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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (February 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441012612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441012619
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.


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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.

Customer Reviews

John Taylor, Private Eye, is the hero of every story in the Nightside.
Allan Sherwood
Excellent story telling I couldn't wait to read the next adventure in the NIGHTSIDE series - very real feeling fantasy - TRULY WISKS ONE AWAY !
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Its a great series, thats heavy on mystery, mixed with a little noir and some fun fantasy/ sci fi!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John Taylor lives in the Nightside, an alternative London, where it's always 3 AM and the sinning and magic never stops. You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant. At Rick's Cafe, they serve Dodo and Dragonburgers--but carry a piece of unicorn horn to detect poisons---just in case.

John Taylor was born in the Nightside. He tried to leave a few years ago, but a missing persons case brought him back. Can't say anyone would blame him for leaving. He was orphaned early. His father drank himself to death when he discovered what his wife (John's Mother) really was.

Some folks call John Prince, while others make the Evil Eye sign whenever he approaches. More than one person tried to kill him when he was growing up. He has a Talent. He can find anything in the Nightside. Folks hire him as a Private Investigator.

Lady Luck made John Taylor an offer he couldn't refuse. Find the origins of the Nightside. If he succeeds, she'll tell him who his mother is....

"Hex and the City" is another fast-paced dark fantasy story full of quirky characters and places. "Hex" is the fourth in the Nightside series. So far, I haven't been disappointed by any of them. They're so hard to put down, my techie husband who never reads anything but tech manuals and history picked one up when I was in the doctor and has read the whole series. I had to hide "Hex" from him til I was done!

The books are a blend of Raymond Chandler and Glen Cook's supernatural detective novels. Taylor's a likeable character who despite his hard edges, falls hard for a damsel in distress, and will do about anything to help a kid.

For the most part, the "Nightside" stories stand on their own, but I strongly recommend that you read all of them: "Something Good from the Nightside", "Agents of Light and Darkness" and "Nightingale's Lament".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on August 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hex and the City (2005) is the fourth urban fantasy novel in the Nightside series, following Nightingale's Lament. In the previous volume, John Taylor and Dead Boy brought Rossignol back from death and Walker took the Cavendishes away. Then Taylor found that his client has been dead for two years; hard to collect from a ghost.

In this novel, Taylor is hired by the Great Auction Hall to watch over the chaos butterfly. Supposedly, possession of the butterfly means control of future events. Most of the major players, or their agents, are in the hall for this auction.

Everything goes well until bidding starts on the butterfly. First everybody starts humming or singing the same song and then the wards and protections break and blow apart. Soon psychenauts show up from the Outside and Taylor takes certain corrective actions.

After the auction hall incident, Taylor passes on the details of where to send his check and goes out for a dinner date with his secretary. Cathy has already selected Rick's Cafe Imaginaire, where the food comes from extinct or imaginary animals. They order dragonburgers and salads, with Cheshire Cat ice cream for desert. After the meal, Lady Luck drops by to offer Taylor a job.

Lady Luck wants Taylor to find out the origins of the Nightside. She offers to tell him about his mother in return for his services. Since Taylor wants to know about the origins as much as about his mother, he agrees to take the job. Naturally, Walker tries to dissuade him.

In this story, Taylor consults the wishing well in the Mammon Emporium.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on February 21, 2005
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The Nightside is a dark, seedy place. It's a magical place--always 3 in the morning, where monsters walk among men, where ideas such as love and lust not only run rampant, but actually have personifications. The Nightside is where people go to escape the rest of the world, or are sent because damnation isn't harsh enough for them. Such as Madman, who has witnessed the truth behind the world, and gone insane by it. And Sinner, who was rejected by both Heaven and Hell. And John Taylor.

John has taken on some rough assignments in the past. Hell, he's battled angels and demons--actual angels and demons. He's seen hell is all its glories. But never has John taken on a case like this. He is up against his deadliest and closest enemy--himself. For John has been hired to find the origins of the Nightside, and his quest is a personal vendetta--to find out just who (or what) his missing mother was, and determine if he really is the bringer of destruction, as many seem to think he is. Can John Taylor, a man with a gift and an unbearable curse, really bring about the destruction of the Nightside? And just who is willing to stop him--by any means necessary?

"Hex and the City" is easily the most gripping Nightside adventure yet, because it helps to wrap up many unanswered questions--while creating even more. Simon R. Green has found a superlative narrator in John Taylor, a sympathetic hero up against insurmountable odds. This is a book you will not be able to put down, I guarantee it.
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