Nightingale's Lament by Simon R. GreenNightingale's Lament by Simon R. Green

Nightingale's Lament

bySimon R. Green

Mass Market Paperback | April 27, 2004

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The name’s John Taylor. I work the garish streets of the Nightside—the hidden heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where in human creatures and otherworldly gods walk side by side in the endless darkness of the soul.

I have a talent for finding things. People…property…no problem. But now I’m after something different.

A local diva called the Nightingale has cut herself off from her family and friends, and I’ve been hired to find out the reason. I’m also wondering why her suicide—prone fans think she has a voice to die for. Literally.
           
To get the truth, I’ll have to lend an ear to the most enticingly beautiful and deadly voice in all of the Nightside—and survive.
Simon R. Green is the New York Times bestselling author of the Secret Histories Novels, the Novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in England.
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Title:Nightingale's LamentFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.7 × 4.3 × 0.71 inPublished:April 27, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0441011632

ISBN - 13:9780441011636

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Another great 'episode'. Not much to say about this book. It reminds me of CSI. The only reason I say that is because CSI is the only TV that I really watch (now that Buffy and Angel are read-only material). This book was very much just an episode. It was thoughouly entertaining and you get little glimpses into the back story that is going on (John's whole mother thing), but nothing really happens that is going to change anything so drastically that the nightside will never be the same again. It was definately an episode as opposed to a season finale or something. K, that is the most TV reference that i am able to do. In this book John is hired by a guy to find out what is up with his daughter. She was a rising singing sensation who now wants nothing to do with her family or friends and father is getting concerned. Add to that the fact that people who hear her sing have a tendancy to kill themselves afterwards and you have a job for John Taylor. "The book was a good read and there is more of the Simon Green charm with the blood and the guts and the people unexpectantly dying brutal horrible deaths that we have all come to love and enjoy. One thing that is great about these books is that they are set in a place (the Nightside) where really anything goes. So just when you think you have something figured out a new idea arises and all the rules are thown out the window. Again I was happy to see new inventions of Simon's imagination. I was glad to see new characters such as Silvia Sin, Dead Boy and the Hanged Man's Beautiful Daughter. so yeah, there you have it. Try out the first book, if you like it then be content in the fact that Simon does not let you down and so far so good, continues to be one of my favorite series."
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good series This is the third 'Nightside' novel I've read, and they're exactly what you'd imagine: dark gritty PI mysteries set in 'the Nightside,' a part of London that is supernatural and just to the left of reality. It's always three in the morning in Nightside, and the Powers and Authorities of Nightside are often quite hideous, depraved, and full of divine (or demonic) power. Basically, think Charles De Lint on a really dark/grim/gruesome bent, or mayhap Anne Rice without all the lace and frilly stuff, or Laurel K. Hamilton without the mind-numbing repetetive sex. Our "hero" in the tale is John Taylor (no, not the singer). He's a PI whose mother was something other than human (emphasis on the 'other'). He has a preternatural gift: he can just find things, by opening his third eye/inner sight. Alas, that also sets of a big ol' glow throughout Nightside that says "here I am!" and he has enemies aplenty, so quite often he has to rely on wits instead of his powers. The plot in this third book is basically thus: A father hires John to figure out what is going on with his daughter, who is a rising-star singer in the Nightside who seems to be causing her fans to kill themselves (smiling while they do so). Are her agents to blame? Did she sell her soul for fame? Can you wash brains out of sling back high heels? All these questions and more are posed in this gritty gruesome bloodbathy fun urban dark fantasy mystery.
Date published: 2006-07-22

Editorial Reviews

"What could be a long and extremely addictive series."—Black Gate Magazine

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