The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Volume One of Bobby Dollar

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Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel ...

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Overview


Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.

When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself—the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.

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Bobby Dollar is one conflicted earthbound angel. He's earned his wings, but he can't claim immunity from pride, anger, lust, and probably a few other deadly sins. While he's wrestling with his own angelic failings, he also must cope with some untrustworthy heavenly superiors, a new trainee with all too many questions, and a gorgeous she-demon who keeps his unholy hormones percolating. And then, of course, there is the matter of the mass theft of recently departed souls. Welcome to the dark side of paradise; now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Epic fantasist Williams (A Stark and Wormy Knight) launches a noir fantasy series with a dark and thrilling story of Heaven and Hell battling for human souls. Bad-ass smart-mouth Bobby Dollar, an Earth-bound angel advocate for newly departed souls caught between Heaven and Hell, is appalled when a soul goes missing on his watch. Bobby quickly realizes this is “an actual, honest-to-front-office crisis,” and he sets out to fix it, sparking a chain of hellish events. A gruesome murder, cryptic messages from Heaven, a stolen object, a villainous grand duke of Hell, an elusive secret society, an irresistible succubus, and a dreadful primordial spirit provide the ingredients for a tightly woven, action-packed adventure. Bobby is a scene-stealer from the first page; his gutsiness, determination, and offbeat sense of humor add zest to the pandemonium that erupts around him. Exhilarating action, fascinating characters, and high stakes will leave the reader both satisfied and eager for the next installment. Agent: Matt Bialer, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)
Christopher Paolini

"Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me.... His books are epic, exciting, and filled with fascinating characters. When it comes to inventing imaginary worlds, he’s as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert.... Tad Williams’ work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes. If you like exciting, thought-provoking fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Tad a try."
Patrick Rothfuss

“When I heard that Tad Williams was writing an urban fantasy novel, I got all tingly. Now I've read it, and it’s even better than I’d dared to hope. It’s snarky, fast-paced, and above all, original. You should be tingly, too.”
Tor.com

The Dirty Streets of Heaven is Tad Williams’ first crack at urban fantasy, the start of a new series, and he pretty much hits it out of the park on the first try.... Part urban fantasy, part spy thriller, part hard-boiled adventure, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a worthwhile and entertaining new addition to the genre.”
Seanan McGuire

The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a new breed of urban fantasy, gritty, unrelenting, and yet strangely human. The stakes are high, the costs are real, and all you've got to pay your way is Bobby Dollar.”
Library Journal
As an advocate for souls awaiting the judgment that will determine where they spend the afterlife, an earthbound angel known as Bobby Dollar walks a thin line between his commitment to absolute good and his sympathy for imperfect humanity. But when someone begins stealing the souls of the newly dead before they can face judgment, Bobby must investigate. The celebrated author of such epic fantasies as the "Shadowland" series now tries his hand at urban fantasy with a tough, likeable hero and a multidimensional plot. VERDICT The author's many fans as well as urban fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy Williams's take on Heaven's less desirable places as well as his wry humor and keen insights. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Genre Spotlight feature "Hungry for SF," LJ 8/12.—Ed.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407681
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Bobby Dollar Series , #1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 616,722
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at tadwilliams.com. 
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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    Excellent Urban Fantasy - Gritty, funny, sexy

    If you like Simon Green or Caitlin Kittredge, this is a must read. Fantastic, realistic characters, engaging story line, fast paced edge of your seat at times. Interesting perspective on Heaven/Hell and the relationship of the two. Highly recommend!

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Absorbing

    One of the best novels I've read in quite some time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Great book

    Realy enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Amazing

    Great storyline, amazing writing. All you critics out there must have no life or imagination, this book was fantastic, I can't wait for the others to come out. Outstanding job Williams!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    A lot of little things that added up over time to making this one just okay for me.

    I liked the main character and I liked the plot over all. There was just a lot of little things that added up over time to making this one just okay for me.

    So the set up is that when a person dies, the trial is held in a little pocket dimension near where the death occured to determine the soul's final judgement. An angel and a demon are assigned to argue before a judge to determine which side gets to claim the soul. An interesting idea if it wasn't undercut by your options. Heaven seems to take "ignorance is bliss" to an extreme state, leaving you a blank slate with no memories wandering around blissfully in green fields forever. Hell at least lets you keep your memories and sense of self, but, you know... hell. Since the main character is an advocate angel, this part of the setting doesn't impact his character as much as say any number of the recently deceased he encounters, but it still kind of put me off getting behind his side fully.

    The ending bothered me a bit more than the setting though. There are two mysteries that the main character is trying to solve over the course of the book. And in the end, it doesn't feel like the character solves them. Were in the middle of an action scene when something clicks for our hero, but whatever that was I missed it. It was like both the hero and the author decided at the same time who was going to be the guilty party, and then the guilty party revealed all the information necessary to prove guilt because neither the hero or the author had it available to them before hand. I can't say I'm a fan of mysteries where the vital evidnce to prove someone's guilt is only provided when that person reveals it as part of their confession.

    At this time, I'm not sure if I'll pick up the next book in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Inreresting but........

    Good premise and storyline but it left alot of unanswered questions and left some unsatisfying answers. Would have loved to get more lessons as to hierarchy of the realms as the story's context allow for more interesting reading, understanding and exploration as opposed to cold academic or biased loony sites. I smell the first in a series, at least i hope i do.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Not Tad Williams Best Work

    The Dirty Streets of Heaven was entertaining, but it doesn't rank up there with Williams best work. It a much shorter book than the ones in his Otherland series, so both character and plot development are sketchier than many Williams readers are probably used to. While certainly not identical to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens", there are enough similarities to make Dirty Streets of Heaven seem like a bit of a rip off. Not that people haven't been doing that to Tolkien for years, but because the two books were published within a couple of years of each other, this seems to really stand out. Avid Williams fans will undoubtedly consider this review heresy, but that pretty much would be in line with a book about a troubled angel. I'll probably continue to follow the series because the books are a quick read and entertaining. I just won't have any great expectations for entire new worlds or major contributions to the genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Very interesting

    This was a very engaging story. I really loved the characters and can't wait for the next book in the trilogy.

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