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Hell to Pay: A Tale of the Nightside [Kindle Edition]

Simon R. Green
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Book Description

The war that almost destroyed the Nightside – that city of eternal darkness hidden deep within London - has finally come to an end, and in its ruinous wake it has left a power vacuum, just waiting to be filled.

Jeremiah Griffin, one of the last immortal humans, is determined to be the one to fill it, but his plans are obstructed when his granddaughter disappears. It's no surprise that he calls on John Taylor to find her - after all, it's what he does - but this time the job is not so easy. Someone - or something - is blocking Taylor's special gift. So this time he's going to have to work the old-fashioned way. And he's going to have work fast, before Griffin loses his heir.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 750 KB
    • Print Length: 272 pages
    • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (21 Aug. 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00JIV9NG4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I found the latest in the Nightside series to be something of a chore and the reason is an ironic one. In the previous books, I've been dying to have Green write more about his world and his ideas because I've been largely of the view that they needed to be expanded upon. In Hell To Pay however, I felt that because the story itself was too slight - essentially 'find the missing girl and collect reward' - there was too much padding whereby Green spends too much time focusing on the social structure and social dichotomy of the Nightside's upper echelons and lowest scum.

    Like I said, this is a 'find the girl' story and whilst the jacket blurb hints that this will be more of a straightforward gum-shoe operation, it's disappointing that Green still shoehorns in Taylor's gift when he needs to move the plot along. To find Griffin's granddaughter Melissa, Taylor has to look into the family history - a mysterious one involving a deal with the devil - and into the relationship between the family members. There are some interesting scenes that come up along the way - I particularly liked the Arcadian Project, which gives Taylor the perfect vision of his parents and I also liked the characters of Bruin Bear and Seagoat, who brought some much welcomed humour to the plot. I also think that Green does a good job at characterising both the distinct characters of the Griffin family members and how they have each been damaged by the power and wealth that the Griffin's deal brought them.

    Green touches on the power struggles within the Nightside and hints at a future story arc in that Walker seems to have found himself some new Authorities substitutes to support his exercise of control.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars return to the nightside 4 Jun. 2007
    By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Seventh in simon r green's nightside series. These involve John Taylor, a private detective with psychic powers, who lives and works in the nightside. This is a part of london off the beaten tracks, a horror/fantasy world full of strange creatures and individuals.

    The last three books in the series all formed part of an ongoing storyline, but that finished in book six and this one pretty much stands alone, so would be easily accessible to new readers. John is hired by the griffin, an immortal man who wants to take control of the nightside, to find his niece, who has gone missing. He proceeds to investigate the situation, and tours the nightside dealing with strange places and people on the way, and finding a few more things than he bargained for about his client in the process.

    A short book of no more than 270 pages, told in the first person, with very readable prose. If you like a good bit of readable fantasy that's not a tolkein clone, then this will appeal. It's a little disappointing that one regular character is off stage till the last chapter, but that probably suits the needs of the story fine. Another entertaining entry in an entertaining series
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing 13 Nov. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Unfortunately it seems that Simon R Green is struggling to find a good middle ground in both this book and the one before it. Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth had so much action and information that it was overwhelming and a headache to follow. This novel was on the complete other end of the scale and there was so little going on that for the most part I found the novel to be incredibly boring.

    in this novel John Taylor is hired for an exorbitant amount of money to find the kidnapped granddaughter and heir of the immortal CEO of the nightside's biggest business. What followed was basically a tour through the nightside's more seedy activities which only really served to highlight what I presume to be the author's own sexual fetishes. From cross dressing transexuals through to submissive male slaves in bondage clubs, this book had very little to do with adding depth to the world the novel is set in and just tried to beat the reader over the head with the idea that yes, the nightside is a place of debauchery and sin.

    This novel returned to the standard detective procedural this series falls back on when they aren't dealing with any of the bigger issues. Once again John is unable to use his gift (when can he ever use it for his work?) and has to chase up his leads in the old fashioned way even though (more or less in his own words) he wouldn't recognise a lead if someone beat him over the head with it.

    This story really lacked substance and was a huge come down after the world changing events of the novel before. It seems that in spite of the authorities being dead, half of the gods of the nightside having been removed and a great deal of destruction and change in the last novel, this novel has just returned to the status quo.
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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip to the Nightside 5 Aug. 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Pre-ordered as soon as it was announced and read it in January.

    Well I finished and now I have to wait until January for book 8, but hey at least there's going to be a book 8 to wait for, so that makes me happy.

    I really enjoyed this trip to the nightside. John spends most of the book without his sidekicks though Dead Boy makes a small but welcome appearance. (I like Dead Boy)

    John is on a typical PI case - find the missing girl - except in the Nightside nothing is typical. For one thing, she's immortal! John takes us on a journey interviewing relatives, wise-cracking, meeting the weird and wonderful Nightsiders, taking care of business, and generally putting the wind up anyone who gets in his way.

    I thought the cover was a little misleading as that kinda looked a bit like Lilith and I wondered if she had returned. The books still have that hard-boiled, noir detective feel, with a supernatural twist. John is doing his thing even after the Lilith War, some of the Nightsiders are rebuilding. Walker makes an appearance also, and still seems to be in charge and powerful. Some hints perhaps that he will feature in the next book and we might find out exactly who is behind him now that the authorities are dead and gone.

    We are currently on book one of this series with our Book Group and will be continuing all the way through because it is such a hugely entertaining series. I don't want to give anything else away from this book and spoil it for anyone, but put it on your TBR lists!
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