My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Simon R. Green’s Something From The Nightside does it right. John Taylor is a gritty mixture of Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Karen Marie Moning’s Jericho Barrons. He is a private detective with a weakness for women with a sob story and a supernatural gift that only works in London’s underworld of the paranormal.
Taylor left the Nightside five years ago vowing never to return. But when a wealthy woman, Joanna Barrett, shows up in his rundown office looking for her runaway daughter Taylor can’t help but be pulled back into the world he barely managed to escape from with his life. The two end up in an exciting adventure that will expand your mind and your tug at your heart.
Green is a master of description and setting. He’s able to write with brevity and yet still give readers clear pictures of the rooms and landscapes where his characters live. The dialogue is flowing, sometimes humorous, and often pregnant with emotion. As rich as Taylor is as a lead character, Green surrounds him with a supporting cast of complex and interesting “friends” that help to make this world an interesting if not hair-raising place to visit.
If you have ever wanted to take a walk on the dark side then the Nightside series—which has a dozen books—is for you. As Green describes it in his books, the Nightside is an addictive place. Be prepared to stay up reading late—it is always 3AM in the Nightside—because you just can’t put the book down, and remember that you’ll pay the price come the morning light.