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The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Volume One of Bobby Dollar Hardcover – September 4, 2012
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"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
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good new read. As ever Tad does not disappoint! Will be reading the rest of the series. A real departure from previous seriesPublished 24 days ago by Linda R
The writing was what I expect from Tad Williams--imaginative, tight, well paced, entertaining. The end felt a bit abrupt, as if the author tired of the story or split one book into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bobby Dollar is an honest-to-God angel. But he’s not the kind that sits around on a cloud all day strumming a tune. Oh no. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. A Weston
I have found the Bobby Dollar series an immensely creative and entertaining read. I look forward to more from Tad Williams.Published 3 months ago by Michael
This book feels like it written by a 16-year old boy with a decent writing talent who read The Dresden Files and decided he wanted to do that too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karri
Quite original, funny in parts and fast paced. Now reading 2nd onePublished 4 months ago by Sally Browning
Fell in love with Tad williams' books 20 years ago and the love never faded 😊
Thank you, Tad, for these beautiful journeys! xx
This is an exquisitely talented fantasy writer. He may make some choices that don't affect you the right way at times, but overall he'll always deliver a captivating story and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by yojimbo