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Nightingale's Lament (Nightside #3)

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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
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 12th 2007 by Ace Books (first published April 27th 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
Jul 28, 2016 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 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
4.5 Stars

Nightingale's Lament by Simon R. Green is the third book in the Nightside series. These stories are classic noir like private eye mysteries in an urban fantasy setting. They are perfect for my interests today. I have been reading a lot of urban fantasy lately. Combine my new favorite genre with a detective noir like story and you have made me something special. I loved this book. I loved the writing of Green. I loved the world of Nightside. And I especially loved our main character (ca
Jul 27, 2009 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 (Back to the Books)
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 11, 2010 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
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
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
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, I can never get bored reading about John Taylor and his cases.
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 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
Dec 30, 2010 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
Mar 30, 2010 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
Jan 24, 2014 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 10, 2009 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
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.
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.
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 .
Amir  Arman
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
نسبت به دو جلد قبلی پسرفت داشت
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
Read this book instead of listened, like I have with the previous 2 books, didn't like it as much in text form though It was a quick, easy read.
Looking forward to the next one!!
Leila Anani
In this third Nightside tale Supernatural PI John Taylor is asked to investigate a nightclub singer who's audience have a tendency to commit suicide after hearing her sing.

We get two unrelated cases in this one - it opens with John investigating sabotage at a power plant. Really liked this episode, but it does make the novel feel very episodic and more like it should be a TV series than a solidly plotted novel - something I find quite common with Green's fiction - I wish the two cases shared mor
Vegas Runaway
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nightside series by Simon Green provides readers with swift transportation to a dark but always humorous alternate world with the most interesting characters. My favorite was the first one I read, which was horribly out of order. Tales From the Nightside, which is later in the series, gives you the fate of Walker, the government detective, the strange identity of Ms. Fate, the change of Larry Oblivion, intro to Strangefellows, intro to Razor Eddie, Dead Boy and others. I liked this one best ...more
Oliver Eike
Started strong, finished weak.

John Taylor is to help Rossignol, a up and coming superstar singer. Needless to say, trouble finds the man who is the best at finding things.

All in all, a ok enough book, but for me it was the weakest so far in the series.

If you like a series where anything can exist and be part of the story, then you will like the Nightside, just be prepared to have the word "Nightside" repeated so many times that you wake up in the dead of night, screaming... "NIGHTSIDE!"
David Thompson
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waiting-on-shelf
Another rousing tale about the Nightside. It wasn't as funny as the first two, but it still had delicious moments exposing the perpetually blurred lines between life and death, hero and villain, love and adversity... Mr. Green has done a brilliant job creating his Nightside because, while reading his books, I actually get sad that it's not a place that I can physically visit. It is a remarkably vivid and ever-changing world that I look for forward to entering in the next book.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very nice story, the Nightside gets better and better :)
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
2.5 stars
Kathy Davie
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Third of the Nightside dark, getting darker with each story, urban fantasy series set underground in London, England.

My Take
There's a fun bit about phrenology and changing a man's personality by hitting him on the head with a hammer to get the right sort of bumps. Then a bit of ye olde world — makin' ya right grateful for the FDA — "something wriggling on a stick! … Food so fast it will be out your backside before you know it!"

Oh yeah, the Nightside is a trip and a half. As John Taylor says, "No
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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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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“There are any number of magical creatures, mostly female, whose singing can bring about horror and death. Sirens, undines, banshees, Bananarama tribute bands...” 108 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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