CBR# 19 – Sing a Sad Song and Make It Way Fucking Worse

Nightingale’s Lament by Simon R. Green 

More Nightside!  Again, what’s nice about the series is the A story is always the noir detective beat and the B story is always advancing John Taylor and his quest to find his mother and prevent the future where he destroys the whole world.

In this one, a man hires John to find out what happened to his daughter, Rossignol, who has become a famous chanteuse of the Nightside cabaret scene.  He just wants to make sure his daughter is happy.  Rossignol sings songs of such sadness that it causes people to kill themselves.  Taylor witnesses once concert where a fan rushes the stage, pulls a gun, and blows his brains all over the songstress,

Rossignol is protected by a powerful group of agents with dark backgrounds.  Once again, Green introduces and fleshes out some more of the bizarre creatures that inhabit the Nightside.  With names like The Lamentation, Razor Eddie, and Merlin Satanspawn, you know you’re in for some mad shit.

Green rolls on with Taylor running through the usual shtick. He changes up the pace just enough, but keeps the formula intact.  This one has a much to do with the repercussions of the angel wars.  Taylor doesn’t have to hurt for funds anymore.  He’s still trying to find out who his mother is, and why Walker — the agent of the Authorities — is always up his ass.  Suffice it to say, he never gets satisfactory answers.  But again, the Nightside is building towards a strong overall mythology.  While this one leans a little more heavily on the A story and Rossignol, it’s still adding blocks to the main mystery.

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