By Simon R. Green
John Taylor isn't a personal detective "per se," yet he has a knack for locating misplaced issues. That's why he's been employed to descend into the Nightside, an otherworldly realm within the heart of London the place myth and fact percentage renting house and the solar by no means shines.
For John Taylor, there's no position like home…
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The security cameras on Mrs Luditsky's building provided a clear record of my comings and goings. Arrived Saturday 11h03, signed in, departed 11h41. Arrived again this morning, 07h36. Departed in the back of a police van in plastic cuffs after a heated argument on the street: 08h19. But, really, it's thanks to my criminal record that they eventually had to let me go. Because they have my details on file. Ref: Zinzi Lelethu December #26841AJHB ID 7812290112070 Animalled 14 October 2006 (see Case SAPS900/14/10/2006 Rosebank cf: Murder of Thando December) Ability to trace lost objects.