The Unnatural Inquirer : Nightside

  • by Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • Series: Nightside
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Taylor's the name. I'm a PI, working that small slice of mystical real estate in the hidden centre of London that's called the Nightside. It's a place where the sun refuses to rise, where monsters and men walk side by side, and where you can fulfill your every dark and depraved desire. What I do there, better than anybody else alive (or dead) is find things - for the right client, for the right price. My new client can certainly afford me. The editor of the Unnatural Inquirer, the Nightside's most notorious gossip rag (the one everyone pretends not to read), has offered me more than one million pounds to find a man named Pen Donavon, who claims to have evidence of the Afterlife - picked up on a television broadcast and burned onto DVD. The Inquirer made Donavon a sweet deal for exclusive rights. Then both he and the disc vanished. I don't know if the disc is on the level, but a job's a job (and a million pounds is a million pounds). Trouble is, not only are all of the usual suspects pretty dangerous individuals, but it's beginning to look like someone else - someone very powerful - is on the trail, too. And who - or what - ever it is, is deadly determined to find the disc first.

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What the Critics Say

"Green skillfully blends action and humor, and shows no sign of running out of ideas. This installment will undoubtedly rope in new readers who enjoy his blend of dark humor and the supernatural." (Publishers Weekly)

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Green Man Review's Review

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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- Kindle Customer

BOOOO..... TO BETTY DIVINE!!!!!!!!

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Everything about Betty Divine was pointless, annoying, and out right stupid!!!! Obviously she was created for the male or gay female attention but other than that her character was pointless.

Shot Gun Susie is actually the only female character that should be in the series as John's partner at all times, PERIOD!!!!!!

Other than that, the story was FUN and BRUTAL and FULL OF MOUTH WATERING ACTION that was of course ruined by the most annoying and disgusting female character created, Betty Divine. -rolls eyes- She's worse than all the annoying female characters from the Sandman Slim series!

Bring back Shot Gun Susie! Now that's a fantastic female lead and partner!!!

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- HaloLove

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios