This is the first of a paranormal investigation hard-boiled detective horror series (did I get that right?) by Siby Simon R. Green, published in 2003.
This is the first of a paranormal investigation hard-boiled detective horror series (did I get that right?) by Simon R. Green. And the major action is set, wait for it - in the Nightside.
The Nightside is a hidden dark place at the center of London England where it is always 3:00 AM and is chalk full of nasty monsters and colourful characters. It reminded me a bit of Buffy or Angel with a dash of Lovecraftian horror thrown in for good measure.
The protagonist, John Taylor, is somewhat of a mystery and was born in the Nightside of a human father (who drank himself to death) and a monstrous mother (literally) who is now missing.
The attitude and speech (this novel is written in first person narrative) of John Taylor is a bit over the top bordering on absurd at some points and pushes the “Chandler” type private dick to the limits of cliche, but is still entertaining for all that.
In this, the first of the series, John Taylor is persuaded to return to the Nightside (by a beautiful dame who comes into his office - what else?) to search for a client’s missing daughter. We are treated to a bizarre world of “trust no one” where the inhabitants are very strange and most are far from human. Anything can be had, for a price. John’s special gift is that he can find anything in the Nightside, and that is where his client’s daughter has been drawn to and so with the carrot of a huge paycheck he is off.
After many adventures (don’t want to spoil things for you - it’s part of the fun of reading a series like this) and run ins with friends and foes, John encounters the final horror of the novel and I was surprised to find there was a couple of good twists to be had.
Overall I would say this series is pretty decent if you don’t take it too seriously but rather, sit back with your feet up on the desk and enjoy.
Since I have the first seven books in the series in paperback and enjoyed the first one (score - found them all in a used bookstore) I’ll be sure to read the rest now....more