The Unnatural Inquirer: A Novel of the Nightside Hardcover – 2 Jan 2008
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Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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John Taylor is on the hunt and has a new side kick a half demon who's father was a Rolling Stone (literally, no really literally). There's a DVD that shows the afterlife but it and the person who accidentally recorded it are missing.
And "The Unnatural Inquirer" is Simon R. Green's eighth fantasy-noir set in the Nightside -- it's full of weird crimes, crazy inhabitants, and strange power grabs. This isn't quite Green's best, but it has his usual solid blend of mystery, horror, fantasy and dark humour.
As the story opens, John Taylor and his new love Suzie Shotgun are dealing with voodoo mayhem at a gruesome adult carnival. But then Cathy sends him a new assignment, working for the sleazy tabloid The Unnatural Inquirer. Apparently a guy named Pen Donovan somehow recorded a vision of the afterlife on a DVD -- nobody knows whether it was heaven or hell -- and then disappeared.
As with anything important, a lot of people in the Nightside want that DVD. And with a perky half-demon paparazzi beside him, Taylor starts prowling all the possible locations. But not only are the people he encounters dangerous, but something is pursuing them and erasing the nastier ones. Is the DVD truly a sight of the afterlife -- and is it worth dying for?
Futuristic ice queens, space generals, Lovecraft homages, an evil King Arthur, corrupt cardinals and the offspring of a succubus and a wayward Rolling Stone -- Green certainly knows how to keep the Nightside series interesting. Though the Nightside is not the sort of place you'd want to visit -- let alone live in -- it makes for a wonderful horror-noir read.
As with many of the other Nightside books, this a straight-line kind of mystery, where the hero investigates A, B, C and D before he finding the right person. And Green fills it with deliciously weird baddies (Kid Cthulhu?), spells (a T-rex in a museum), and he really goes to town with the tabloid titles from the Unnatural Inquirer ("Old Ones Fail To Rise Yet Again").
And he hasn't lost his touch for dialogue -- despite the many dark moments, Green always has some funny lines ("I really do hope it isn't the Devil again." "I could ask Mummy for you. She has contacts with the Old Firm..."). But the final confrontation is a bit anticlimatic, and it goes switching around from villain to villain... very, very fast.
And Green weaves in some interesting relationship threads -- a major subplot through the story is John being tempted by a more "normal" relationship, rather than the one he has with Suzie. Which involves no sex at the moment, due to her past of sexual abuse.
Suzie herself is only here for a spattering of pages, but we see more hints of the wounded teenager on the inside. Bettie is a fun and rather appealing young half-demon, and we see some old favorites here and there -- the Walker, the Collector, and Alex the surly barkeep. Not only does he get very gung-ho soldier in this one, but he reveals a startling secret about his love life.
"The Unnatural Inquirer" suffers from a rather anticlimactic battle, but it's a solid noir mystery in a world that is (thankfully) nothing like ours. Worth a read.
If you've not read a nightside novel before then start Something from the Nightside although this book is nigh on totally self contained and does give new readers enough information to get them up to speed instantly.
This story involves John being hired by a local tabloid newspaper to find a man who has a dvd which shows pictures from the afterlife. A big scoop that the paper desperately wants, and he is forced to team up with a demonic reporter to find it. But there are all sorts of people who would like to see what's on the disc, and they've got a fight on their hands to get it and then to stay alive.
Complete in 242 pages [the rest of the page count is a preview of the next book in the series] the story as is typical with these novels takes john on a journey through parts of the nightside that we haven't seen before. All could be regular london parts if it wasn't for supernatural tiwsts to them, and these are all quite inventive. Enough to keep you hooked although you will possibly start to wonder how the plot will resolve itself as the investigation doesn't seem to go anywhere for a while.
But then it suddenly does, in an excellent last fifty pages which offer a couple of good plot twists and some strong character motivation. Semi regular characters from the series have good moments that let them develop, and john's burgeoning romance with his rather troubled girlfriend suzie is very well handled, and it lets that plotline move forward nicely.
Not quite the best entry in the series, but an above average and enjoyable read
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