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The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Volume One of Bobby Dollar [Kindle Edition]

Tad Williams
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth. When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad.

Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them. You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself—the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.


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"Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me.... His books are epic, exciting, and filled with fascinating characters. When it comes to inventing imaginary worlds, he’s as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert.... Tad Williams’ work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes. If you like exciting, thought-provoking fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Tad a try."
(Christopher Paolini, NYT bestselling author of Eragon)

"Exhilarating action, fascinating characters, and high stakes will leave the reader both satisfied and eager for the next installment."
(Publishers Weekly (Starred Review))

"A tough, likeable hero and a multidimensional plot.... The author’s many fans as well as urban fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy Williams’s take on Heaven’s less desirable places as well as his wry humor and keen insights."
(Library Journal (Starred Review))

"With a hint of detective noir, a colourful cast of characters and fast-paced, witty dialogue, The Dirty Secrets of Heaven is a fantastically fun read."
(Amazon.co.uk (Editors' Pick))

"Williams does a brilliant job.... Made me laugh. Made me curious. Impressed me with its cleverness. Made me hungry for the next book. Kept me up late at night when I should have been sleeping."
(Patrick Rothfuss, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle)

"Part urban fantasy, part spy thriller, part hard-boiled adventure, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a worthwhile and entertaining new addition to the genre, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Tad Williams takes us next time."
(Tor.com)

"The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a new breed of urban fantasy, gritty, unrelenting, and yet strangely human. The stakes are high, the costs are real, and all you've got to pay your way is Bobby Dollar."
(Seanan McGuire, NYT bestselling author of Ashes of Honor)

About the Author

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at tadwilliams.com. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007P7HZHM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amusement Park Ride Through Theology August 1, 2012
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Bobby Dollar is a fast-talking, wiseacre angel advocate for the recently demised. This book is so well and tightly written that if the author's name was removed from my copy and I had to guess who wrote it I'd guess Aaron Sorkin. Now, Tad Williams, if you're reading this review I'm not detracting anything from you, it's meant as a compliment.

In The Dirty Streets of Heaven we're introduced to the parallel real estate beyond the "zipper" where the fresh souls of the newly departed are up for grabs and the decision to send them on the up or down elevator is debated by the Angel Advocates and the Prosecutor Demons. They argue the merits of the departed before the Principalities Judge. The lesser angels and demons appear on sight by a short step out of earthly reality but the Principalities, we are told, appear on scene like silent lightening and we learn the important angels are bright and beautiful with a lot of scary in them.

Dollar tells us that it's pretty darn interesting being an angel; that he's not met God yet; it's not clear what religion is right and though he'd like to explain Heaven it's kind of complicated. Reading this book is like taking an amusement park ride through Theology. Bobby Dollar is actually sort of a community activist for us mortals and has all the foibles we humans suffer including a taste for demon rum and a little lust now and again.

The Dirty Streets of Heaven really gets rolling along with the death of a Captain of Industry in the Silicon Valley. When his soul disappears, something that has never happened before in the history of, well, history, both sides are upset, distressed, and go a little berserk. The dark side sends in a Fixer known only as the Countess, a shapely vixen who immediately gets the attention of Bobby.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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I am familiar with Tad Williams by reputation, but had not read him; I picked up the book for its description more than the author, and I have to say I understand why Williams has a following. The world-building in this urban fantasy novel is seamless. Its depth does change the experience of reading a bit. Much of the urban fantasy I read zips along like a Summer blockbuster, a light and enjoyable experience without a ton of depth. This, by contrast, is a pretty meaty book. I took the time to fully experience it, and I was glad I did. Williams may have departed from his usual genre, but he clearly brings with him the tools of a master. Right down to the infomercial playing on t.v. during one intimate scene, he creates a world of such depth and consistency that it feels completely three-dimensional, entirely real. No small feat, given that our major players include angels, demons and a cursed werepig.

In the finer tradition of urban fantasy, which owes quite a debt to film noir, Williams' characters are morally nuanced. As hinted by the title, "the dirty streets of heaven", good and evil are not so clearly delineated. Told from the tight perspective of its titular hero, it doesn't try to detail every angel or demon, but it gives enough insight to those who are closest to the hero to make it obvious that you can't judge by the trappings or even necessarily by the actions.

Inside this morally-nuanced, three-dimensional world is an engaging mystery that offers good closure. I sometimes flinch away from books that broadcast themselves as "Volume One" - I don't have the memory I once did, and epic fiction can lose me as I wait between books. I appreciate that Williams managed to leave me feeling satisfied by this story, while at the same time leaving enough open-ended in Dollar's world that I'll want to immerse again with book two.

I thought it was wonderful. I recommend.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has it's good and bad points... August 30, 2012
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Part old timey crime story feel, part fantasy. Bobby Dollar is an angel, working as an advocate here on earth. Advocate being just what it sounds like - a lawyer type. You die and he's there waiting to fight for your soul in a hearing. Fighting who? The other side of course. Yeah... that other side. Luckily there's not much that is bad enough to send you to the dark side, so his job is pretty easy. Easy until weird things start happening, like an unprepared angel being sent down to work with the advocates. Souls disappearing that should not. Deaths that should not happen. There's Bobby stuck in the middle of it all, having to figure out why. Oh, and he's got girl troubles to deal with too.

Unlike many others, I did not know this author before now, so I didn't know what to expect. I was both pleased and disappointed. The problem is that by page 100 or so, I honestly still did not yet care about Bobby at all. That is a serious problem. It made reading this book, getting into it, difficult. Then again, I did like the concept. I liked the judgment scenes. I like books such as this one that blend "good" and "evil" and show that sometimes the good guys are not ALL good and the bad guys not ALL bad, that they can interact with one other, be real people (or in this case angels and demons living as people). I liked that these beings were not all knowing super duper beings (ex. Bobbly comes home to find someone has been looking for him - yay the bad guys didn't just use some paranormal GPS to find him and instead had to go leave their calling card at his home, likewise Bobby had to work out on his own just what in the heck was going on, including by seeking out some unsavory folks and getting a little too mixed up with them).

While I wasn't madly in love with this, I also didn't hate it. I wouldn't go out of my way to read further books in the series, but I might consider reading them if I stumbled upon them when I was in the right mood.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your a erag angel. He has atitude.
Fun read and a wild ride with B. Dollar, an angel with questions. Yep,, he's pissed off the team below. Can't wait for book three. Fun series by a fave author.
Published 7 days ago by W. Pollard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book....I don't read reviews beforehand, too many spoilers but it got good star ratings from most everyone so I gave it a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cedar bird
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story and a fun idea.
Bobby Dollar is an angel who works on Earth, fighting for the souls of the recently deceased. But when a soul goes missing, Bobby finds himself in dangerous waters, surrounded by... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Thomas R. Manning
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
Tad WIlliams is one of my all time favorite authors! He does no disappoint with his newest series. Such a good read!!!!
Published 21 days ago by Justin Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Suspense!
Unique concept of story combing mystery and humor. A fun idea about a subject we could all debate. Thanks Tad!
Published 29 days ago by Barry Betz
4.0 out of 5 stars an entertaining read
Something a bit different. Definitely part of a series. Good characters, diabolical politics at play... Still guessing at the end of the book.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better
As a fan of his earlier work, I find that Tad has not lost his penchant to be wordy. This novel should have been shorter. But I think he needed better ideas. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill Durkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed and absent of any development
Tad William's novel has potential (the premise is interesting, albeit underdeveloped) but it lacks in many departments. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fernando
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Harry Dresden, give Bobby Dollar a try! (audiobook review)
Bobby Dollar's voice and sense of humor is reminiscent of Harry Dresden's, giving this book a similar "feel", but the storyline is purely original. Read more
Published 1 month ago by twinsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely entertaining
Imagine if you took "Men in Black," "L.A. Confidential," and "It's a Wonderful Life" and put them in a blender. Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tinks
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Former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and inventor of interactive sci-fi television, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His 'Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' series established him as an internationally bestselling fantasy author. The series that followed, 'Otherland', is now a multi-million-dollar MMO launching in 2012 from dtp/realU/Gamigo. Tad is also the author of the fantasy series, the 'Shadowmarch' books; the stand-alone Faerie epic, 'The War of the Flowers'; two collections of short stories ('Rite' and 'A Stark and Wormy Knight'), the Shakespearian fantasy 'Caliban's Hour' and, with his partner & collaborator Deborah Beale, the childrens'/all-ages fantasy series, the 'Ordinary Farm' novels. Coming in September 2012 are the Bobby Dollar novels, fantasy thrillers set again the backdrop of the monstrously ancient cold war between Heaven and Hell: the first is 'The Dirty Streets of Heaven.'

Tad is also the author of 'Tailchaser's Song': his first novel spawned the subgenre of cats and fantasy that we see widely today. 'Tailchaser's Song' is currently in preproduction as an animated film from Animetropolis/IDA.

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