Volume One of Bobby Dollar
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I was just stepping out of the elevator on the 43rd floor of the Five Page Mill building when the alarms began going off—those nightmarish, clear-the-building kind like the screams of tortured robots—and I realized I’d pretty well lost any chance at the subtle approach.
Did I mention that when I’m under stress I tend to revert to old habits? And being chased by monsters (as well as being made the fall guy for the biggest fuck-up between Heaven and Hell in the last few thousand years) will produce some stress. So that was me right then—jumpy and in need of answers. And when I’m feeling that way I tend to push on things until something happens. I didn’t calm down any when a husky security guard lurched out of the stairwell a few yards away, eyes adrenaline-wide, shoving his service pistol in my face. He shouted, “Get on the floor!” but instead of keeping the gun trained on me he started waving it to show me where to go, and I knew that I had him.
“Hold on, don’t . . . don’t you want to see my employee badge or something?” I was doing my best to sound like a confused and innocent corporate drone. “P-p-please don’t shoot me!” “I want you down on the floor! There!” Again he jabbed the gun toward the discreetly expensive carpeting. The alarms were making it hard to hear so I went with that, screwing up my face in fear and confusion.
“What? I didn’t understand you! Don’t shoot . . . !”
“God damn it, get down!” He grabbed my arm with his free hand. I leaned away to get him off balance, then yanked his wrist so that he staggered toward me, waving his gun hand in a desperate attempt to keep his balance. It didn’t matter much because I hit him square in the face with my forearm, jolting his head back and dropping him like a sack of laundry. Broke his nose, too, I’m pretty sure.
I didn’t know whether Vald’s security guards were normal people on a normal payroll or soldiers of the Opposition, and I didn’t have time to search this guy for extra nipples or whatever. (To be honest, except for a few retro covens, extra nipples have pretty much fallen out of fashion as a sign of allegiance to Hell.) So I left him alive but unconscious on the floor and tossed his gun and walkie-talkie into a trash bin in case he woke up sooner than I expected.
Everything had gone ass-up now and I knew I would be better off just leaving before anyone got killed, but I do have that problem I mentioned—when I get agitated I just kind of put my head down and keep shoving. Like a rhino with an itch, as my old boss delicately put it. Anyway, I decided I might as well see where this whole thing was going to lead.
I knew I had about seven or eight minutes maximum before the building was completely overrun by people with guns who would be happy to use them on me, so I hurried up the stairs to the 44th floor where I paused for a second or two to admire the view of Stanford University’s creepy Gothic towers through the picture window at the end of the hall. The master office suite clearly took up the entire floor, so I walked through the only door and found myself standing in front of the calmest woman I have ever pointed a gun at. She was good-looking, too—slender, with Eurasian features, short, dark hair, and extremely cold eyes. I was pretty certain she’d already pushed the silent alarm.
From THE DIRTY STREETS OF HEAVEN. Copyright © 2012 by Tad Williams. All rights reserved.
Published by arrangement with DAW Books, Inc.
Even a master of the epic needs to spread his wings now and then. Tad Williams is an SFF legend for his sprawling science-fiction and high-fantasy sagas such as Otherworld and Shadowmarch. But he’s heard urban fantasy’s gritty, sexy siren song, and now he’s serving up something a little more down and dirty—starring an angel, a she-devil and spiritual urban warfare!
Bobby Dollar has a secret. Actually he’s got a ton of them. The most important one is that his real name’s Doloriel and he’s an angel. Not an important angel, maybe, but a rough-and-tumble guy who’s always done his part in the long cold war between Heaven and Hell.
But now he’s stepped into the middle of something that’s got both sides very nervous—an unprecedented number of missing souls. And if that wasn’t enough, someone has summoned a truly unpleasant Babylonian demon that’s doing its best to track him down and rip him to pieces. Also, his opposite number on the case is arguably the world’s sexiest she-devil, and Bobby has feelings for her that Heaven definitely does not allow....
Welcome to The Dirty Streets of Heaven, the fantastic first volume of the Bobby Dollar trilogy. Down these mean streets you’ve gotta go!
Hardcover Book : 416 pages
Publisher: Daw Books, Inc. ( September 04, 2012 )
Item #: 13-620217
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 14.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I was really expecting more "supernatural" aspects of this book, but it read like a detective novel. However; That being said, it wasn't bad for what it was, the characters we're fairly well thought out, supporting characters were fleshed out, but not to much, so your focus stayed where it belonged, on Bobby Dollar- And I have to say, it wasn't an easy to figure out ending. There was no "AH-HAH, the maid did it with the rolling pin in the driveway; I was confused (in a good way) until the very end. My only gripe is the ending, I wanted...more; there were a few loose ends that Tad Williams didn't tie up as much as I wished he would have. Other than that? I'd buy the book again.
Reviewer: Bob W