|The Dirty Streets of Heaven
introduces Bobby Dollar, sometime detective, angel and advocate of souls (the detective
work is merely a hobby) and a real departure in style from Tad Williams
previous fantasy series. Stylistically, The Dirty Streets of Heaven
sits somewhere been detective noir and the new urban fantasy.
Bobby Dollar serves the
Lord by advocating on behalf of the souls of the deceased against Hells lawyers. But
one day the deceased fails to show and then Hells lawyer on the case is tortured to
death. From then on Bobbys afterlife gets more than a trifle interesting in a
variety of wrong ways. He is suspect number one in the ongoing mystery of lost souls; word
on the street has him holding something stolen from a duke of Hell; a hellhound dogs his
tail; and he losses his heart to a she-demon. Meanwhile head office keeps asking questions
and one thing Bobby knows is you cant lie in Heaven.
The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a wry, darkly humorous look at
the life of a working, earthbound angel and is a welcome addition to the urban fantasy
milieu. I am looking forward to the advertised sequels and finding out how Bobby
Dollars afterlife progresses; one thing is certain, it wont be dull.