Nightingale's Lament by Simon R. Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket Blurb: In the Nightside, the
hidden heart of London where it's always 3 AM, Detective John Taylor
must find an elusive singer known as The Nightingale. Her silken voice
has inexplicably lured many a fan to suicide--and Taylor is determined
to stop her, before the whole neighborhood falls under her trance. But
to catch the swift-winged Nightingale, he'll have to hear the deadly
Book number three in the Nightside series, and just as interesting and entertaining as the previous. The author is definitely starting to hit his stride and many of my complaints with the first book (Something from the Nightside) have been resolved.
John Talyor, in the process of avoiding the Authorities for a tiny little mishap at the power plant, agrees to look in on a new local singing sensation whose voice, it's rumored, drives people to kill themselves. Her Father just wants to know Rossignol okay and happy. John reluctantly agrees if nothing else than to keep himself ahead of the Authority. The rumors prove true and with a bit more digging, a bit of help from his friends, he does more than find out if Miss Rossignol is okay.
This plot felt simpler than the first two books and I think it was stronger for that. Less running around, more methodical sleuthing. We were introduced to a couple of new Nightside characters, but now their biographys don't come across as "info dumps". Our characters are more seamlessly integrated into the story and plot. I also appreciated the new characters rather than having the regulars trotted out for their stage appearance. This gives the whole aspect of Nightside more depth and color, which I like.
And a nod to Mr. Green for the very subtle references to other books. Nicely done! Made for very engaging reading.
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