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Nightingale's Lament (Nightside #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  8,031 ratings  ·  207 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 (first published 2004)
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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
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
Justin
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
Yona
Loved it, I can never get bored reading about John Taylor and his cases.
JK
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
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Nancy Oakes
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
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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
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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
Karissa
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
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Kate
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
Robby
Mar 17, 2014 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
LJ
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
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Aisha Mahmoud
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
Avardsin
===REVIEW FOR FIRST THREE BOOKS - NO REAL SPOILERS==
===OVERALL RATING: 2-3 STARS==

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
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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
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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
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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.
Kiwie
Liked:
- 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
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Cathy
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.
Kristin
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
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Kristy
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
Regan Wann
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
Aelvana
The plot was better than Agents, and Dead Boy is the best argument for rereading the book. Taylor always meets the most interesting friends. Dead Boy is, well, dead. So he thinks it's funny to let people shoot him, makes bad puns about life and death, and has a tendency to say whatever he wants, because people can't do anything worse to him. The only thing that caught me was the almost-romance being stamped on at the end. There wasn't too much to lead me to believe Taylor was romantically intere ...more
Emily Crow
I love the idea of urban fantasy. Thinking of our grungy cities--Decatur, IL, for example, where I happen to work at the moment--secretly filled with faeries, vampires, werewolves, witches, shape-shifters, angels, demons and who knows what else is really fun. Alas, there is a large gap between theory and practice, and the vast majority of urban fantasy novels don't really work for me.

Nightingale's Lament has several things in its favor: it's not burdened by romance or eye-roll inducing sex scene
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 26, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Dark Fantasy
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Gerri Leen
This is the third book in the Nightside series, featuring John Taylor, who isn't just a "private eye," he has a "private eye", a mystical eye through which he can find just about anything "in the Nightside." The Nightside is a hidden magical area within London where it's always three in the morning and inhabited by every feature creature you can imagine including poltergeist sedan chairs and headless bikers. That's its strength--the phantasmagorical setting created by Green filled with offbeat c ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
John Taylor has a new case – to rescue the Nightingale. A singer whose voice is so incredible she may be the next big thing in the Nightside where the incredible is the norm. A singer whose sad songs can literally cause people to kill themselves in grief – a fact that only adds to her popularity, not detract from it.

And a singer who may be being held against her will. At least, that’s what her father thinks.

Which sets John Taylor on track to speak to and free the Nightingale – but the Cavendishe
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Jennifer
I read this book in two nights. It's a fun read.

Like the previous books in the series, the dialogue isn't always the best; John Taylor likes to hear himself talk. We also get the "Mwahaha! My evil plan is pure AWESOME!" speech from one of the villains.

The first time we witness Rossignol sing should be a big deal. It should be written with great description and emotion. It should be, but it isn't. John's account of Rossignol's singing is more like a summary. Very unimpressive. I don't come away f
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KG
Ya know, I really like this series! It’s darkly amusing, a comfortable read, has engaging characters – and is NOT REMOTELY predictable. Simon Green has such a twisted humor, combined with such a creatively macabre imagination! What's not to like? There is NOTHING mundane in his books (at least, not so far in this series!), and this book was just full of odd and twisted circumnavigations, with Lovecraftianly BIZARRE characters. Dead Boy! What can I say? He's dead - but he is one of the best team- ...more
Gareth Otton
Nightingale's Lament, the third book in the Nightside series, was a step in the wrong direction.

Its predecessor had put in some work of expanding on John's and the Nightside's histories and crafting characters with more to them than the jobs they were doing and their attitudes. This novel was basically a standard detective procedural with a magical twist and set in a magical world, which was a little disappointing. There is the opportunity for this series to become something epic but this book
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Patrick D'Orazio
In this, the third installment of Simon R. Green's Nightside series, the author seems to finally relax and not obsess as much over the reader's understanding how strange the Nightside is in every paragraph. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of new oddities taking up the pages here but it seems we are more in a groove now, going along with John Taylor, the noirish detective who lives in the Nightside, the utterly alien and magical dark underbelly of London. He gets hired to find things, since h ...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.

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  • Agents of Light and Darkness (Nightside, #2)
  • Hex and the City (Nightside, #4)
  • Paths Not Taken (Nightside, #5)
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“There are any number of magical creatures, mostly female, whose singing can bring about horror and death. Sirens, undines, banshees, Bananarama tribute bands...” 99 likes
“I love to dance!" she said cheerfully.
"Sometimes I think the whole world should be put to music and choreographed!"

"This being the Nightside, someone somewhere is undoubtedly working on that very thing, right now.”
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