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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014484
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Rich on 5 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is not a new book - it is a compilation of the first three novels so if you already have them don't bother.

If however you are new to the Nightside and like jim Butcher / neil gaiman

meet the neverwhere of london with mickey spillane and demons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
Imagine Harry Dresden loose in a Neil Gaiman-style world, and you'll have some idea of what's going on in the world of the Nightside.

And "A Walk on the Nightside" introduces us to the first three fantasy-noir adventures of Simon R. Green's strange, creepy other-London. The first book in here starts a little shakily, but once Green finds his footing the story rolls along with a few slow spots, theological fast-and-looses, and the occasional moment that is just too weird for words.

John Taylor fled the Nightside years ago, and set up shop as a PI in London, using his special talent (finding things) to eke out a living. But when wealthy Joanna Barrett hires him to find her teenage daughter, Taylor finds himself leading her into the Nightside, and acquainting her with the terrifying, often gruesome chaos that dwells inside it.

Then they accidentally step into a timeslip, and John finds himself facing a ruined, dead world. Worse, it turns out HE was the one who did it, many years in the past. Tormented by this possible future, John must find the girl who was lured into the Nightside -- and hope that the area doesn't get blown up first.

Amidst strange angel rumors, John Taylor is hired by the Pope's undercover representative, Father Jude. The Vatican wants to hire Taylor to find the Unholy Grail -- the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. Think the One Ring in cup form. So John and Shotgun Suzie prowl through the Nightside, into devil S&M clubs and neo-Nazi halls -- but the angels and demons have landed in the nightside, and will rip it to shreds to find the Grail.

And then a Nightside banker hires Taylor to help his daughter, the popular nightclub singer Rossignol -- and now her songs have gone from happy fluff to the stuff of suicide.
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By Harmonic 77 on 8 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Having found a copy of book 1 in this series on the floor I opened it as just something to read on the bus! I think by the end of the night it finished. Got me hooked from the start with great characterisation, suspense, and a yearning to know more about the main characters origin and ability. This book sets a really strong visual picture of another world, and delivers a fun, fast paced story that was a joy to read.

This is of course subjective as its my personal opinion, but i would recommend you by this book and escape into the world that is the Nightside.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to the dark zone 15 Dec. 2006
By Lord Baal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Welcome to the world of John Taylor, a London based private eye that can find ANYTHING. Yet despite this talent John hasn't exactly prospered, mainly because he's not from round here. John was born in the Nightside, a hidden part of London where the misfits and deadbeats end up after falling through the cracks. A place where Gods and Demons hang out when people stop believing in them. A place that despite being home got just a bit too dangerous, so John ran for it.

But circumstances conspire to force him back, in order to find the missing daughter of his client, John has to go home where he hooks up with some old and extremely nasty friends, the love of his life, the homicidal Shotgun Suzie, who did shoot him once, but he didn't take it personally and Razor Eddie the punk god of the straight razor a malodorous being who does good by hacking the bad into a piles of bloody pieces, who currently owes John a favour and REALLY doesn't like it.

With friends like these who needs enemies but John has plenty of these too, some of whom he knows, others who remain hidden and mostly want him dead. To confuse matters John's not too sure why, but it may have something to do with his mother, whoever or whatever she may be. All he knows is that the few people who do know are so scared of her they won't talk, even to him.

Welcome to the Nightside, the illegitimate offspring of Dashiell Hammett and H P Lovecraft. Welcome to an original world of neatly crafted characters in well focused stories. Simon Green does not write the bloated doorstops beloved of some of his contemporaries, but this is no bad thing. Welcome to the dark zone, you'll like it so much you may not want to leave.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Author at a Great Price 7 Jun. 2007
By A. Granata - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Simon Green is a wonderful British writer who creates a unique and fascinating world with his novels of the Nightside. This particular volume has the first three books in that series, and it is considerably cheaper than buying each of those books separately. An awesome read and an excellent deal!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Introducing John Taylor 21 Oct. 2013
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Walk on the Nightside (2006) is the first Fantasy omnibus in the Nightside series. It contains Something From the Nightside, Agents of Light and Darkness and Nightingale's Lament .

Something From the Nightside (2003) is the first novel in this series. John Taylor is a finder. He doesn't do insurance work, divorces, or solve crime, but he can find anything. It is just one of his talents. Moreover, he is from the Nightside and there he has a third -- Private -- eye.

Joanna Barrett hires John Taylor to find her daughter. Joanna has already been to the police and the big agencies, to no avail. Now she has come to Taylor as the result of a tip saying that only he could find Catherine in the Nightside.

For 50,000 pounds up front and another 50,000 if she is returned, Taylor agrees to find the girl. However, Joanna has one condition: she is to go along on the hunt. Taylor begins by entering the Underground; all this is new to Joanna, so he buys the tickets and shows her how to use them to get into the station.

Once in, he follows his instincts til he finds a sign in Enochian, an artificial language developed to talk to angels, that points the way to a maintenance closet. There he picks up a phone and says "Nightside". The wall then opens into a tunnel leading to the Nightside of the station, where they catch a train.

Agents of Light and Darkness (2003) is the second novel in this series. Taylor has found something for Jessica Sorrow the Unbeliever and presents it to her in the Church of Saint Jude. While there, he witnesses a confrontation that leaves a man a pillar of salt. The angels, both light and dark, have come to the Nightside.

Taylor is hired to by the Vatican to find the Unholy Grail, the cup that Judas Iscariot drank from at the Last Supper. Others are also hunting for this powerful relict, including the angelic hosts of above and below. Shortly after he accepts his commission, others try to force him to change sides.

Taylor hires Suzy Shooter as backup and starts looking. This time he can't use his talent, for the angels have already plucked his mind from his body and tried to force him into finding the relic for them (final recipient to be decided later). Some think that he should not give either side the chalice, for that would precipitate the apocalypse, with Nightside the battleground.

As he follows his leads, Taylor witnesses enough angelic violence to not wish to encourage the final confrontation. People snatched off the streets to be questioned and then discarded, sometimes in pieces, as well as people turned into pillars of salt or impaled on light poles. He finds, and then loses again, a weapon capable of discreating angels or anything else, but only at great cost to his soul.

Among the blood, pain and fire, Taylor treats with old friends and enemies, uncovers massacres and blood baths, and follows his leads. Then he finds the relic and witnesses a miracle.

Nightingale's Lament (2004) is the third novel in this series. Taylor is first persuaded by Walker to work on a case for Prometheus, Inc., generator of twelve percent of the power used within the Nightside. Company equipment is being sabotaged by an unknown --and undetectable -- person or thing.

Prometheus is owned and operated by an old acquaintance, Vincent Kraemar, the Mechanic. Walker wants results and Taylor definitely produces some big results, paying off an old debt in the bargain. However, Walker is not really happy with the way Taylor solves the problem.

After that case, while hanging out in Strangefellows and avoiding Walker, Taylor is approached by a man who believes that his daughter has fallen into bad company. Under the name Rossignol -- Nightingale -- she has been acquiring a reputation of her own, but recently she has changed, breaking off relations with friends and family, never answering phone calls or letters, and spending all her time in the Caliban Club where she sings. Moreover, her singing has changed; now she sings only sad songs and her listeners are so moved that some have committed suicide shortly after leaving her show.

All these changes started when Ross signed a new contract with Mr. and Mrs. Cavendish. The client wants Taylor to check into her situation and help her if such assistance is necessary. Cathy confirms the client's portrayal of Rossignol's career and Alex tells him more about her life and the Cavendishes.

Taylor visits the Caliban Club and talks to Ian, Rossignol's roadie. Then he visits Rossignol herself and later catches a show. He can't find any indication of magical influence, but Ross is obviously depressed and distracted. During her performance, moreover, someone commits suicide, splashing blood and brains over her shoes.

Taylor investigates the Cavendishes, including tracking down another promising diva who was previously under contract to them, but disappeared without a trace the previous year. He drops by the Night Times to find out the gossip from the newsies, especially the managing editor (and owner) Julian Advent. He even pays a visit to the Cavendishes, where he is very ill received.

The next installment in this omnibus sequence is Raising Hell in the Nightside.

Highly recommended for Green fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of private eyes, supernatural creatures, and a bit of satire. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Talk a walk on the night side 2 Mar. 2008
By EA Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Imagine Harry Dresden loose in a Neil Gaiman-style world, and you'll have some idea of what's going on in the world of the Nightside.

And "A Walk on the Nightside" introduces us to the first three fantasy-noir adventures of Simon R. Green's strange, creepy other-London. The first book in here starts a little shakily, but once Green finds his footing the story rolls along with a few slow spots, theological fast-and-looses, and the occasional moment that is just too weird for words.

John Taylor fled the Nightside years ago, and set up shop as a PI in London, using his special talent (finding things) to eke out a living. But when wealthy Joanna Barrett hires him to find her teenage daughter, Taylor finds himself leading her into the Nightside, and acquainting her with the terrifying, often gruesome chaos that dwells inside it.

Then they accidentally step into a timeslip, and John finds himself facing a ruined, dead world. Worse, it turns out HE was the one who did it, many years in the past. Tormented by this possible future, John must find the girl who was lured into the Nightside -- and hope that the area doesn't get blown up first.

Amidst strange angel rumors, John Taylor is hired by the Pope's undercover representative, Father Jude. The Vatican wants to hire Taylor to find the Unholy Grail -- the cup that Judas drank from at the Last Supper. Think the One Ring in cup form. So John and Shotgun Suzie prowl through the Nightside, into devil S&M clubs and neo-Nazi halls -- but the angels and demons have landed in the nightside, and will rip it to shreds to find the Grail.

And then a Nightside banker hires Taylor to help his daughter, the popular nightclub singer Rossignol -- and now her songs have gone from happy fluff to the stuff of suicide. The most likely suspects are her creepy agents, the Cavendishes. But only after a trip to their ex-client -- now a monstrous prostitute -- does Taylor begin to realize just how dangerous the Cavendishes are to Rossignol... but the truth of this doomed nightingale's song is far more terrible than he suspects.

The first half of the first book is basically an introduction to the horrors and wonders of the Nightside. And it has plenty of them Merlin's ghost, carnivore houses, UFO paranoiacs in an armed citadel, faceless assassins, fleshy guns, the pantomime of the dead, goblin drag queens, the unliving Dead Boy, Hell's neanderthals, and -- most scary of all -- teenybopper goths.

But after that, Green's mystery stories get solidly entrenched into a nice noir groove, although it usually takes him awhile to get the plots moving. His writing has a dark, wry snappiness, with plenty of solid dialogue ("Condiments. Never leave home without them") and tongue-in-cheek occurrences like the barhopping vampire. But he can imbue some more subtle horror into some scenes, like the ghastly encounter with the deadly Sylvia Sin, and the devastated world of the future.

The generically-named John Taylor is a good noir hero too -- he's got a very mysterious past and a lot of people out for his blood. The first book unfolds a devastating possible future, and the following stories give more hints about who his unknown mother is, and how he could be such a threat to the entire world and everyone in it.

Some of the other characters are not quite what they seem, but Taylor bumps into some endearingly bloodthirsty characters like Razor Eddie and Shotgun Suzie. Guess what they do for fun. And there are a number of others -- undead victims, the eerie Walker, the Collector, blind Pew, ghosts, and occasionally someone halfway normal like Taylor's teenage secretary.

"A Walk on the Nightside" brings together the first three Nightside books, and takes readers into a grotesquely fascinating world full of everything you don't want to dream about. Despite a few bumps in the road, it's a nice, dark read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Buy This Entire Series Today! 29 Aug. 2008
By Eric B. Simms - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Read each book's Amazon description to get an idea of its plot, but I can tell you the entire series is wonderful. I've read the entire series, and I am looking forward to the next one.
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