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The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside #12)

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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
Feb 10, 2013 David Caldwell rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2013 DeLace Munger rated it it was amazing
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 convivial curmudgeon
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
Nov 08, 2014 Farhad rated it liked it
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
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.
Jun 02, 2012 Traci rated it liked it
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
Feb 03, 2012 Betty rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2013 Bill Rogers rated it really liked it
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
Jun 21, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
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
Krista D.
Jan 12, 2014 Krista D. rated it really liked it
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
Aug 27, 2016 Erick rated it really liked it
This book actually felt like the series was done at the beginning of the book. Although John apparently stretches his gift farther than he ever has before and he's fighting an epic god of an opponent, I just didn't feel the scale and epic power that I was expecting. It was good overall, but there was a certain punch that was lacking and left this book feeling a little more like denouement than climactic finish.
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
Angela Verdenius
Jul 03, 2016 Angela Verdenius rated it it was amazing
The ending of this wonderful series was awesome. I was starting to wonder how Taylor was ever going to get out of this huge problem, but he did! I'm going to miss the Nightside, it's a great place to be. Wonderful ending to a great series.
Rosalind M
Jan 15, 2012 Rosalind M rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars. Not fun for me this time. Too much repetition, too much hyperbole, and too close to a Deus ex Machina ending.
Kathy Davie
Mar 06, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Twelfth in the Nightside urban fantasy series set in "a business empire of sin and corruption, wonders and very reasonable prices".

Put on your seat belt and get out your barf bag, you're entering the Nightside where
"you can find the baddest clubs and the maddest music, parties that will never end as long as someone's got cash in their pocket or credit on their cards…[where] temptation winks from every street-corner, and there's always a quiet back room where you can sell your soul.
Jan 29, 2012 Karissa rated it really liked it
This was the 12th and final book in the Nightside series. It was a great end to the series; a lot of favorite characters are in the story and John Taylor faces a challenge tougher than any he has faced before.

John wants to do one last case as a PI before he settles down in his position as the new Walker and ties the knot with Shotgun Suzie. When an anonymous tip about an Immortality Serum shows up on his desk he decides to crash the Immortality Ball to try and figure out what's going on. This dr
Ea Solinas
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Isabel (kittiwake)
Jun 13, 2013 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it it was amazing
“I know you,” said the Sun King, smiling. “John Taylor. The good man in a bad world. The cold knight in tarnished armour, doing good in dangerous ways."

Heading to his office, John Taylor sees the first hint of a new threat to the Nightside, a graffiti message saying "Let the Sunshine in". Now that he is the new Walker, he has decided to stop working as a private investigator, and asks his assistant Cathy to close down his office (and arrange for a door to attend his wedding!). After one last cas
Jane Mercer
Sep 18, 2016 Jane Mercer rated it really liked it
The last of the .Nightside novels :-(
Very enjoyable.
John Taylor is now Walker, the policeman of the Nightside and he decides to do one last case before his marriage to Shotgun Suzie, the bride of the title and has very little to do with the story actually.
He attends the Immortals Ball at the request of a client and kills one of them after unmasking another killer, the ball is attended by characters met in other books and as usual has references to other parts of John's tale
(So it helps if you'
Raquel Vega-Grieder
Feb 02, 2012 Raquel Vega-Grieder rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 28, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2014 Winterking rated it liked it
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
Feb 19, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
It's hard to believe that we've come to the end. As everyone knows, all things must end, but you never want them to. That's the case with the Nightside. After nearly 10 years, Simon R. Green's macabre and enticing Nightside novels are finally coming to a close with The Bride Wore Black Leather.

I've had a complicated relationship with the Nightside novels over the years. I was first drawn to the third book in the series, Nightingale's Lament, due to the gorgeous and mesmerizing cover. Soon after
Oct 14, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
How to sum up the finale of the Nightside series. In a word, "Satisfying" would have to cover it.

The book's title references the wedding of Suzie Shooter and John Taylor as set up in the preceding book. However, the overall theme of the book evaluates who John Taylor has become over the course of the twelve books in the series, and how is relationships have evolved. Simon R. Green delivers on that by revisiting key locales from some of the earlier books, but also by bringing back key characters
Feb 26, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Mark Drew
I've always been a big fan of Simon R. Green and his Nightside books. I've read each entry in the series and always enjoyed them immensely. However, this may be the weakest link in the Taylor chronicles.

The books were always based on the basic Pulp premise of crisis, run here, run there, resolve the situation while finally destroying (or thwarting)the villain and than move onto the next threat of all encompassing oblivion for Taylor and crew. This book does all that too, but it also has hundreds
*****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
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