by Joe Waits, 29 Oct 2012
The plot of the novel is similarly well crafted, and it makes for compulsive reading (expect some sleepless nights!) Because it’s noir it has blistering pace, but at four hundred or so pages it’s twice the length of a traditional pulp paperback, which is twice as much great fun to be had reading it. We wager you’ll be guessing who the perp is right to the bitter end too.
This book sets the stage for a great series to take off from, and it’s proven once again that Fantasy can be fast paced and original. Well done Tad Williams!
The Guilded Earlobe — Audiobook Review
25 Oct 2012
The Dirty Streets of Heaven has a real conversational style to it that comes across well in audio. Narrator George Newbern does a wonderfully job capturing the tone of the text and bringing the character of Bobby Dollar alive. There are moments throughout this audiobook where it just felt like Bobby Dollar was telling you the story, and this is exactly what you want in a first person point of view. Williams uses a lot of descriptive detail in his characterizations, and this often includes the voice. Newbern definitely has some challenges to match the details that Williams puts into it, and for the most part nails it.
by troubadour, 23 Oct 2012
I’m looking forward to the continuation of the Bobby Dollar series. I feel like the ground has been set the groundwork for an interesting larger story. And if Tad continues to provide fun adventure stories that are thought-provoking as well, I’ll be delighted. I would recommend THE DIRTY STREETS OF HEAVEN to fans of That Other Magical Detective Series Which Is So Popular, but I’d also recommend it to people who like Snake Agent by Liz Williams (No relation, as far as I know). If you’re interested in more speculative fiction noir not necessarily limited to fantasy, The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn also has a similar feel.
Unreality — Law And Order: Heaven
by Ashley Scarr, 22 Oct 2012
The Dirty Streets of Heaven is still a strong book overall. Despite my misgivings toward the ending, the characters were fantastic, charming; believable, and the story was well written, unique and captivating. There are still a few loose ends and I especially want to know what’s going to happen between Bobby and the Countess, and how Bobby is going to deal with Heaven after this ordeal. So I eagerly await its sequel: Happy Hour in Hell.