Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Greene


John Taylor is not a private detective per se, but he has a knack for finding lost things. That’s why he’s been hired to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm in the center of London where fantasy and reality share renting space and the sun never shines

I really love these books, however they are not for everyone. I initially got into then because I love the Dresden files books by Jim Butcher and a friend told me I might like these as well. They are in the same vein or genre i guess. They are both full of jokes and quips they can bust out at a moments notice, but John Taylor has an edge to him that Dresden doesn’t have.

It might have something to do with The Nightside. The hidden world in the heart of London where it is always nighttime. This book follows a pretty standard noir frame. Damsel in distress that wanders into the office begging the detective to help her. The problem is that this particular “detective” doesn’t want anything to do with this case, a case of a missing daughter. Why? well, she apparently ran off to The Nightside and John Taylor vowed to never return. Mostly because everyone wants to kill him.

That is the story in a nutshell. John Taylor is forced by his conscious and the promise of money to venture back into The Nightside in search of a missing teenager. The story is very easy to follow and I figured out some of the various plot twists in advance, but it never took away the enjoyment of reading the book. This might not be the case for everyone though.

One point in its favor is that it is a fairly short book. Actually all the books in the Nightside Series are quick reads. I finished this one in an afternoon of reading. They are easy to read and don’t overstay their welcome


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