It's supposed to be the happiest day of Private eye John Taylor's life - his wedding day. It's a shame he's on the run from his bride . . .
Everything is finally falling into place for John Taylor - he has a new job as Voice of the Authorities in the Nightside and he's about to marry the love of his life, Suzie Shooter, the most formidable bounty hunter in the Nightside. This new life, and the responsibilities that go along with it, mean it's time for Taylor to retire from the private detective business. He just has time for one final case.
But, as always, nothing in the Nightside is straightforward and his final investigation ends with a price on Taylor's head.
Now the entire Nightside is against him, and his bride-to-be is after the bounty. Happily-ever-after is beginning to look like an unlikely ending for John Taylor.
The Bride Wore Black Leather is the twelfth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Nightside series by Simon R. Green.
Green's superlative 12th Nightside novel (after 2011's A Hard Day's Knight), set in a world "hidden deep in the dark and dangerous heart of London," ratchets up the stakes for series protagonist John Taylor in an intricate and action-filled plot that seamlessly blends crime and the supernatural. Taylor has been designated the new "Walker," the public face of the rulers of the Nightside, so he begins wrapping up his personal investigation business. Then an anonymous e-mail sends Taylor to the Ball of Forever; the guest list is limited to immortals, but a killer manages to strike one down. As Taylor hunts the culprit, he learns that a powerful entity seeks to destroy the entire Nightside. The pace never flags and the sardonic Chandleresque narration ("She didn't lose her innocence; she threw it away with both hands, first chance she got") is perfectly suited to the Nightside's fantastical mean streets.