I chose 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven' because of the intriguing product description and it looked as though it would be a fun read, I wasn't disappointed. Bobby Dollar is an angel who spends most of his time in a 'meat' body down on Earth. He is an advocate, pleading for the souls of the newly deceased and trying to make a better case than the opposition; even though sometimes the best he can hope for is getting them a spot of time in purgatory. The fun starts when a soul goes missing, who is responsible, how could such a thing happen? Then more souls go missing and the high ups on both sides get increasingly worried. Meanwhile Bobby is being chased by demons who believe that he has something, this 'something' appears to be valuable but Bobby has no idea what it is or who has it. Heaven and hell have kept an uneasy truce going but the disappearing souls and the 'something' threaten to upset the balance.
At heart this is a hard-boiled detective novel where the characters just happen to be angels and demons, there is even a classic femme fatal in the guise of The Countess of Cold Hands. Even if you don't usually read fantasy but are a fan of classic hard-boiled American crime fiction then you might well enjoy this one. It is inventive and fun with a cast of very unusual characters. The writing style is engaging and although a few of the references to American culture escaped me it didn't spoil the reading experience. It should particularly appeal to fans of 'The Dresden Files' - Jim Butcher and 'The Night Watch Saga' - Sergei Lukyanenko.
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