Nightingale's Lament

Written by: Simon R. Green

Published by: ACE

Reviewed by Ismael Manzano

     For those of you who’ve kept track, this is the third book in Simon R. Green’s Nightside series that I have reviewed for  Yes, I couldn’t help myself; I delved once again into the dark, twisted, sometimes humorous world of the Nightside by reading Nightingales Lament

     The book continues shortly after the end of the Angel Wars in the last book with John Taylor, private eye and would-be-King—some say—rolling in the dough, courtesy of the Vatican for his help in obtaining the Unholy Grail.  Wealth has provided John with the option to pick and choose his cases with discretion while still earning a living. 

     Nightingale’s Lament starts off with John botching a job while investigating a saboteur at the Nightside’s most productive power plant.  The result, the Nightside lost some twelve percent of his power supply and Walker, the voice of the Authorities—the only true law in the Nightside—is out to get him for all the damage he caused by following his conscience.

     John is looking to lay low for a while, but when a strange Frenchman approaches him with a new case, his need for adventure doesn’t let him say no.  The case, locate the man’s daughter, Rossignol, and make sure she’s okay.  Simple enough, except that Rossignol is the Nightside’s newest and brightest up and coming singing sensation, under the blanket of the Nightside’s most fiercest and untouchable business couple, the Cavendishes.  Rumors about their power, influence and tactics are almost as widely spread as his own, but John has never been one to let a little thing like a bad reputation stop him from doing his job—especially when his own bad reputation has served him so well in the past.

     The case proves to be more difficult than even John imagined when the rumors of people committing suicide after attending Rossignol’s concerts turn out to be extremely true.  And while it is obvious that she’s under the Cavendishes’ control, he can’t figure out exactly how or what to do about it.  To make matter’s worse, the Cavendishes’ themselves aren’t at all intimidated by John Taylor’s infamous reputation and for the first time ever, he’s forced into a situation he can not bluff his way out of.  Can John Taylor find out the source of the Cavendishes’ hold over the deadly songstress while avoiding Walker’s wrath and the enemies that have been lurking around every corner to catch him since he was a boy?

     Nightingale’s Lament is yet another well written, gritty, detective noir book that is as fun to read as it is hard to put down.  Green has done a great job constructing a protagonist that borders the line between hero and anti-hero, and is only morally superior to most because the Nightside is almost completely devoid of morals.  Another great job; another must read. 


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