My name is John Taylor. The Nightside is my home, and I’ve got a brand new full-time job there (in addition to my private eye work) as Walker—the Voice of the Authorities. I’m also marrying the love of my life, Suzie Shooter, the Nightside’s most fearsome bounty-hunter. But nothing comes easy here. Not life. Not death. And for certain, not happily-ever-after.
Before I can say “I do,” I have one more case to solve as a private eye—and my first assignment as Walker. Both jobs would be a lot easier to accomplish if I weren’t on the run, from friends and enemies alike. And if my bride-to-be weren’t out to collect the bounty on my head…
“There is still the classic Green breakneck pacing, the quirky character twists, the joys of name-drop references (to his other books and pop-culture icons alike), but they’re accompanied by a wonderful narrative sense of melancholy, as if Green hates parting with John as much as we do.”—Tulsa Book Review (online edition)
“Simon R. Green walks us through his most thoroughly developed setting and its vast assortment of strange, devious, and downright weird characters…The Nightside may be shuttered for now, but Green never forsakes his darlings for long; readers may expect to see John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie or other denizens of the Nightside infiltrate his other works in the future. At the very least, they’ve been given a proper sendoff. Recommended.”—SF Revu (online edition)
“The Bride Wore Black Leather has everything I expect from a Nightside book. Taylor is the Sam Spade for the twenty-first century, willing to stare down an angel, a demon or a god. Nightside has the meanest of the mean streets, and John Taylor is right at home there. Sunnyside? Not bloody likely.”—Fantasy Literature (online edition)
This month, Ace publishes The Bride Wore Black Leather, the 12th book in the Nightside series. Read with the author Simon Green has to say about saying farewell to his most famous character. It’s been a while, since I first took that unexpected wrong turning, and ended up walking through the Nightside. That sick, secret, magical heart of London, where it’s always night, always dark, always three o’clock in the morning, the hour that breaks men’s hearts. Where gods and monsters go out on the pull, where shops with hot neon like hell’s candy will sell you your hearts’ desire, or something very like it. Where the music never stops, the song goes on forever, and you can dance till you bleed. Where you can drink with heroes and villains and everyone in between, in the oldest bar in the world. Now, after a dozen books, John Taylor’s tale is told. Not over, certainly. There are still more stories to come, in times to come; but for now John’s story has come full circle, ending as all the best stories do, with the triumph of true love, and a wedding. John Taylor will return, and all his friends and enemies will return; but now it’s time for all concerned to take a rest. As all lost souls find their way home, at last.