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"a four story anthology from some of urban fantasy's biggest and brightest stars"

The Warrior by Jim Butcher
(A Dresden Files novella)
When someone kidnaps Harry's best friend's daughter, he and Michael set out to find her. The kidnapper wants something that has been entrusted to Harry to guard in exchange for the safe return of Michael's daughter. But Harry soon finds that he may be the one who is truly in danger.

The Difference a Day Makes by Simon R. Green
(A Nightside novella)
P.I. John Taylor has a rare gift for finding things, but when Liza Barclay shows up in the Nightside asking him to find her husband, well, even John finds something that he doesn't expect. And in the Nightside, finding the unexpected can be a rare -- and dangerous -- thing.

The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog by Kat Richardson
(A Greywalker novella)
When a dead woman's will specifically requests Harper Blaine to travel to Mexico with instructions to place a little clay dog on a gravesite, Harper wonders what the significance is of having to do this on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as The Day of the Dead, could be. But soon a ghostly companion joins her and Harper and her new friend set out to solve the unusual mystery.

Noah's Orphans by Thomas E. Sniegoski
(A Remy Chandler novella)
When Remy Chandler, who just happens to be not only an angel, but also a P.I., learns that Noah -- yes, that Noah, has been murdered, he's asked by the Grigori leader, Sariel, to help solve the case. Remy not only finds Noah's murderer, but also a tragic cover-up that goes all the way back to the Great Flood.

Mean Streets is a four story anthology from some of urban fantasy's biggest and brightest stars. For long-time fans of Jim Butcher and Simon Green, these novellas provide a quick fix while awaiting their next novels, and fairly newcomers to the genre, Kat Richardson and Thomas E. Sniegoski, provide more insight into their burgeoning worlds. For those readers who have yet to discover these four phenomenal authors, Mean Streets provides an excellent introduction to them. I'm usually not a huge fan of novellas because I feel they're too abrupt and I'm generally left wanting more. Not so with these stories. I honestly can say that I thoroughly enjoyed each story and I highly recommend it to fans of the urban fantasy genre. Mean Streets is definitely going on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted April 2, 2009

SUMMARY

From four of today’s hottest fantasy authors—all-new novellas of dark nights, cruel cities, and paranormal P.I.s.

The best paranormal private investigators have been brought together in a single volume—and cases don’t come any harder than this.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher delivers a hard-boiled tale in which Harry Dresden’s latest case may be his last.

Nightside dweller John Taylor is hired by a woman to find something she lost—her memory—in a thrilling noir tale from New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green.

National bestselling author Kat Richardson’s Greywalker finds herself in too deep when a “simple job” goes bad and Harper Blaine is enmeshed in a tangle of dark secrets and revenge from beyond the grave.

For centuries, the being that we know as Noah lived among us. Now he is dead, and fallen-angel-turned-detective Remy Chandler has been hired to find out who killed him in a whodunit by national bestselling author Thomas E. Sniegoski.

 

Mean Streets
by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, Thomas E. Sniegoski

Roc
January 1, 2009
Available: January 6, 2009
ISBN #0451462491
EAN #9780451462497
368 pages
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Other Books by
Jim Butcher

Ghost Story
Naked City
Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
Dark and Stormy Knights
Changes
First Lord's Fury
Strange Brew
Turn Coat
Princeps' Fury
Backup
Welcome to the Jungle
Blood Lite
Small Favor
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Captain's Fury
Many Bloody Returns
White Night
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding
Furies of Calderon
Blood Rites
Death Masks
Summer Knight
Grave Peril
Fool Moon
Storm Front


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