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The Unnatural Inquirer (Nightside Series #8) [NOOK Book]

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The publisher of The Unnatural Inquirer?the Nightside's most notorious rag?has offered John Taylor one million pounds to find a man who claims to have evidence of the afterlife stored on a DVD. The Inquirer made the guy a sweet deal. Then he and the disc vanished. And if Taylor's not careful, he may be next.


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Overview

The publisher of The Unnatural Inquirer?the Nightside's most notorious rag?has offered John Taylor one million pounds to find a man who claims to have evidence of the afterlife stored on a DVD. The Inquirer made the guy a sweet deal. Then he and the disc vanished. And if Taylor's not careful, he may be next.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The engaging eighth book in Green's popular offbeat Nightside series (after 2006's Hell to Pay) drops another paranormal mystery in the lap of series hero John Taylor, a PI in the shadowy realm of Nightside. Pen Donavon, who claims to have a DVD depicting actual footage of the afterlife, has vanished shortly after signing an exclusive deal with the tabloid Unnatural Inquirer. Various factions seeking to control the Nightside are leaving a considerable body count behind as they hunt for him. Accompanied by sexy half-demon reporter Bettie Divine, Taylor navigates the treacherous terrain with his typical skill before tracking down the real force behind Donavon's disappearance. Green skillfully blends action and humor, and shows no sign of running out of ideas. This installment will undoubtedly rope in new readers who enjoy his blend of dark humor and the supernatural. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

The engaging eighth book in Green's popular offbeat Nightside series (after 2006's Hell to Pay) drops another paranormal mystery in the lap of series hero John Taylor, a PI in the shadowy realm of Nightside. Pen Donavon, who claims to have a DVD depicting actual footage of the afterlife, has vanished shortly after signing an exclusive deal with the tabloid Unnatural Inquirer. Various factions seeking to control the Nightside are leaving a considerable body count behind as they hunt for him. Accompanied by sexy half-demon reporter Bettie Divine, Taylor navigates the treacherous terrain with his typical skill before tracking down the real force behind Donavon's disappearance. Green skillfully blends action and humor, and shows no sign of running out of ideas. This installment will undoubtedly rope in new readers who enjoy his blend of dark humor and the supernatural. (Jan.)

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Kirkus Reviews
The magical noir subgenre has become very crowded lately, but Green claims his own enjoyably edgy piece of it with this eighth Nightside novel (Hell to Pay, 2006, etc.), set in a perpetually dark corner of London inhabited by gods, demons and other less savory denizens. Private investigator John Taylor, possessed of a magical gift that allows him to find just about anything, accepts the infamous tabloid the Unnatural Inquirer as a client. Accompanied by adorable half-demon reporter Bettie Divine, he is tasked with locating Pen Donavon, who offered the Inquirer exclusive rights to a DVD that allegedly contains proof of the Afterlife-and then disappeared. Unfortunately, someone is blocking Taylor's gift. Can Taylor still find Donavon before one of several interested parties gets to him first? Taylor is great fun. Unlike some other noir PIs, he isn't perpetually getting kicked to the curb. To the contrary, he refuses to take guff from anyone, and he has the power (or at least the sinister reputation) to back him up. A dryly humorous, darkly quirky vacation from mundane reality.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101208830
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Nightside Series , #8
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 59,761
  • File size: 211 KB

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.


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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    The One and Only Unnatural Inquirer of the Nightside

    Welcome to the Nightside, the dark seeded underbelly of London. Where sin is sold on every corner and nightmares and fantasies have a way of coming true. Once you stop by you may never want to leave, if you still have the choice. This is the world that Private Investigator John Taylor calls home. John Taylor is a man known for finding things, and this time Nightside's own gossip magazine "The Unnatural Inquirer" wants John to find an unverified recording of the afterlife, as always John Taylor is thrust into the middle of a power struggle going on between the major players of the Nightside.

    This is the 8th book in the Nightside series by Simon R. Green most noticeably known for his Deathstalker novels. Surprisingly Simon R. Green resolved the major story arc he injected into his Nightside series in book 6, leading readers to wonder if he was finished or if subsequent books would be worth reading. However I continue to be pleasantly surprised with these novels and how he continues the story of John Taylor.

    Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of each novel is the mini story arcs contained in each book. These short quickly resolved mini quests reveal more depth and detail to the Nightside. Although you will find the characters have little depth regardless of the back history attached to them, I highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy a little mischief and have a wry sense of humor. This book and others in the series are most enjoyable at those strange hours of the night when sleep is hard to come by as they are short quick reads that are immensely enjoyable.

    ~ Matthew @ novelmusings.com

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2009

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    Good stuff

    This series is always good. The books have a lot of surprises and witty humor. This book in particular added more depth to John Taylor. He has his new relationship with Suzie Shooter, but another woman comes into the scene...a woman who can touch him without issues. John seems to make a choice and does think about another relationship, something more normal. I think it's good for his character to still learn more things about himself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

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    Unnatural Enquirer - Nice Headline, attention getter.

    This book follows the familiar formula as the preceding books in the series - although there is not the same amount of detective work and related action throughout the novel - especially near the end when the 'mystery' is solved. The secondary plot attempting to spin a romantic angle with the reporter is insuffiently developed (Susie may have had more to say about this - or surely done more!).

    The ending was rather disappointing as well. A more exciting conclusion may have been John attempting to collect his fee from the Unnatural Enquirer now that his client is deceased, considering the offices are not in the Nightside itself.

    Overall, the author's reliance on John's reputation to get him out of tight situations rather than coming up with new solutions is becoming a tiresome and overused cliche'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    One of his better books.

    One of his better books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Highly recommend

    I have yet to be let down with one of these books. The subjects and characters continue to keep my interest. Some books don't have the constant action,but that is a nice change of pace for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    A awesome view of the Nightside

    Unnatural Inquirer takesyou deep into the nightside and its newspapers. Just another amazing update to the John Taylor story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    Highly Recommended 5 stars

    Once you step into the world of John Taylor you will never want to leave. The whole series is a must read...

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    another great installment

    keep reading the series it always is a blast! not one of my faves but still a good and interesting read

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Unnatural Inquirer

    Once again we are taken into that extra special section of London where the natural and unnatural all mingle together searching for thrills. The part of town where tourists tend to disappear and where John Taylor is the man you go to if you absolutely have to find something.

    If you have read any of the other Nightside tales this book is much the same. It's another tale of John Taylor as he struggles to make ends meet as a private eye in the darkest part of London. The case that walks thru his door is a simple one. The local gossip magazine was offered a special DVD by a local man. What was on the DVD? Only proof of the afterlife, nothing special. Unfortunately, the seller has gone missing and the magazine wants John to find him.

    As I said it is very similar to most of the other Nightside novels. Simon Green does a good job of crafting a private eye tale with the standard twists and turns of a crime drama while setting the action in a dark and disturbing setting. Overall the story is not complex, but is enjoyable especially if you like mysteries mixed with monsters.

    The characters in the Nightside novels have their unique issues which brings them to life in Green's prose. This novel in particular highlighted parts John's character in the interplay between his client and their interactions. Having read the previous novels I found this one expanded on John Taylor a little more than the previous novels.

    The Nightside novels are good for a quick escape from the world. The characters are interesting and the stories keep you reading and this one was no exception.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Nightside novels are always a fun read.

    "Oringinality" and "Offbeat" kind of define the Nightside novels. I'm always delighted to read them due to there fast pace, interesting characters, and dark humor.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Simon R Green again gives us a quirky, exciting and challenging escape, while each story is complete they leave me counting the days for the next story.

    Simon R Green again takes me away from the everyday into the dark kaleidoscope which is the nightside. He combines humor and the macabre almost seemlesly. I wish he could turn out more as I find myself rereading the other books in the series while I wait for the next.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Another great installment

    This novel is on par with all of Simon Green's dark side novels.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    UnNatural Inquirer is naturally good reading

    The unnatural inquirer is the 8th book of the Nightside series featuring John Taylor (PI with a special and deadly talent). Just like all of the books in the series, the Unnatural Inquirer mixes fantasy and folklore with contemporary fiction to engage the reader along John Taylor's extraordinary life and adventures. One does not have to read the other books in the series to appreciate this one, but it does help. This book and the rest in the series is good for people who like mythology, folklore, science fiction, and fantasy - as it has all these components and more. The book is a compelling read - you want to or can't wait to see what happens next. I really love this series and I think most people will too if they give it a chance.<BR/><BR/>Simon Green also has another series (Secret Histories) based on a similar premise (Eddie Drood), but in this case the primary character is an unwilling leader (or ends up that way) of a "super" natural enforcer squad of a nightside type world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2008

    good book annoying development

    This is one of the best in the series. However, it is highly annoying that this is the first time that it has come out in hard cover-and been more expensive.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Simon R. Green continues to provide novel mysteries in a strange otherworld

    In Nightside, Pen Donavon insists he owns a DVD that contains a recording of the afterlife. He obviously is convincing that he has such proof because THE UNNATURAL INQUIRER signs a deal with him then again many of Nightside¿s shadowy residents would point out that the publication is a tabloid so proof is too strong an assertion.------------- However, not long after Donavon pens his deal with the scandal rag, he vanishes. With civil war possible over who governs the Nightside, the competing powers search for Donavon and his DVD as the latter might give an edge to the group possessing it. Assassinations become the norm as each of the rivals murders their opponents. Private investigator John Taylor, accompanied by half-demon reporter Bettie Divine, search for Donavon a bit differently than anyone else as he figures the best way to find the missing individual is to focus on who abducted him, which means why and not necessarily to own the DVD, but perhaps destroy the DVD to eliminate incriminating evidence.------------------- The eighth Nightside paranormal private investigator mystery is a fabulous often amusing tale as once again Taylor is working a difficult case because of the homicidal amateurs fogging up the already murky atmosphere. However, with his usual aplomb and the beautiful Halfbreed humanized she-demon with him every step of the killing fields, Taylor navigates the eerie otherworld center of London in which one mistakes means HELL TO PAY for the hero. Simon R. Green continues to provide novel mysteries in a strange otherworld.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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