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- Publisher: ROC (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
- Format: Paperback | 342 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 363g
- Publication date: 6 January 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0451462491
- ISBN 13: 9780451462497
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 333,459
From four of today's hottest fantasy authors--all-new novellas of dark nights, cruel cities, and paranormal P.I.s. View our feature on "Mean Streets."The best paranormal private investigators have been brought together in a single volume--and cases don't come any harder than this. "New York Times" bestselling author Jim Butcher delivers a hard-boiled tale in which Harry Dresden's latest case may be his last. Nightside dweller John Taylor is hired by a woman to find something she lost--her memory--in a thrilling noir tale from "New York Times" bestselling author Simon R. Green. National bestselling author Kat Richardson's Greywalker finds herself in too deep when a "simple job" goes bad and Harper Blaine is enmeshed in a tangle of dark secrets and revenge from beyond the grave. For centuries, the being that we know as Noah lived among us. Now he is dead, and fallen-angel-turned-detective Remy Chandler has been hired to find out who killed him in a whodunit by national bestselling author Thomas E. Sniegoski.
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A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog. Kat Richardson lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, a crotchety old cat, and two ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and does not own a TV. Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.
By Georgia 24 Jan 2012
This is a collection of four paranormal detective stories and what more all the main characters are the protagonists of beloved and much followed paranormal detective series. Nevertheless, even if you haven't heard of any of them at the end of the book you will probably google their names to find out more. Harry Dresden, John Taylor, Harper Blaine and Remy Chandler are here in suspenseful, intriguing and challenging detective stories that will delight the fans.
Harry sets out to help a friend and ends up in the thick of trouble. Typical Dresden the story is action-packed, well paced and filled with Harry's wry humour.
John's reputation as the man who can find anything in the world is put to a test when he is asked to locate a woman's lost memory, a quest that wields not only danger but some rude surprises along the way. This is a tough story with a good narrative, a lot of imagination and some quirky main characters.
Harper Blaine gets an odd request that brings her to Mexico on The Day of the Dead. As the plot unravels Harper finds out a lot not only about this well worshipped holiday, but also the reason why she was sent there in the first place. My own favourite, this story not only has the suspense that holds you in anticipation all the way to the end, it also provides a lot of information about The Day of the Dead and its ritual. But instead of slowing things down or making it boring, all this information is weaved into the story becoming a character of its own.
Remy Chandler must find out who murdered Noah. The story has a lot of twists and turns and some remarkably touching moments, along with moral dilemmas.
This is a great collection for paranormal detective stories. All of them without exception are well written and like I pointed out, even if you have never heard of the characters, you can read them effortlessly. Most probably you will end up picking on any of the series.
By Cherry 05 Aug 2010
The Warrior by Jim Butcher
Published in Mean Streets anthology. A Dresden File short story.
The title of the story does not fit though. But if Butcher is going to develop this short story to something more, then maybe yes. But the story as it is, no. There are four more short stories in the book but I did not read them. I was only interested in Jim Butcher's work. The Warrior is short and sweet. A 3 out of 5.
Caption from the back:
Harry Dresden - Chicago's only professional wizard - tries to protect a friend from danger and ends up becoming a target himself.