Nightingale's Lament Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ace, may 2004, 6.50, 256 pp.
ISBN: 0441011632

The Nightside occupies the same space but in another dimension as London does. To travel there one must know the correct portals. John Taylor lived in Nightside all his life until it was discovered that his mother was not human. She disappeared shortly thereafter and his father died a few months later. John had no protection from the Others who wanted him dead. He went to London and became a private eye, but a case brought him back to Nightside where he has resided ever since.
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His third eye allows him to locate anyone or anything in the city where creatures of myths live side by side with humans. He continues to be a paid private investigator. His latest case involves singer Rossignal the Nightingale who is playing at the Caliban's Cavern Club. Her melancholy songs has caused people to commit suicide. Her managers controls her which makes John want to free Rossignal from her gilded cage.

Though this is Simon R, Green's world, the Nightside is not a very green location as this unique place centers on good and evil's constant battle for supremacy. The hero fights on the side of the light as he tries to expel the darkness out of existence John seems in a never-ending story with only his curiosity about his mother occasionally diverting him from his goal. In his latest caper, John is in top gun form as the latest skirmish with the cretins of the dark will leave him dead if he fails to free the Nightingale for running is no longer an option.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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