in not only in The Nightside, but in occasional rips and tears between time, dodging villians and evil creat
Sylvia McIvers
I read other books by Simon R. Green before, and they run between pretty good and lousy. The closer they are to King Arthur alternate-futures, the better they seem to be, and the stories which are Arthur/Guinevere/Mordred In Space tend to be pretty bad.

On the other hand, the title and the cover seemed to imply a great story, so I thought I'd give it a try.

The story opens with John Taylor looking for something to do, since I read other books by Simon R. Green before, and they run between pretty g
Shayan Kh
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Pre-review: What the hell? This person and that person are getting married!????

Thoughts after reading:

Nightside series is a lot of fun, it has a lot of mayhem, action, witty sense of humor and vividly written characters, the last book of the series offers us more or less the same supernatural cocktail, and I suspected the author, Simon R. Green has always been using this series to make a satire out of the old schooled hard-boiled genre, and it's more than fine with me. 3.5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book. If you haven't read the series yet, I highly recommend starting at the beginning.

Our man John Taylor is on the cusp of his wedding. He asks his secretary Cathy to find one more private investigator job for him to do, something that can be finished in one night. What is supposed to be a straightforward "find this" job, leads to the King of Skin's murder, a mysterious message "...let the sun shine in.", and a horrible misunderstanding that has Taylor running for his li
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The Bride Wore Black Leather starts off with John Taylor walking along Nightside’s streets on the way to his office, a place he rarely goes. At first I thought that Simon R. Green was taking his time because this is the reportedly the final NIGHTSIDE novel. As the chapter progressed, though, I realized that John Taylor the character was saying farewell, as he leaves behind one aspect of his life and moves into unfamiliar ones, first as Nightside’s new Walker, or agent of the shadowy Authorities ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside, #12), Simon R. Green (1955)
عنوان: نایت ساید جلد دوازدهم: عروس سیاهپوش؛ نویسنده: سیمون آر. گرین؛ مترجم: زهره حق بین؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ویدا، چاپ نخست 1391، در 244 ص، اندازه 14 در 21 س.م، فروست: مجموعه نایت ساید، شابک جلد 12: 9789646807914؛ شابک دوره: 9789646807914؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Simon, Simon, Simon...what am I gonna say about this? It's the last book of the Nightside (which I truly didn't realize, btw) and like its predecessor, I couldn't really find my way in. I don't know what happened in the last two books but they're clearly not as good as the rest of the series and it's a shame because the Nightside was one of my favourite universes.

Yet still, for a last installment, it had its cool moments and its action and its wrap-ups. I was fairly put out by the Julien thing
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Rosalind M
3.5 stars. Not fun for me this time. Too much repetition, too much hyperbole, and too close to a Deus ex Machina ending.
I really don't know where to begin, what to actually say or even think. First off I have loved this series. Not a single book have I been disappointed in. That's until this one. John Taylor is back for one last case before getting married and taking on a new job as Walker of the Nightside. A place forever left on darkness where any form of debauchery can be found. A place where any type of mythical creature or being reside including gods and other immortal beings. Plus you have time shifts perio ...more
Although I liked this series, I'm glad that it is at an end. I got weary of the way this author writes and they way he's constructed this world. The last entry into the series was particularly lackluster, the intro murder mystery scene was completely boring and of course there is plenty of random events that happened at the perfect time. Its one thing when a character gets a bit of luck, i get that, but its another when this becomes a plot escape for the author. That's what has always bothered m ...more
While all of Green's series are worth the read I find that the dark quirky nature of the Nightside novels and his colourful characters including the dead, misplaced gods, immortals, tabloid reporters and psychopaths the best of his work despite the tendency to milk a gimmick, a stereotype or an attempt at snark or levity long past its best before date.

Sadly like watching a comic who relies on the same material too long I found the Bride Wore Black Leather enjoyable but far less than when the Ni
The Bride Wore Black Leather is the twelfth book in the Nightside series by Simon R Green and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

In the secret heart of London, under the cover of endless darkness, the Nightside caters to anyone with any unusual itch that needs to be scratched. But enter at your own risk. The party animals who live here may be as inhuman as their appetites...

My name is John Taylor. The Nightside is my home. I didn't plan it that way. In fact, I once tried to get away. But I came back. An
Raquel Vega-Grieder
I want to start off by saying I had no idea when I started reading this book that it was number 12 in an existing series. When I started reading it there were really great aspects of this story but at times I really was so confused by certain things and wanted to give up reading it. With that being said, I do have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It was like nothing I had ever read before and it kept me coming back to it time and time again. There were some really original ideas and chara ...more
Stina Zombean
*****Slightly spoilery******

This was the last installment in the Nightside series and I'm not even sure I have words to do it justice.

I've heard complaints that the series started going downhill after the Lillith wars, and to be fair, there were some tangents and repetition there. This book brought it all back though, made everything worth it, and wrapped up the series in a way that maybe I can live with (although I'd secretly love it if SRG would pick the series up again in the future, potenti
Ryan Vaughan
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Just when you think John Taylor cannot possibly get in any more trouble in the Nightside, you discover he can if he goes looking for it. On the eve of his nuptials to the love of his life Suzie Shooter, who I might remind you once shot him in the back to "get his attention", John Taylor decides to take on one more case as a Private Eye before becoming the Nightside's next Walker (or "The Man" as Taylor irreverently refers to the role of the Voice of the Authorities). Taylor begins his quest for ...more
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

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