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I found this second chapter of Coruscant Nights to be a little bit better than the first book. The characters have 'gelled' at this point for me and I think that Reaves does a good job working with this ensemble. There's good interaction between members of the whole group as well as a lot of good scenes with members of the group that split off from the others. Aurra Sing is one of my favorite bounty hunters, so it was need to see her story tie-in here. I thought that the Typho story was ok. It struck me, though, that the age difference between Typho and Padme was pretty big. Of course, you could say the same thing about Padme and Anakin in Episode I.

I liked the new characters in this book, too. The main story progressed at a healthy clip and the other periphery stories made good progress, too. I'm very much looking forward to the third book! ( )
  TheMadTurtle | Feb 28, 2010 |
The second Coruscant Nights book attempts to bring in some of the classic noir formula, but never quite weaves it into the larger plot. Yes, there’s a murder mystery in there, but it doesn’t mix into the larger story well, and the resolution is clichéd without managing to make it amusing. The hint of a romance is similarly formulaic, without giving us much in the way of underpinnings.

I did enjoy Reaves’ efforts to make the aliens alien, with their own distinctive cultures. They don’t make up for the book’s sore need of a strict editor. ( )
  slothman | Jun 23, 2009 |
Okay, time for the review: First off, Street of Shadows didn’t catch my attention the way the first book in the series did. One of the reviewers over at TheForce.Net said that the book was a bit lacking in the ‘noir’ department, but that didn’t matter to me, because I’ve never actually read any ‘noir’ so I have no way of making a judgement because of that. This book seemed to me as if a collective breath had been taken, as if the characters were taking stock of themselves and their situations before the final act. Read the rest of my review here: http://davebrendon.wordpress.com/2008/11/01/review-star-wars-coruscant-nights-2-... ( )
  Dave-Brendon | May 6, 2009 |
A nice change to the typical Star Wars Books out there. More of a crime noir saturday matinee then a space odyssey. A fun must read. ( )
  edstan76 | Mar 14, 2009 |
Jax is a Jedi in a time when the Jedi are hunted if not already dead, during that time after Darth Vadar "came to life" and "A New Hope".

He is trying to help those wanting to get off Coruscant, the Imperial Planet Center. He is also being sought out by two different people for different ends but both will lead to Vadar, who wants Jax found.

For Star Wars fans, this is a good read. In fact, it's a good read for anyone! ( )
  koalamom | Jan 31, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345477545, Mass Market Paperback)

With the Jedi all but wiped out in the grim aftermath of Order 66, the Empire’s power seems unchecked. But one lone Knight continues to fight the good fight–against all odds and when all else fails.

Deep in the bowels of Coruscant, Jedi Jax Pavan ekes out a living as a private investigator, a go-to, can-do guy for the downtrodden. Now a mysterious Zeltron knockout named Deejah approaches Jax with a case that needs to be cracked: to find out who killed her artist lover Volette, brutally murdered hours after his triumphant unveiling of a dazzling new light sculpture with obvious links to lightsaber pyrotechnics.

Finding Volette’s killer won’t be easy–too many secrets, too many suspects, and all kinds of motives. But with the droid I-5YQ’s help, and ex-reporter Den Dhur’s excellent snooping skills, the investigation is soon operating like a well-oiled machine.

Unfortunately, there’s a far more efficient machine hunting Jax. It’s a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as the clock starts ticking toward the final explosive showdown . . . to see who strikes first and who will die first.

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After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down. ut he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right on the top of Darth Maul's hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?… (more)

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