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Nightingale's Lament (Nightside #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  9,612 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
In the Nightside, the hidden heart of London where it's always 3 AM, Detective John Taylor must find an elusive singer known as The Nightingale. Her silken voice has inexplicably lured many a fan to suicide--and Taylor is determined to stop her, before the whole neighborhood falls under her trance. But to catch the swift-winged Nightingale, he'll have to hear the deadly mu ...more
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Published April 27th 2004 by Ace
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Dan Schwent
While in hiding for causing blackouts all over the Nightside, John Taylor gets hired to find out why fans of a singer called the Nightingale are killing themselves. Taylor hooks up with Dead Boy, an undead youth eternally 17 years old and the trail takes them up against Mrs. and Mr. Cavendish, the Nightingale's managers. What sinister secret is at the heart of Nightingale's strange behavior, as well as that of her suicidal fans?

Simon Green is one sick bastard. I mean that in the best way possibl
Aug 12, 2016 AmirHosein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این رو بیشتر دوست داشتم..
از همه مورد توجه تر انتخاب شخصیت نویسنده است که داستان را جالب می کند
امتیاز واقعی سه و نیم هست..
Oct 12, 2009 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
The Nightside stories are so hard boiled it’s hard to put in perspective, but I’m going to try anyway. If you took Dashiell Hammett’s corpse rolled it in batter then deep fried it till black, you would have a pretty good approximation of what Simon R. Green is going for. Nightingale’s Lament is the third book in the Nightside series, and follows the same mold the previous books do. The story is basically another case file for John Tayler. He’s been tasked to discover the the cause behind the mys ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Ever heard the phrase, "Killer Voice?" Well, Rossignol (translates to Nightingale in French) is a girl in the Nightside who literally does. Her voice has the power to drive people to kill themselves. It didn't used to be that way, but something changed, made her sad, so all she can do is sing dreary songs (think Depeche Mode at their most downer moments). John Taylor has been asked to find her since she disappeared. That's where this journey begins. This is a dark journey, even for Taylor. There ...more
Jan 13, 2010 JK rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know why I keep reading these books... the man just has no sense of subtlety whatsoever. I'm pretty sure the only thing keeping me reading these is to see what new ideas Green can come up with, I will give him that, the man has a fascinating imagination. If he could just harness some of Jim Butcher's ability to tell a story and make you feel for the characters, Nightside would rival The Dresden Files.

The stories thus far just come and go far too quickly, things just seem to hap
Aug 23, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, I can never get bored reading about John Taylor and his cases.
Ever listened to a song so sad it makes you want to commit suicide? Well this is what John Taylor is up against in the 3rd installment of The Nightside. A worried father sets John on the trail of Rossignol, a singer just about to get her big break. But the songs she sings are causing a mass of suicides. Are people of the Nightside that easily led or is something more sinister occurring.

This book has all the humor and character of the previous two. We meet some new characters as well that will st
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is book #3 in the Nightside/John Taylor series; The other two are Something From the Nightside and Agents of Light and Darkness. If you want a good escape read, this is it. I absolutely love this series...a kind of a cross between horror, sci-fi, and crime noir. Give it a try.

The Nightside is now home to John Taylor, who previously lived in the Nightside, left it to work in the outside world and has now returned. He has many enemies, but he also has some amazing powers which tends to keep h
Mike (the Paladin)
This was my introduction to the Nightside and I plan to read more(as a matter of fact i've already made a trip to my favorite used book store and picked up several). I like some Urban Fantasy (for example the Dresden books are some of my favorite novels) and these are starting out great. Nightside, a dark city within the city of London is a place you wouldn't want to get caught, but the stories are enthralling.

No spoilers here, but our hero in this volume sets out to investigate an insidious nig
Ahmad Sharabiani
Nightingale's Lament (Nightside, #3), Simon R. Green (1955)
عنوان: نایت ساید جلد سوم: سوگ بلبل؛ نویسنده: سیمون آر. گرین؛ مترجم: علی مصلح حیدرزاده؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ویدا، چاپ نخست 1390، در 186 ص، اندازه 14 در 21 س.م، فروست: مجموعه نایت ساید، شابک جلد 3: 9789646807785؛ شابک دوره: 9789646807914؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 21 م
Dec 30, 2010 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Nightside series by Simon Green. It was an excellent and very creative story.

John Taylor is contacted by Charles Chabron to find out the whereabouts of his daughter Rossingol. Rossingol came to the Nightside to hit it big as a singer. She has signed up with some new managers, the Cavendishes, and is selling out all of her shows. Her success is coming with a strange side effect; after hearing her sing many of her fans commit suicide. As Taylor struggles to figure out
Another "meh" outing in the Nightside. This one was less overtly repetitive than Agents of Light and Darkness, and the "plot twists" were SLIGHTLY less telegraphed - it still became obvious who the baddies really were quite early on, but it took longer to figure out the client and the actual mode of Supernatural Badness that was going on. Still, the plot was tenuous - it mandated the comic-book-style "villains explain themselves" at the end, and even that felt utterly forced - and the prose was ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, fiction
Green's Nightside is all the wonders and horrors of this world, and many others, available in one place, making shopping easy - if you can afford the price.
Told from the first person perspective of John Taylor, a "refugee" of the Nightside recently returned from five years living in the mundane London Proper, this series offers a unique take on many ideas.
While it follows the noir trope of a private investigator down on his luck, who often takes cases for reasons other than cash, the book also
جان تیلور این بار توسط فردی برای مراقبت از خواننده ای جوان استخدام میشه ک شایعه ای برایش پخش شده مبنی بر اینکه حین خواندن اون مردم خودکشی میکنن.
اون دخترک رو نجات میده با کمک پسرمرده و میفهمه ک اون دختر در واقع ب نوع خاصی مرده . پس از اینکه از جان خودش استفاده میکنه و همراه پسر مرده ب دنیای پس از مرگ میره اون رو نجات میده .
و در آخر میفهمه کسی ک اونو استخدام کرده پدر دخترک ، خودش نیز مرده ست .
Mar 17, 2014 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban-Fantasy
Recommended to Robby by: Goodreads Fans
Read out of order by accident. This proved to not be a problem in that the storyline was rapid and engrossing from the start. So I decided to continue and glad I did. There was just a couple of inferences to incidents that I'm sure will be clarified in "Agents of Light and Darkness". This particular adventure takes John Taylor on a dark journey of the "Nightside" into an otherworldly noir state. Well, being new to this series and the series in and of itself having been around now for some time I ...more
NIGHTINGALE'S LAMENT (Fantasy/Detective) – VG
Simon R. Green – 3rd in series
Ace Fantasy, 2004 – Paperback
John Taylor has been hired to find a local diva who has cut herself off from her family. While her voice is gaining fame, it is also causing those who hear her to commit suicide.
*** Taylor's world is not a place one would ever want to visit: a part of London called Nightside where it is always 3 a.m. But, except for the monsters, has the feel and elements of a classic detective novel. If you e
Aisha Mahmoud
Aug 12, 2009 Aisha Mahmoud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This one is actually better than the first. Keeping you on the edge and eager to read more. I've been eagerly reading at any moment I can to find out what happens next. The ending had a surprisingly but interesting twist. Better written and you finally get to experience a lot more of the horrors of the Nightside than just hear people babbling on about how horrible the Nightside is. John Taylor has finally stopped giving too many long, unending, out of the blue talks on how horrible the Nightside ...more
Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
I discovered this book in a second hand store and it was a fortuitous find. It combines all the things we liked about the gritty, man about town, poor but honest detective stories from the 60'S - 80's with a fresh modern style of writing and a healthy dose of the supernatural, which is so completely the flavour of the day for many fiction readers.

Our hero and first person narrator is John Taylor of slightly supernatural (though shrouded in secrecy) origin.
His 'talent' is finding things, though h
Aug 09, 2014 Avardsin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I have read 3 books (so far). I have given these books a chance. I haven't wrote a review for other two books as I was waiting for something to make myself get immersed into the story.

Reading the books one after another is almost unbearable. The creativity and ideas behind Nightshade are good, that is why i would gave two to three stars overall for first three books. I rated the first book four and at the time whil
Keith Ross
Baskin Robbins Sample Spoon

See that? That spoon is what Simon R. Green uses to dish out his Nightside series. He hands you tasty concepts in tiny sample sizes. He bounces from event to event at a furious pace with only the barest scratch on the surface. It's rather bizarre because everything in The Nightside is so cranked to 11 that you quickly become numb to entire swaths of the world just being destroyed by all-powerful otherworldly beings. And the main character, John Taylor, is, on the one hand, so ridiculously powerf
Christina M Condy
This is book 3 from the Nightside Series. And I am enjoying the series so far, the only complaint I have is that John Taylor has the subtlety of a bull in a china shop, and I am so sick of seeing the phrase "in the Nightside"

Every one of these books is a mystery. Well of course they are since John Taylor is a Private Eye who can "FIND" anything. In this book we deal with a few issues, the first is the power plant. I won't go into details but that one was totally unexpected. And the second is abo
The Flooze
John Taylor is back, and with him comes the delightfully macabre, the grotesquely interesting world of the Nightside. Hired to inquire after the welfare of the Nightside's newest singing sensation, John must face ever-more malicious forces in his attempt to do right by his client. The story is a tangled mess of terror, mixed with well-placed humour. The Nightside may not be a place I'd want to live, but I'm loving visiting there again and again.
May 07, 2014 Kiwie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
- Seeing more of Nightside (honestly the best thing about these books is the place).-
- The creatures and gifts we run into (although I'm getting a little tired of the "got their powers in a deal best not talked about/a place best not thought about" etc explanations for people who became more than they were).
- Dead Boy, sounds like a really tame/silly superhero, and kind of is. He was interesting.
- I really liked how the newspaperman just went "well I got on with my life rather than get stu
I continue liking this series. The writing isn't great, with lots of unnecessarily wordy descriptions of the setting and strange characters just for the heck of it. But the lead, John Taylor, is an amiable hero, complex enough to keep things interesting. The pace was fast and easy and the story peaked my curiosity and kept me engaged. The foreshadowing made me look forward to the next book in the series.
Jo Pussinabox
Feb 03, 2016 Jo Pussinabox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another brilliant story in the series.
Monica Perez
May 21, 2016 Monica Perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 10, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Book number three in the Nightside series, and just as interesting and entertaining as the previous. The author is definitely starting to hit his stride and many of my complaints with the first book (Something from the Nightside) have been resolved.

John Talyor, in the process of avoiding the Authorities for a tiny little mishap at the power plant, agrees to look in on a new local singing sensation whose voice, it's rumored, drives people to kill themselves. Her Father just wants to know Rossign
Jul 24, 2014 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2014
So I dive back into Nightside...the underworld city where anything is possible, where houses can eat you, cars can possibly be not cars at all and actually some large predator in disguise, and where detective John Taylor can use his magical Sight to find anything that's lost. I read the first 2 books in the series about two years ago then true to form, got distracted by a million other books before just now getting back into it. This one was an entertaining romp about a singer whose voice has be ...more
Apr 12, 2016 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My reviews on this series are going to be incredibly repetitive, because they books themselves are pretty repetitive. Green apparently does a "cut and paste" when writing his character descriptions, though his series is not quite as bad as his "Hawk and Fisher" series in that department. That tendency automatically gets this book (and all others after it) lose a star just because I get bored reading the same first chapter in every book.

Overall, this series is the ice cream of reading material. L
Mar 01, 2015 Regan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Green's books are like fast food for the brain: they taste good enough, they don't really do much for you, too many would be bad for you, but they can be fun for a treat. I like Green a bit more than Butcher, mostly because he's managed to create a character in John Taylor that has that "world weary noir dude" thing well in hand but, unlike Butcher, Green doesn't feel the need to just beat the crap out of his protagonist at every single moment in every single book. Sure, John Taylor takes his li ...more
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