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Hell to Pay (Nightside) [Mass Market Paperback]

Simon R. Green
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reissue edition (26 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441014607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441014606
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 April 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Love this series of book, great storytelling!! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes something different from the run of the mill fantasy!
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