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The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams Review

Title: The Dirty Streets of Heaven

Author: Tad Williams

First published September 4, 2012

406 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780756407681 (ISBN10: 0756407680)

Rating: 3.74


Meet Bobby Dollar, an angel with a difference. He’s seen it all, from souls caught between heaven and hell to the deadliest sins that lurk within us.

But Bobby’s got problems of his own, and they aren’t entirely of his doing. He’s not sure he can trust his superiors, his fellow angels, or even the new trainee who’s been dropped into their midst.

And as for the Countess of Cold Hands, the mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one telling him the truth… well, let’s just say he’s not sure he can trust her either.

When souls begin to disappear, Bobby finds himself caught between Heaven and Hell as the forces of both sides bear down on him. But with an undead avenger on his tail, he’s going to need all the help he can get – whether it’s from above or below.

You’ve never encountered an angel like Bobby Dollar, and you’ve never experienced anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven. Get ready for a wild ride through the afterlife, where nothing is as it seems and danger lurks around every corner.

About the Author

Tad Williams, a well-known fantasy author based in California, has made a name for himself in the literary world. His books, which created and broke genre boundaries, have been translated into twenty-five languages and sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.

Williams has written an impressive amount of work, including epic fantasy and science fiction book series, urban fantasy novels, comics, and scripts. His influence on the writing community is clear, as seen in the upcoming relaunch of his ‘Otherland’ epic as a massively multiplayer online game on steam.com.

Currently, Williams is working on a new trilogy called ‘The Last King of Osten Ard’, which includes two intermediary novels. He and his family reside in a unique and picturesque home in the Santa Cruz mountains alongside their beloved animals.

You can follow Tad Williams on social media with the handles @tadwilliams and @mrstad.

Editoral Review

Tad Williams’ The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a thrilling and thought-provoking novel that delves into the supernatural underworld of the afterlife. Williams is a prolific writer known for his works of fantasy and science fiction, and this novel is no exception.

First published in September 2012, The Dirty Streets of Heaven follows the story of the angel Bobby Dollar, whose job is to defend the souls of recently deceased humans in the courtroom of Purgatory.

The novel is beautifully written, with Williams crafting each scene with meticulous detail and vivid imagery.

The novel draws readers into a fantastical world where angels, demons, and humans all come together in an epic battle for salvation. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, with plenty of twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats.

The main character, Bobby Dollar, is a complex and intriguing protagonist. He is a warrior for justice, but he is far from perfect.

He is witty, charming, and flawed, making him a relatable and likable character. The novel also features a number of other well-developed characters, each with their own unique motivations and backstories.

One of the novel’s strengths is its ability to explore the topic of the afterlife in a new and interesting way. Williams combines elements of different religious traditions to create a unique and complex system of morality and justice.

The novel also touches on themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the nature of good and evil.

That being said, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is not without its flaws.

The novel’s pacing can be uneven at times, with some parts dragging on while others feel rushed. Additionally, some readers may find the religious themes and imagery to be heavy-handed or preachy.

Despite its limitations, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a must-read for fans of fantasy and supernatural literature. Williams’ masterful storytelling and stunning prose make this novel a true gem in the genre.

The novel is perfect for readers who are looking for a fresh take on familiar themes, and anyone who enjoys a gripping and exciting read. In conclusion, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a captivating novel that is sure to delight any reader with an interest in the supernatural.

Williams’ beautiful prose, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes make this novel a standout in the genre. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling and thought-provoking read.

Washington Post Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.