Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4)

Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4)

by Simon R. Green

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Overview

John Taylor is the name. I work the Nightside. Only in that dark heart of London where it’s always three A.M., where human and inhuman can feed their darkest desires, do I feel at home. Probably because I was born there.
           
What I do is find things—people, objects—and in this case, the truth about the origins of the Nightside.
           
That’s what Lady Luck has hired me to investigate. But the more I dig, the more I discover, not about the Nightside but about the great question in my life: exactly who—and what—was my long-vanished mother.
           
Paying jobs are one thing. Personal quests are another. And I’ve been warned that uncovering the facts about dear old mum could be a very bad thing, not just for the Nightside but for all of existence.
           
Still I can’t stop…I’m John Taylor. Finding things is who I am. It’s what I do. Whatever the consequences…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441012619
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Series: Nightside Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 270,682
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include the Secret Histories Novels, the Novels of the Nightside, the Ghost Finders series,  Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. He lives in England.

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Hex and the City (Nightside Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
pat1eiu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an excellent installment of the Nightside series. Really got into John's and the Nightside's background. Showed more how He can be thought of as so powerful. I can't wait to get to the next one.
les121 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am becoming more and more engrossed in this series with every book. In this fourth installment, we finally discover the origins of the Nightside as well as the identity of John¿s long, lost mother. The mystery is captivating, the characters compelling, and the creativity astounding. In this novel, I was particularly impressed by Green¿s vivid writing and his perfectly delivered dry humor. It¿s the kind of prose that gives me chills in a good way, a single line containing a world of meaning and emotion. I loved every minute of this creepy, dark, thrilling adventure, and I can¿t wait to read book five.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If Clive Barker and Jim Butcher had a baby, and that baby grew up and wrote a book, that book would look like Simon R Green's Nightside series. I get excited when I pick up the next in the series, wondering what awful and wonderful creatures/people/beings I am going to meet. Who is going against John in this book? Who is helping him out? Is this the book in which the destruction of the Nightside and possibly the entire world begins? Possibly, for this is the book in which we meet his mother, and all hell breaks loose. The darkness that is the Nightside is so compelling it is hard to put these books down to do anything else. Read this series and be sucked in!
dswaddell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
John Taylor has Lady luck for a client....literally. This time though the secrets he's being asked to delve into could destroy everything so the Authorities are serious about taking him down. The search could explain the Nightside...and the truth behind his mother. This is an interesting book in the series and where they go from here should be fun to read.
MaryWJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Similar to the others in the series, but it is a little tedious that John knows he destroys the world in the future and how it happens but it seems to be a big surprise to him in every book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the Nightside series by Simon Green.John Taylor is commissioned by the Lady Luck herself to find something near and dear to John's own heart. Lady Luck wishes to know the origins of the Nightside, John suspects that his own mother is linked to the Nightside's origins. John joins up with Madman (who has seen things no human should and, as such, randomly changes the reality around himself) and Sinner (who has been rejected by both heaven and hell and as such cannot be killed) to venture into deeper and darker places beneath the Nightside than have ever been breached; at least ever been breached by people who later lived to tell about.This book was fast-paced, fun, and very creative. I loved Madman, Sinner, and Pretty Poison. They are wonderful characters with a lot of depth and creativity in their personas.This book answers some questions about Walker, the Authorities, the Nightside, and John's mother. It was nice to get come closure around these questions. That being said this was a departure from the previous stories in that it is not a self-contained story and adventure. The end of this book leaves you desperately waiting for the next book to find out what happens.On one hand I kind of liked the transition of this series to something that is larger than one book; on the other hand I miss the self-contained detective story with a mysterious over-arcing storyline. This story was just structured differently from previous ones and whether that is good or bad...well, only the next book will tell.That being said I really liked this book. I found it extremely amusing, as well as extremely disturbing. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
greytfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The series improves. The suspense builds and the action is faster and more intense. Much less digression in this one. Almost every new character is actually a part of the plot. The author provided several new and major revelations while still maintaining the mystery. My curiosity is still peaked and I'm diving into the next one.
VioletDelirium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hoped to like Simon Green's novels. So similar to the Dresden Files. But so pale in comparison. Just read Jim Butcher, don't waste your time with this series.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fourth book in the series returns us to the fantastically awful world of the Nightside, a hidden world within London where it is always 3am. Our hero, John Taylor, is hired to investigate the origins of the Nightside, but his client has a hidden agenda. John's mother is finally revealed, as the larger story arc takes on a frantic pace. Stunningly creative, the Nightside grabs the imagination and keeps you coming back for more in a noir detective series that really is all about the night.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting book. Ties up a few of the plot hooks from earlier books. In this one John is asked to look into the history of the Nightside. No-one really wants him to do this and a few of the people opposed to this are willing to kill him to stop him.To help him with his investigation he gets the Madman (who has seen too much and now his madness can alter the world around him) and Sinner (who traded his soul for love and even though the woman he loves is a demon he still loves her so he is excluded from heaven and hell). This book introduces you to more characters, some more of the secrets and lies involved and tells us more about what John's background and possible future is.I really do enjoy this series and want to read more of them.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No. 4 in this great series; if you haven't read the other 3, then don't start with this one! You won't have a clue!Hex and The City welcomes the reader back to the Nightside, hidden among the London city center. In this installment, our hero, John Taylor, a sort of PI, is hired by none other than Lady Luck to investigate the origins of the Nightside so that she can figure out why fortune lies more with some than others. He will earn more than money on this one...he will learn the identity of his mother in payment. But this is a tricky one; he is led from one to another of the oldest beings of the Nightside, each of whom has his own ideas about the Nightside's origins and about who John's mother may be. Reminiscent of an Arthurian quest (in more ways than one!), Taylor has to go back in the past, into the deepest depths of the Nightside and face not one but several challenges in his quest before he learns the truth about his mother. Very good installment; I absolutely love this series!
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