As he stepped into the sun, a car dropped down to ped level and glid to a halt in front of him. He couldn’t move a muscle. A fizzing spluttering energy-beam started to snake ravenously toward him, searching him out. “Hello, smart guy,” grinned the ape behind the gun. The beam groped blindly. If it made contact he would be atomized. It did. He was.
Private eye and mobster's moll Jacqueline Spadros, hired by a jewel merchant styling herself "The Queen of Diamonds", finds herself caught up in a web of lies and blackmail. She must dodge the police and her mortal enemy as she unravels the connection between this woman, the partially unsolved case of a kidnapped child, her friend's blackmailer, and the person who threatens her mother's life.
The year is 2116. Millions of American and European refugees flood into the urban sprawl of Megasampa, forming the Novo Bronx ghetto. Now unrest grows as a series of macabre murders attributed to a creature the locals are calling Bebê Diabo strike fear into the heart of the populace. Reluctantly, the police call out of retirement the only detective insane enough to solve an insane case.
Adultery! Murder! Human Trafficking! Betting on College Volleyball!
Non-Human Strip Club Owners! Heavy Metal Lolita Mathematicians! Computer Hackers with Social Anxiety Disorders! Annoyed Campus Cops!
It's all in store for Jake Taylor - private eye, one-time college professor, and bad credit risk, but he doesn't know it yet.
Chrome giants. Traincar shanties. Electromagnetic revolvers. Welcome to The Hollywoodholes - where an ex-private eye scours the collapsed metro tunnels of an alternate 1952 Hollywood for payoff on a gamble gone wrong...and stumbles instead on an underworld metropolis divided by vice, vendettas, mysteries, & murder plots.
Nightside City will die in the coming dawn -- so why is someone trying to buy up the town? A blend of hard science fiction and hard-boiled film noir detective story. "For years, when people asked me what was my favorite of all the novels I’d written... I would name Nightside City."—from the afterword by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
Two U.S. Treasury agents, partners and antagonists, are drawn into a matrix of violence and corruption, southern California-style, that becomes a journey through a sunlit hell - at the end of which they become experts on the thin line between what it takes to live - and die - in L.A.