Hex and the City by Simon R. Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Jacket blurb: Lady Luck has hired John
Taylor to investigate the origins of the Nightside--the dark heart of
London where it's always 3 A.M. But when he starts to uncover facts
about his long-vanished mother, the Nightside--and all of existence--
could be snuffed out.
I finished this on my flights from Minnesota to Texas. Absolutely perfect for traveling...actually just perfect period!
John Taylor, our Nightside private eye, accepts a job from Lady Luck to find the origins of Nightside. A lot of people don't want him digging around in those murky depths, including Walker from the Authorities, The Hunter, and the Horrors - the entities who want John dead. John engages two new characters - Sinner, a fellow who's living his own purgatory because he loves a demon named Pretty Poison; and Madman, who saw reality for what it really was and hasn't been able to see things the same way ever since. In John's journeys he encounters gods from days gone by and characters that can make the skin crawl on a dead man, but the biggest surprise is Lady Luck herself.
Green's writing is definitely progressing and solidifying - the new character 'biographies' are becoming more integrated into the story rather than coming across as info dumps. The new characters themselves are just amazing in their creativity and uniqueness. Green has a subtle - almost wicked - sense of humor that keeps me turning the pages just to see what he will come up with next. I find the length of these books just perfect for the setting, something that I can enjoy over a couple of days or on a trip.
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