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The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams
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Sep 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

In this new, but still familiar, world, Bobby Dollar, Angel Advocate, is one of a misfit bunch of angels sent back to live in real bodies so as to better understand the souls of the newly departed, who they are employed to represent during judgement. Well-known for asking awkward questions and generally pissing people off, Bobby gets caught up in a maelstrom of danger and deception after souls start failing to show up for judgement. Now the heavenly court wants to talk to him and there's a demon trying to kill him, and nowhere seems to be safe to hide. Throw in a dangerously beautiful woman, a worryingly keen trainee, and a monster on his tail, and it's starting to look like Bobby needs to solve this mystery before it gets him killed. Again.

It took a while to get into this book, mostly because to start with it felt a bit of an urban fantasy cliche - sardonic male lead, witticisms and self deprecation galore. But - but! - once I got into the story I was hooked. This is a tightly paced, well written story with smart, complex characters and a world that is both intriguing and unexpected. Although the tale stands well on its own there are a lot of questions left at the end of this book, and I'm looking forwards to the rest of the story.

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