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The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1 | [Tad Williams]

The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.
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Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.

When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get - in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself - the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.

©2012 Tad Williams (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 01-30-13
    Kenneth Richmond, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"

    For fans of Dresden, it's hard not to compare this book to Jim Butcher's work. Which isn't really fair in my opinion. That tepid observation aside, I'll say this: I've started a ton of new series and the vast majority i never make it past book one. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-17-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Angel Noir"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dirty Streets of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Tad Williams takes the reader on a great modern paranormal adventure with some innovative takes on Noir in a Modern context. The main character is well portrayed; as a flawed angel, tasked with advocating for the souls of the dead, Bobby Dollar is both real and supernal.

    In Noir fashion, our hero is dropped in the thick of the Cold War between Heaven and Hell when a soul disappears on his watch. What follows is a ride that takes Bobby D through the righteous underbelly of San Judas (Santa Clara), California, angering Angels and Demons alike.

    While the mystery is solved by the end of the book, it leaves many questions unanswered and I eagerly anticipate the next volume of the Bobby Dollar series.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Snarky and funny while keeping the tone serious at tense moments of the story.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 01-06-13
    Harry Boyle Irmo, SC, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An attention Keeper"
    If you could sum up The Dirty Streets of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    something for everyone


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bobby Dollar


    What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings every character to stunning life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had humor,action,developed characters and romance. I will wait for book 2 and hope it comes out in a hurry.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed lots of Audible offerings but only a few have kept me listening so that I did not want to turn on the TV. I just wanted to see how the book proceeding racing toward an unknown finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis United States 11-25-12
    Dennis United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2012

    A Post Production professional working in the television industry in L.A.

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    "Most Imaginative Gumshoe Novel Ever!"

    It's such a fantastic surprise when a book exceeds your every expectation. I didn't just like this book -- I loved it!

    First reason: the character of Bobby Dollar, who is a modern take on the classic hard-boiled, pulp-fiction private eye. This guy can go wise-crack for wise-crack with Sam Spade or stand toe-to-toe with Mike Hammer.

    Second reason: the imaginative setting. I can't think of any other neo-noir setting that is quite so much fun as this one. The uneasy truce between heaven and hell is the perfect background for a private-eye procedural where all-is-definitely-not-what-it-seems.

    Third reason: the performance. George Newbern makes Bobby's wisecracks come alive. His pitch-perfect delivery of the "Prince Sat-on-a-panda" wisecrack had me in stitches.

    I've been a fan of Tad Williams's since Tailchaser's Song and I'm very happy to see him return to stand-alone novels. I eagerly await the next installment in the Bobby Dollar series.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Audie Humble, TX, United States 06-01-13
    Audie Humble, TX, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow"
    Any additional comments?

    Awesome. So glad I took the chance on this book. So not expecting what I got out of this book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 04-02-14
    Christopher Kenmore, WA, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2008

    What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.

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    "Angels as gritty investigators...I like it."

    I came into this book with little expectations, I have read some of Tad Williams other novels and had mixed reactions to them. Some I liked a great deal, others...not so much. But I was looking for something a little different from my usual fare, and the title of this novel intrigued me. The base world of this novel is contemporary Earth, near San Francisco but in this world angels and devils/demons walk among us every day. You see, they all have day jobs in the employ of Heaven and Hell as part of the eternal struggle of Heaven and Hell for the souls of the living. At our deaths we are put on trial, a literal trial..complete with Judge (an angel) an advocate (basically an angelic public defender assigned by the court) and a demonic prosecutor assigned by hell. The prosecutor and the advocate present arguments why the soul should be damned or a saved. I will admit, at first I was not liking this novel, I am not much for overtly religious rhetoric and feared that this novel would devolve into a treatise on the pros and cons of Judeao-Christian-Islamic religious dogma. Luckily it did not, Mr. Williams keeps clear of endorsing or refuting any particular religious dogma and presents his world largely outside the constraints of established contemporary religious thought. He sticks to the story and the characters instead. The lead character of this novel can be described as a slightly dis-enchanted advocate of Heaven. A kind of gritty angelic Colombo character, and he is very entertaining. I enjoyed the character self-deprecation and infinite compassion. All the characters in the novel were well conceived, and explored. Completely believable albeit in a "film noir" way. The novel was light, funny, and at times poignant. I highly recommend this novel for those of you who like a "gum-shoe" type tale with a supernatural twist, and especially for those of you who have never read a "gritty PI"-style novel but are a bit curious about one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Massachusetts, USA 02-19-14
    Steve Massachusetts, USA 02-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Similar, but not LIKE Dresden"

    So I saw some people likening this book to the Dresden Files, but I just don't see it. It may be similar, but it isn't LIKE it. It's similar in the sense that it is a low fantasy mystery detective novel, and that's about it. For me, Libriomancer was much more like Dresden.

    As for the book itself, It was pretty good. It held my attention, but I definitely wavered here and there. There was just something about it that I drifted off from time to time. One thing I can't really get past and I didn't like which also bored me to tears, the angels and demons being lawyers to souls arguing where they were going to be placed. I don't care for religion one way or the other. In the book everyone is judged regardless of religion. For me it was just such a boring part of it that I didn't care for.

    One final thing, just so you know, there are few pretty explicit scenes, just in case you care.

    As for the next book, I'll be waiting for a sale that brings it within paperback price range.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MeekaBleeka Louisiana 10-20-13
    MeekaBleeka Louisiana 10-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Jane Yellowrock = Greatness

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    "Great characters. Boring story."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make the story more interesting. It was okay but nothing I would listen to again, nor do I wanna listen to book 2. It wasn't tantalizing.


    Has The Dirty Streets of Heaven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of course not.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Yes his performance was awesome


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paulo Eduardo Lopes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-26-12
    Paulo Eduardo Lopes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Junior Dad

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    "Lacking creativity"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd recommend a book to a friend that likes angels vs. demons stories, mysteries, and is more concerned about having something fun to read, rather then something that would amuse or surprise him.


    Would you recommend The Dirty Streets of Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

    I guess I answered that on my first response.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Yes. George Newbern does a very good performance. He gives a lot of personallity to Mr.Bobby Dollar, as well as some of the other characters. I mean, you can not only identify the character by the way he reads, but you can also get a feeling on its mood and intentions. Well executed!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    You know what? Yes, I would! Although I was a bit disappointed with it as a book, I think it would make a very nice thriller on the big screen.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed by the lack of creativity of the story - too many clichês for my taste. It felt like Mr Tad Williams (which is a terrific writer) was being pressed by his publisher to deliver a book faster than he'd like, and his solution was to come up with this fast and easy to read story, but that lacks on much of the depth of his other works.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James W. Kramer Lehighton, PA USA 11-12-12
    James W. Kramer Lehighton, PA USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Interesting take on the heavenly war for souls."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was a little inconsistent at times. Mainly the love/romantic complication that Bobby Dollar gets himself into with a demoness. How does an angel fall for a demon? Better yet, how does am angel fall for a demon because she looks so hot, even though he knows her appearance is nothing but illusion. Otherwise, the mystery is somewhat interesting, and satisfyingly tied up at the end.


    Would you recommend The Dirty Streets of Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure. I'm in for Bobby Dollar number two anyway.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Well read. I know a good narrator when halfway through a book I forget its just one guy reading the book!


    Was The Dirty Streets of Heaven worth the listening time?

    Worth the listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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