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What I find terribly cool about listening to this novel is that I can really see, for the very first time, the influence of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man on the series. The main characters of that novel, Nick and Nora Charles, are clearly reflected in the characters of John and Bettie in this novel. Working together rather well, they solve a complicated mystery by combining their talents in a way which compliments each other quite nicely. (Somewhere in the Nightside series, Green pays homage to Samuel Dashiell Hammett by mentioning that multiple Maltese Falcon are always for sale somewhere in the Nightside. Nice touch, Green!)
Good parts here from a narrative perspective include John and Suzie dealing with the Aquarius Key; Max Maxwell (so named because he so big that his name is repeated twice), the self-proclaimed Voodoo Apostate, at the demon infested Fun Faire fending off really nasty bounty hunters being ridden by the loa Max would like to control; and Taylor dealing with a very hungry T-Rex as he needs to talk to the Collector very badly. The ending of the latter is the single funniest bit of dialogue in the entire Nightside series! (Scariest bit is the part describing Shadow Deep, the Nightside prison. What a nasty place that is!)
Was it better listening to The Unnatural Inquirer than reading it? Definitely yes.
Cat Eldridge / Green Man Review
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I've listened to all in this series (so far). Have to say, this was the weakest. It was short; my impression was, the author was just writing something to fulfill a contract. Of course, the narration was, per usual, terrific -- and worth the listen for that alone. But, don't expect any deep plot. Much of the book was tie-backs to things we've all listened to in previous entries in the series. If you're guarding you credits, you can safely skip this one. Not much new to listen to hear, move along, move along. "And it was just the easiest thing in the world ... ", to just move along. (Am hoping the next in the series is better)