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Private investigator John Taylor returns in the 12th novel (after 2010's The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny) of the Nightside, "the dark, secret, brooding heart of London." Having killed the former Walker, the voice of the Authorities, Taylor's now the closet thing the Nightside has to a leader. When the sword Excalibur shows up in the mail, he must return to London Proper to consult with the descendants of the Knights of the Round Table. The blood runs red (and golden) as he teams up with King Arthur and tangles with Merlin, elven royalty, traitor knights, sons of the devil, the Lady of the Lake, and various creatively named denizens of the Nightside. Taylor's irrepressible sarcasm and a twisted take on quotidian scenes compensate for a few too many solemn, self-important pronouncements and evil-overlord lectures. (Jan.)
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This is Green’s most recent novel of the Nightside, a hidden part of London populated by creatures who never see the light of day. John Taylor is a Nightside PI who specializes in finding things. But something has just found him: Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur himself. Since the sword is practically sentient and turns up only when there’s a big job to be done, what does it want with Taylor? Taylor and Shotgun Suzie, his comrade-in–arms, hardly have time to find out between disarming suicide bombers and trying to keep some order on the Nightside (John killed the previous boss with that responsibility). With plenty of action packed in from London to Glastonbury, fun characters, and outrageous villains, A Hard Day’s Knight should definitely please fantasy action fans. --Frieda Murray --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Nightside (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937007197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007195
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Simon Green is the author of the bestselling DEATHSTALKER cycle, the New York Times bestseller ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and many other novels. He lives in Bradford-upon-Avon in Wiltshire.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Books31 on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fans of Simon R. Green may have been a little disappointed with his Ghost of Chance novel this year, but don't lose faith just yet because Green's latest in the Nightside series, A Hard Day's Knight, is fantastic!

I had been losing a little interest in the Nightside series lately, I felt like since the Lilith wars, John Taylor hadn't had any big surprises or quests to deal with. Yes, he did defeat demons and gods, but he seemed to indestructible to beat. Of course when you introduce King Arthur into the picture then everything gets a whole new look. But besides introducing the gallant King Arthur, A Hard Day's Knight also introduces some very surprising and interesting twists to the series. I can't say what they are but it will definitely effect that rest of the series in a significant way.

Of course besides these new characters and twists in the overall story, I felt A Hard Day's Knight was a better story overall compared to some of the most recent books in the series. Fans of the series will get back to what they initially loved about the series, tricks, magic, violence, and a sarcastic wit. We finally get to see Taylor back in the real world and have to face down some thugs without his magical gift. Suzie gets to play a bigger part in this story than she has in the last few books, and I found the overall wit and tone of the book much more to my liking.

Of course if goes without saying (but of course I will say it) that readers who haven't read the series should start from the beginning of the series, but overall I very much enjoyed A Hard Day's Knight, and I can't wait for the next book in this revitalized series.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on January 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been waiting a long time for the next Nightside novel. Mr Green's been writing a few new series', like the Droods, but let's face it, Nightside is in a class of it's own.

And what a class it is. This is absolutely fantastic. Full of new characters, honourable legends, tie in's with his other books, plenty of action and mystery. You knwo the general storyline- John Taylor has Excalibur and has to find King Arthur, but you never quite know what is going to happen, or even if he will indeed find him, until he does. Great book. Great execution. Well worth the wait and I sincerely hope and pray the next one is as good.

Should you read it? YES!!!!!!!!

On a personal note, after I read this book, I wished that I had discovered this series only recently, instead of years ago. That way, I would be able to enjoy many these books consecutively one after the other, without having to wait 1-2 years in between like we have to now. The one downside to his books are that they are a bit short, usually between 200 and 300 pages. It's a bit like a drug. There's the anticipation, then the actual high when you read it, and then it's over all too soon.

(not that I have personal experience with drugs of course)

Can't wait for the next one!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In the Nightside, private investigator John Taylor obtains the legendary Excalibur though he is unsure why Arthur's sword has been sent to him by the Post. He does not want the blade partly because he knows his heart is not worthy of such a weapon. On the other hand, he knows in Nightside he is much more worthy than probably everyone else. Still he believes the blade needs safe keeping. He feels strongly, though he would prefer not to, venture into London Proper to deliver Excalibur to the London Knights, the Last Defenders of Camelot.

However, John's enemies wait in ambush to kill him, steal the legend, or preferably both. Although unsure how his adversaries know, John and his lover Shotgun Suzie, the bounty hunter Valkyrie, who when it comes to dead or alive always brings them in dead. They begin the deadly trek. They remain ignorant to the significance of what they do as his destiny is to prevent a potentially end of the world war and that a traitor amidst the London Knights has sold his soul to gain power by giving the sword to malevolent beasts.

This is a super refreshing Nightside entry starting with the double edged title as the quest takes place during A Hard Day's Night while the other reference is obvious. Side allusions are a consistent fun part of a Simon R. Green urban fantasy as the author has done repeatedly with this saga and the Secret History series. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action as the foes have the numbers and the weapons, but John knows he has his beloved "Oh Christ, It's Her, Run" watching his back in London's Nightside and Proper.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KindlePad VINE VOICE on April 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are 2 sorts of Nightside books. The best being the ones that move the collective storyline of the Nightside forward or expand our understanding of the characters and generally change the landscape of the books in a very important way.

This, sadly, is not one of those books.

This is the sort of book where you can read the first chapter and then the last few chapters and say "that was a very nice novella." The entire middle of the portion is literally just John and Susie turning in circles and Simon Green padding the book. You could actually give this book a skip as nothing really important happens until the very end and for sure Simon Green will cover the events of this book in the next chapter of the next book. Are the ending events important - yes - but they are so "thrown in" that they really just serve to set up the next novel.

Is it well written you ask? Shrugs - I guess - but Simon really needs to stop his dependency on "catch phrases" that make the book seem to be written by a giant Microsoft Word macro. For example, many long time readers will no doubt recognize these over used phrases:

... a force was beating on the wind...
... all at once the room changed, there was a presence that wasn't there before...
... people saw us an quickly walked to the other side of the street...
... her name is Suzie Shooter or... "oh hell its her..."...

And there are so many others. I guess after 10 books I should start passing on these as nothing ever changes...

Simon is capable of writing great novels - but his retirement-fund series (Drood, Nightside) are becoming poorly written and just plain lazy.
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