The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside Series #8)

The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside Series #8)

by Simon R. Green

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Overview

John Taylor’s the name. I’m a PI working a small slice of mystical real estate in the hidden centre of London. It’s a place where the sun refuses to rise, where monsters and men walk side by side. And if you want something found in the Nightside, I’m your man.
           
The editor of the Unnatural Inquirer—the Nightside’s most notorious rag—has offered me 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.
I don’t know if the disc is on the level—but for a million pounds, I’m willing to believe. Trouble is, someone else—someone very powerful—is on the trail, too. And who—or what—ever it is, is deadly determined to find the disc first…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441016679
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Series: Nightside Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 357,025
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include the Secret Histories Novels, the Novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series,  Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in England.

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The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside Series #8) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Novel_Musings More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the Nightside, the dark seeded underbelly of London. Where sin is sold on every corner and nightmares and fantasies have a way of coming true. Once you stop by you may never want to leave, if you still have the choice. This is the world that Private Investigator John Taylor calls home. John Taylor is a man known for finding things, and this time Nightside's own gossip magazine "The Unnatural Inquirer" wants John to find an unverified recording of the afterlife, as always John Taylor is thrust into the middle of a power struggle going on between the major players of the Nightside. This is the 8th book in the Nightside series by Simon R. Green most noticeably known for his Deathstalker novels. Surprisingly Simon R. Green resolved the major story arc he injected into his Nightside series in book 6, leading readers to wonder if he was finished or if subsequent books would be worth reading. However I continue to be pleasantly surprised with these novels and how he continues the story of John Taylor. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of each novel is the mini story arcs contained in each book. These short quickly resolved mini quests reveal more depth and detail to the Nightside. Although you will find the characters have little depth regardless of the back history attached to them, I highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy a little mischief and have a wry sense of humor. This book and others in the series are most enjoyable at those strange hours of the night when sleep is hard to come by as they are short quick reads that are immensely enjoyable. ~ Matthew @ novelmusings.com
Melodyofurdemise More than 1 year ago
This series is always good. The books have a lot of surprises and witty humor. This book in particular added more depth to John Taylor. He has his new relationship with Suzie Shooter, but another woman comes into the scene...a woman who can touch him without issues. John seems to make a choice and does think about another relationship, something more normal. I think it's good for his character to still learn more things about himself.
Millenium-Child More than 1 year ago
This book follows the familiar formula as the preceding books in the series - although there is not the same amount of detective work and related action throughout the novel - especially near the end when the 'mystery' is solved. The secondary plot attempting to spin a romantic angle with the reporter is insuffiently developed (Susie may have had more to say about this - or surely done more!). The ending was rather disappointing as well. A more exciting conclusion may have been John attempting to collect his fee from the Unnatural Enquirer now that his client is deceased, considering the offices are not in the Nightside itself. Overall, the author's reliance on John's reputation to get him out of tight situations rather than coming up with new solutions is becoming a tiresome and overused cliche'.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Nightside. Everyone's favorite guilty pleasure that they can't ever leave behind. Literally. And, I must confess, I'm one of those who got sucked into the Nightside years ago, tried to get out, and now am back because I just couldn't resist. I used to be a pretty hard-core fan, always picking up the latest Nightside novel as soon as it hit shelves. But after I read Hell to Pay a few years ago, I stopped paying attention to the Nightside. It's hard to explain, but I just wasn't as enchanted by it anymore, and I had grown somewhat bored of it, so I stopped reading cold turkey. Then, I recently read the news that the series was going to end, with the final novel hitting shelves early next year. After constantly seeing the dark and fascinating covers of the Nightside novels as they continued, I thought it was finally time to go back.Returning to the Nightside after being gone for so long was like visiting with old friends -who haven't changed at all in the meantime. I slipped easily back into the Nightside world, again discovering what exactly it was about the dark world that originally captivated me. This time around, our hero John Taylor, sets off to find a DVD for the horrible tabloid rag The Unnatural Inquirer that could contain some an actual recording of the afterlife. With Shotgun Suzie in tow, it's never just the simple.It's really funny reading this book now, especially with everything going on with Rupert Murdoch and News of the World's wiretapping. The way that Green describes The Unnatural Inquirer sounds almost exactly like what's going on Murdoch, but taking to an even bigger extreme. While Green wrote this story years ago, it's funny to see how closely it parallels current events.It really was great getting back to the Nightside. Now that it looks like the series has a clear ending and a stronger focus on where it's going, it's far more enjoyable. I almost hate to admit it, but I've been sucked back into the Nightside and I don't want to leave.
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Taylor is hired by the Nightside gossip sheet to find an intercepted transmission showing the afterlife. This reads like a tour of the Nightside. A fun read but not much to the story.
lookitisheef on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am never disappointed when I pick up the next installment of the Nightside series. Noir detective meets the supernatural, with so many different characters and backstories you never get bored.Once again, John Taylor is on the case, this time he has been asked to find a DVD which provides proof of an afterlife. This time he has a plucky sidekick - an investigative reporter (who happens to be part succubus). If you've read all the previous Nightside novels, this is another good read to add to the shelf.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 8th book in the Nightside series by Simon Green. It followed much in the pattern of the last book. Which is to say, it was okay.In this book someone has promised the Unnatural Inquirer (a Nightside tabloid) exclusive rights to a DVD recording from the Afterlife. The Unnatural Inquirer hires John Taylor to find it when it goes missing. They send Betty Divine along with him to document his findings along the way.This book was just okay. The series seems to have lost some of it's interest and urgency with the completion of the over-arcing story in "Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth". I am still confused why the series didn't end with that book. The only thing that is left mysteriously unanswered is where Walker's power is coming from now that the Authorities are dead.This seemed like another transition book. Really I would only think you'd need one of those to wrap up the first main story. Somehow all the characters in this book seem tired and bored. Betty Divine was a pitiful sidekick. She was clingy and unhelpful and painfully uninteresting. Many of the quips that were so amusing up to this point are starting to seem overused. The creativity that amuses me so much was there, but not to the degree it normally is.Overall this book was a quick, well-written, and fun read...but it was also a bit disappointing as we wait for something big and interesting to start happening again. Hopefully the next book will be better.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hope a future book takes place entirely in the evil carnival...how fun would that be? John Taylor and a succubus reporter are on the trail of a DVD that contains a message from heaven or hell. Love this series. Too fun!
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While not my favorite Nightside book, this is still a better than average read by Simon Green. John Taylor is hired by the Nightside's most infamous gossip rag to locate the man who sold them a recording from the afterlife and then disappeared. He's unwillingly partnered with half-demon reporter Bettie. The ending of the central mystery is actually very satisfying,and there's the usual treat of truly odd characters and places that makes Green's Nightside special, but John seems to be having too easy of a time of it. He's grown so powerful that there's almost no suspense, just curiosity for how he'll get himself out of whatever he's gotten himself into. I think the central drama was supposed to be the temptation Bettie posed to his hands-off love affair with Shotgun Suzie, but Bettie was too annoying to make it convincing. With no real danger, either to John's life or his heart, I found this episode lacked the usual page-turning quality of the other Nightside books.
LaserWraith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many phrases are repeated throughout the series, which makes them become somewhat flat. But I still like the sarcasm; however, it isn't as good as what Harry Dresden can do.
taijiman More than 1 year ago
One of his better books.
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I have yet to be let down with one of these books. The subjects and characters continue to keep my interest. Some books don't have the constant action,but that is a nice change of pace for me.
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Unnatural Inquirer takesyou deep into the nightside and its newspapers. Just another amazing update to the John Taylor story.
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