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The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside) [Kindle Edition]

Simon R. Green
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The publisher of The Unnatural Inquirer?the Nightside?s most notorious rag?has offered John Taylor one million pounds to find a man who claims to have evidence of the afterlife stored on a DVD. The Inquirer made the guy a sweet deal. Then he and the disc vanished. And if Taylor?s not careful, he may be next.

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From Publishers Weekly

The engaging eighth book in Green's popular offbeat Nightside series (after 2006's Hell to Pay) drops another paranormal mystery in the lap of series hero John Taylor, a PI in the shadowy realm of Nightside. Pen Donavon, who claims to have a DVD depicting actual footage of the afterlife, has vanished shortly after signing an exclusive deal with the tabloid Unnatural Inquirer. Various factions seeking to control the Nightside are leaving a considerable body count behind as they hunt for him. Accompanied by sexy half-demon reporter Bettie Divine, Taylor navigates the treacherous terrain with his typical skill before tracking down the real force behind Donavon's disappearance. 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.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

John Taylor has another one of those days, beginning with a showdown at the defunct Nightside carnival between the Voodoo Apostate, the gods he tried to dominate, and Taylor. Next, a call from the editor of the Unnatural Enquirer asking Taylor to find a man who disappeared en route to deliver an afterlife recording he had just sold the rights to. Teamed with a half-succubus demon-girl reporter, Taylor visits the Nightside’s key players and politics as people jockey to replace the recently destroyed authorities. Meanwhile, some heavy-duty characters also seek the recording. More fast, fun, adventurous detection in a setting in which nearly anything’s possible. --Regina Schroeder

Product Details

  • File Size: 257 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0441015581
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the Nightside (4.5 stars) January 5, 2008
The Nightside is London at its worst, always at 3:00 AM. As PI John Taylor says, "the place runs on irony." Legends, living and dead, walk the streets and lives are cheap.

In this 8th Nightside saga, Pen Donovan has allegedly made an Afterlife Recording on DVD. "The Unnatural Inquirer," Nightside's version of a supermarket tabloid, contracted to buy the recording from him and Donovan disappeared.

It's the Nightside, and there are many people who'd want the recording. Walker, the Voice of the former Authorities, wants the recording destroyed because of the havoc it would wreak. The inhabitants of the Street of the Gods simply do not want to know. The Collector, who'd stop at nothing to get what he wants, would love to add such an item to his hoard.

Scoop Malloy, the second editor, calls John Taylor in to find Donovan and bring back the recording. Only condition: their reporter Bettie Divine, who is a half succubus, must accompany John.

Simple, all John has to do is focus his Powers on finding the recording and they're done. Unfortunately, someone's blocked him, so he has to resort to good old-fashioned detective work, going from place to place interviewing the prime suspects. Ah, this is why detectives earned the name 'gumshoe' in the first place.

In order to find the DVD, John and Bettie practically do a traveloque of the Nightside's hot spots and most nefarious residents, from Hawk's Wind Bar and Grille, home of the 60's in the Nightside, to Kid Cthulhu and his warrior sorcerers, the Buckeroo Gang.

"The Unnatural Inquirer" was a good fun read all the way through. Green's a splendid character writer and humorist and he does keep you reading.

What I found interesting in this case was adding Bettie Divine to the mix.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun tale and an enjoyable read. January 4, 2008
By C. Good
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_The Unnatural Inquirer_ is the eighth book in Green's Nightside series, and it is a good detective story. For those not familiar with the Nightside, it is the rotten supernatural heart of London, where it is always 3 A.M. and anything and everything is for sale. The Nightside was created to be outside the domains of either Heaven or Hell, and a lot of strange and powerful characters make their home in the Nightside. John Taylor is a cynical and hard-boiled private investigator along the same lines as Chandler's character Philip Marlowe; unlike Marlowe, John has some very powerful abilities of his own and can be quite cold-blooded and ruthless if he's pushed.

The book opens with a brief lost-person and lost-item case for John Taylor to solve. After dealing with that case John gets a call from the offices of the "Unnatural Inquirer", the cheapest and most scandal-mongering tabloid in the Nightside. The Unnatural Inquirer has purchased exclusive rights to a DVD which shows a transmission from the afterlife, but the DVD and its owner have disappeared and it's up to John to find them.

As in "Hell to Pay", something or someone shuts down John's gift for finding things. John resorts to the time-tested P.I. tradition of tracking down and either cajoling, interrogating, or threatening anyone who might have a lead in the case. In their determination to get SOME kind of story out of this no matter what, the staff of the Unnatural Inquirer have assigned Bettie Divine to be a partner for John and follow his every move.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightside noir January 14, 2008
Simon R. Green's Nightside is the REAL dark side of London -- a city full of sleazy supernaturals and dark secrets, perpetually locked in night.

And "The Unnatural Inquirer" is Simon R. Green's eighth fantasy-noir set in the Nightside -- it's full of weird crimes, crazy inhabitants, and strange power grabs. This isn't quite Green's best, but it has his usual solid blend of mystery, horror, fantasy and dark humour.

As the story opens, John Taylor and his new love Suzie Shotgun are dealing with voodoo mayhem at a gruesome adult carnival. But then Cathy sends him a new assignment, working for the sleazy tabloid The Unnatural Inquirer. Apparently a guy named Pen Donovan somehow recorded a vision of the afterlife on a DVD -- nobody knows whether it was heaven or hell -- and then disappeared.

As with anything important, a lot of people in the Nightside want that DVD. And with a perky half-demon paparazzi beside him, Taylor starts prowling all the possible locations. But not only are the people he encounters dangerous, but something is pursuing them and erasing the nastier ones. Is the DVD truly a sight of the afterlife -- and is it worth dying for?

Futuristic ice queens, space generals, Lovecraft homages, an evil King Arthur, corrupt cardinals and the offspring of a succubus and a wayward Rolling Stone -- Green certainly knows how to keep the Nightside series interesting. Though the Nightside is not the sort of place you'd want to visit -- let alone live in -- it makes for a wonderful horror-noir read.

As with many of the other Nightside books, this a straight-line kind of mystery, where the hero investigates A, B, C and D before he finding the right person. And Green fills it with deliciously weird baddies (Kid Cthulhu?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
The funny lines !!! The humor !!
The fascinating twists and turns in the plot ; you never know what is going to happen, or to whom or when a nightside novel;familiar places,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Best Moms Choice
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Green
Simon Green and his Nightside series are great reads.
I have collected the series now and enjoy each new installment.
Published 12 months ago by S. Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good condition.
It is a good book and came in great condition. A note of caution though, the nightside series pokes fun at religion and reality itself.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Leoplurodon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Nightside
I love this series, every one of them. I wish Simon Green would write more. It's a whole different world in the Nightside, but one that that is filled with enough of the reality of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Nightside book
I really like the Nightside series with John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie, Walker and all the other characters in this strange and weird city in a city. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good One
Fun and easy to read. These are great bed time stories for adults. Most of the series are short books and can be read in a couple of evenings. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Unique Reading!
I'm a nitpicker so there are little things I could write about "The Nightside" series but it's not enough to worry about. Read more
Published 18 months ago by areasmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird
A chapter in the series where a lot of Taylor's partners don't show up very much and this shows ho w much of a badass he really is
Published 19 months ago by josh willard
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Nightside Novel!
The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside #9) by Simon R. Green is yet another fantastic addition to Green's Nightside series. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by John A. Primo
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Profit, the true motivation for everything....
The Nightside: a place extant without influence from Above or Below. If you want it, you can find it in the Nightside... if it doesn't find you first. Read more
Published on January 27, 2012 by Allan Sherwood
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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.

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Could be worse. Ace has digitized (kindled) all the Nightside books EXCEPT for this one. Even the newest one is available. Wakeup Ace!
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I wish I knew. I'm waiting to read 9 until the kindle 8! HURRY UP ALREADY ACE!
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