Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth
(Ace, 2006. U.S. $6.99 paperback, 247 pages. ISBN: 0441013872.)
Nightside is a city-within-a-city, a dark alternate dimension of London.
Here lives John Taylor, P.I., one of the most dangerous men in the Nightside.
He can find anything, thanks to his unique magical gift. But now, after
a long quest and a disheartening trip to the past, John has discovered
the identity of his mother -- Lilith, Adam's first wife -- and he's
having a hard time finding out what to do about that.
Enter Walker, mouthpiece for the Authorities who run the Nightside.
Walker has unwisely kidnapped John's secretary Cathy as leverage, wanting
John to turn himself in peacefully (something about John having killed
a large number of Walker's men ... ) rather than with a fight. So John
and Shotgun Suzie head off to the Necropolis to rescue Cathy. Meanwhile,
Lilith appears on the Street of the Gods, destroys most of it and its
inhabitants, and binds the rest to her worship -- mortal and divine
beings alike. Can John Taylor find a way to save the Nightside before
his mother Lilith destroys it?
Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth is an excellent blend of dime
store detective and dark fantasy. It's an intense culmination of a gripping
series; if you haven't read the earlier books, go back and start there
before approaching this one. Highly recommended.
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