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3.0 out of 5 stars Walking with Walker, 15 May 2011
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This review is from: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny (Nightside) (Mass Market Paperback)
Latest volume in the Nightside series. These are fantasy novels about John Taylor, a private investigator in the Nightside. Which is London off the beaten tracks and round the dark corners. Where you can find anything and anyone you can possibly imagine. And everything that you can't.

This is the tenth in the series and whilst most of them are quite accessible for new readers there is a fair amount of backstory by now so you're better off starting with the beginning book Something from the Nightside.

Regular readers read on.

This one runs for two hundred and seventy five pages, and is divided into eleven chapters plus a short prologue and epilogue. John has a couple of cases over the course of the book, firstly escorting an elf across the city in order to deliver an important message. And then helping find a missing person.

At the same time Walker, the man who runs the nightside, has a job offer for John. One that he can't possibly refuse.

Although he's certainly going to try to...

As ever with this series there's a fantastic amount of invention, with interesting characters and concepts and sights being described in throwaway lines that make the Nightside such a fascinating creation. But this one, as mentioned in other reviews, does come in sections and also exists to set up changes to the series.

Roughly the first third is one long chase scene leading up to a plot point. Although this section is hugely entertaining, thanks not to least to a character called Ms. Fate. A superhero with certain gender issues.

Then there's a long flashback as one character fills John in on some important information.

And the missing person business plus the Walker business take up the rest of the book. This does offer some great scenes between John and Walker though and give you a lot of moral food for thought, as John has to face up to some tricky questions.

Also, as has happened since the series got the two of them together as a couple, Suzie barely features once again. I wouldn't mind to see them working together for the entire course of the story, but the reasons for it happening this time are not as contrived as you might initially expect and do have a bearing on the plot.

The epilogue comes back to something from earlier in the book and leads directly into the next novel in the series A Hard Day's Knight (Nightside).

So whilst it's not the best Nightside novel yet, it does have a lot of good points.
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