This eighth book in Green's Nightside series is a slight volume. John
Taylor is up to his usual tricks and on the trail of missing goods, but
this time it feels like it was written by rote. The clever quips and turns
of phrase don't ring true. The secondary plot about John's romantic life is
much more interesting than the main plot.

P.I. John is commissioned by the Nightside's tabloid, The Unnatural Inquirer, to find a person and a DVD that have gone missing. It's a run-of-the-mill request on the surface, until John learns that the DVD contains a recording of the afterlife by one Pen Donovan, who has conveniently gone missing.

John's not sure if the DVD is on the up and up, but for a million pounds, he's not going to argue too much about that little fact. Of course, he's not the only one on the trail of the DVD, so it becomes a race to the finish, one that has an ending John may not much care for. (Ace, Jan., 256 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs