"Delightful private investigative fantasy tale"
Private investigator John Taylor works London's Nightside
where gods, angels, demons and monsters hang out at three
in the morning. He currently meets with Jessica Sorrow,
perhaps the most dangerous essence in town. She believes
in nothing so strongly she can turn anyone into
nothingness. He survives that encounter at St. Jude, the
only church in town, by giving her something to believe
in her childhood teddy bear.
As John leaves, he sees a bedraggled soul shouting he owns
the Grail. John wonders if the Holy Grail may actually be
in Nightside. He begins a search, but this is not Jesus'
Last Supper cup. This artifact is Judas' Unholy Grail
also from the treacherous Last Supper. John knows that if
he finds the evil cup, he must be extra cautious. He
fears its power to corrupt the most innocent soul. He
also knows all the creatures of the night want the evil
goblet that would give them immense power.
The NIGHTSIDE novels are a great blending of Lovecraft and
Holmes that becomes a delightful private investigative
fantasy tale. The latest entry is an action-packed
thriller in which John searches for the Unholy Grail while
the AGENTS OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS plan to take away the
object if he succeeds on his quest. John is a tremendous
protagonist who serves as the focus that makes this eerie
center of weirdness seem real. Anyone who appreciates a
well-written offbeat story will want to journey to
Nightside. However, upon return to reality fans will
ponder what type of mind could create such an awesome
strange story like this one.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 6, 2003