Hell to Pay (Nightside, #7)
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Hell to Pay (Nightside #7)

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In the wake of the war that left the Nightside leaderless, Jeremiah Griffin-one of the last of the immortal human families-plans to fill the power vacuum. But his granddaughter has disappeared, and he wants John Taylor to use his special abilities to find her. Except someone-or something-is blocking Taylor's abilities.

Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Ace
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Karissa
This is the 7th book in Simon Green's Nightside series. To me this book seemed to be very much a transition book. Being that the 6th book capped off the over arcing storyline, it is not surprising that this book is a bit weak. I still enjoyed reading it; although it just wasn't nearly as good as Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth was.

In the aftermath of Lilith's War the Nightside needs a new leader and with John Taylor stepping aside; Walker is trying to fill that space. If there is anyone who can c...more
Joshua
Jan 15, 2008 Joshua rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who really liked the first book or anyone who likes a good mystery
Book 7. This is a throwback to the very first book and Mr. Green keeps things simple in this one. Probably because after reading the epicness in the last few books, this one feels a bit of a let-down. Not to say this is a terrible story, but it is by far the weakest in the series. I was hesitant to read this one because at the time, this was the last book released in the Nightside series. However, Mr. Green has just released a new Nightside book so I didn't have long to worry. This is a simple d...more
Chichipio
Here, we have a regression to the formula used in the first few books. The mystery is not bad, though the guilty part was obvious in more ways than one. But, the problem here is that, being the 7th book in the series, there's very little separating this book from your run of the mill PI mystery. Green can't rely in the novelty of his fantastic world anymore, and there aren't any new potential long-term characters, either, like in books 1-3. After the last 3 books, I get that feeling of "being th...more
Gareth Otton
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...more
Jaz Primo
Hell to Pay, the seventh Nightside novel in Simon Green’s amazing series, was an excellent read! The story harkened back to John Taylor’s roots, being a private investigator in the mysterious, and always irreverent, hidden world near London called the Nightside. It was refreshing to see John back in his primary role as the infamous “man who can find anything or anyone” following the near-apocalyptic events of recent installments in the series. This time, John must locate the missing heiress to J...more
Cameron
Jeremiah Griffin who is one of the Immortals in the nightside summons John Taylor to his home and hires him to find his soon to be 18 year old granddaughter Melissa. Griffin offers him 10 million pounds to find her. Taylor specializes in locating lost things; his Sight-which allows him to see into other dimensions-should be ideal for the task. But when an entity in the Griffin's mansion blocks his abilities, Taylor must investigate the old-fashioned way: questioning the Griffin's family members...more
Lori
Green's Nightside is all the wonders and horrors of this world, and many others, available in one place, making shopping easy - if you can afford the price.
Told from the first person perspective of John Taylor, a "refugee" of the Nightside recently returned from five years living in the mundane London Proper, this series offers a unique take on many ideas.
While it follows the noir trope of a private investigator down on his luck, who often takes cases for reasons other than cash, the book also...more
Nellie
John Taylor is a private investigator that can find anything. But it isn't by normal means that he looks for things or people. he has a special gift.

the Lilith War is over and the Nightside is still putting itself together. There is a current vaccum left by the Authorities who ruled the Nightside with an iron fist in the form of one man. Lilith made sure they knew who was really in charge.

The Griffin is a powerful man. Nobody is anybody if they haven't been to a Griffin party and the man himsel...more
Neil
Hell to Pay, Book 7 of Simon R. Green's Nightside series, returns to its Urban Fantasy-Noir roots after the culmination of the Lilith War in the prior book, as John Taylor uses his particular talents to find a missing heiress.

The pacing of this book didn't feel as frantic as book 6 in the series, likely due to the nature of the story (Pulp P.I. novel versus cataclysmic end of days), which allowed me as a reader to sink back and savour the characters and the environments. By now, having read up t...more
Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at Fanlit: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...

Hell to Pay, the seventh novel in Simon R. Green’s NIGHTSIDE series, takes a turn in tone. For the past few installments John Taylor has been dealing with his mother, Lilith, who brought an epic war to the Nightside. Now the war is over and there’s a power vacuum. Jeremiah Griffin, a rich powerful immortal man, plans to fill the void. During his machinations, though, his granddaughter disappears, having apparently been kidnappe...more
Kathy Davie
Seventh in the Nightside dark urban fantasy series for young adults revolving around the infamous John Taylor, scourge of evil and anyone else who just plain pisses him off.

The Story
John Taylor is hired to find the designated heir to the Griffin empire kidnapped shortly after the Griffin made a new will designating young Melissa as his sole heir, cutting out the rest of the family.

Unfortunately, JT is hampered in his search as some big bad is thwarting the use of his Third Eye. The Eye he uses...more
Amanda
With the end of the Nightside looming close, it was time to take stock of everything that I've come to love about this dark and gritty world that never ceases to amaze and entertain. As I was preparing to press the button on my online purchase of the thirteenth and final book in the series, The Bride Wore Black Leather, I couldn't help but reflect on my unique and rather long-time relationship with the Nightside. I first picked up book 3, Nightingale's Lament, back in high school because I was i...more
Jessa
Jun 17, 2012 Jessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The is book seven if the nightside/John Taylor series and I really liked this book, probably more so even then the last one. The major story arc with John's mother Lilith has come to an end. She has been defeated and the nightside is currently rebuilding after the war. John is back to being a private eye with a special gift, only his reputation has grown. He's been hired with to find the missing granddaughter of one of the nightside's oldest immortals, and of course nothing is what it seems. Als...more
Isabel
I looked at him for a long moment. “Are you saying,” I managed finally, “that not only did Melissa’s kidnappers remove her from this Hall without anyone noticing, but that they walked off with all her belongings as well? And no-one saw anything? Is that what you’re saying?”
“Yes, sir.”
“I have a major slap with your name on it in my pocket, Hobbes.”
“I feel I should also point out that no magics will function in Griffin Hall unless authorised by a member of the Griffin family, sir. So Miss Melissa
...more
Rachel
With the Lilith War resolved, life has gone back to more-or-less normal in the Nightside. John Taylor, now just a particularly dangerous PI, is hired to find the missing granddaughter of The Griffin, the most powerful immortal in the Nightside (other than maybe Walker). The twist is that The Griffin has left his entire fortune to his granddaughter, providing the other members of the family some incentive to want her to stay missing. And when Taylor tries to use his gift to find her, something mo...more
LJ
HELL TO PAY (PI/Fantasy-Nightside-3 a.m.) – VG
Green, Simon R.- 7th in series
ACE Fantasy, 2007- US Paperback – ISBN 13:9780441014606
*** PI John Taylor has been hired, for ten million pounds, by Jeremiah Griffith to find his missing granddaughter. Griffith is not the most powerful man in Nightside and immortal. He is said to have made a pact with the Devil and as long as his grandchildren don’t reach the age of adulthood, he, his wife and children, remain immortal. So why is he now so determined t...more
The Flooze
(Heaps of continuity errors in this one. The sorts of errors that any editor paying a lick of attention to the story should have picked up on. Aggravating.)

Some reviewers felt this book was a letdown after the dramatic Mommie Dearest arc. How could Taylor just go calmly back to business as usual?

But how could he not? John's appeal lies in his steadfast ability to pick up and carry on, despite facing umpteen horrors. Though I understand the last book provided a logical end-point for the series, i...more
Minh
While it's always great to read a new novel in a loved series, I couldn't help but feel let down by the latest edition which seemed to bring the pace down a notch or so.

After the epic battle of book 6, it's a little surprising to see book 7 out. I started reading the series after reading that book 7 had come out, to the surprise of a few fans as the series could have ended comfortably on book 6. I understand what they were saying now and half wish myself that book 7... hadn't come out.

Book 7 c...more
Fantasy Literature
Hell to Pay: Takes a turn in tone

Hell to Pay, the seventh novel in Simon R. Green’s NIGHTSIDE series, takes a turn in tone. For the past few installments John Taylor has been dealing with his mother, Lilith, who brought an epic war to the Nightside. Now the war is over and there’s a power vacuum. Jeremiah Griffin, a rich powerful immortal man, plans to fill the void. During his machinations, though, his granddaughter disappears, having apparently been kidnapped. Griffin needs John Taylor, the ma...more
Jenevieve
The 7th book in the Nightside series by Simon Green. Lilith is gone and defeated but in her wake she has left despair and devastation including the removal of The Authorities who were nominally in charge of the Nightside. Now there is a power-vacuum and someone has to step in. Good money is on Jeremiah Griffin who managed to become immortal centuries ago and has spent that time accumulating money, power, and enemies. So why is Griffin calling upon John Taylor? Someone has kidnapped his granddaug...more
David Palazzolo
I had almost forgotten how much I love the series. Simon Green is a master at playing with all the conventions of genre fiction and weaving them into a fresh looking tapestry. The best way to describe the Nightside books is to try to think of a series co-written by Raymond Chandler and Clive Barker with a dash of Doctor Who for flavoring. Green is able to alternate between funny tongue-in-cheek and heavily emotional moments with ease while peppering the story liberally with the best throw-away c...more
Julie
I hate to say it but I could barely get through this book. After absolutely tearing through the first six, this one was a bit of a let down after the build up leading to the war with Lilith.

It still had some of the funniest one liners and supporting cast I've ever seen in a book. There's something about nuns with guns that's hysterically funny. And I love any book that Dead Boy slides into. Plus, there was an appearance by an Angelina Jolie-like transgender, so really, there was still a bunch of...more
Malette Poole
A stand alone, slightly outside of the Nightside Cycle but with all the same characters and rules, such as they are, it chronicles the further adventures of John Taylor, Suzie Shotgun, Dead Boy (and his wonderful car) as well as other assorted beings.

Nightside is a 'shadow' city to London, containing all that is imagined and feared as well as desired and coveted. Enough said there.

Green can turn a phrase, warp a cliché with the best or turn a wayward observation into a treatise on life, all wit...more
Melissa
I'm reading this aloud to my husband, and we're halfway through.

Slower than the last three books from the Green's Nightside series, but there was bound to be a letdown after the end of the Lilith war. The Nightside is pulling itself back together and finding its feet/tentacles/pseudopodia etc. and John Taylor is tracking down the missing granddaughter of the Nightside's most powerful immortal.

It's light and funny and full of interesting and amusing characters. The language and style are beautifu...more
Bill Rogers
Another fast, fun read. If I don't rate this one as high as the previous, it is because I thought I understood the mystery fairly early, and I was disappointed that I was right. Still, it is an entertaining, quick read.

The more I know about the Nightside the less I'd like to visit it for real, were such possible- and maybe it is. Who knows what you might find if you make a wrong turn in an obscure London alley? But it's always fun to visit.

John Taylor has a habit of encountering unbeatable Maxi...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the 7th Nightside book by Simon R. Green. I absolutely love this series. It's so darn cool.

The first 6 books were excellent too, and mostly dealt with who John Taylor's mother really was. This one starts on another path, I suppose. Here we meet a family of immortals called the Griffins. The imagery in this world beneath London is outstanding! And the tale that unfolds very interesting and cool. For once John has to try and find someone without the use of his gift.

'The Griffin' has summon...more
Kalendra Dee
The Lilith war is over, but a power vacuum has occurred in the Nightside. An immortal known as the Griffin happens to think he’s the one to take charge. Unfortunately, his granddaughter, Melissa, has been kidnapped and her abduction might have something to do with his own ambitions. Hiring John Taylor to find Melissa might have seen like a good idea, but Taylor has his own ideas on how to proceed with the case. With the Griffin’s family an absolute bunch of horrors, Taylor knows he’s running out...more
Erica
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Mysteryfan
I went on a Nightside binge this week and read five of the first seven. The books are quick easy reads. The series features John Taylor with a magical gift for finding things and an attitude about authority. The books are urban detective fantasies, set in an alternate dark London. The plots are pretty basic. The first few books in the series are connected as Taylor tries to find out about his past, especially his mother. I like the secondary characters more than the main one. There's an interest...more
Tredain
Nophoto-u-25x33 Another addition to the fantastic series I recently discovered. Simon R Green is an excellent writer. like he was pulling these stories straight out of my dreams. The Nightside series is an amazing blend of sci fi, fantasy, horror, wrapped in a noir style package. It suffers at times from Deus Ex Machina but in terms of the story it makes complete sense given the setting. I've eaten through the first 6 books and picked up this one just recently. I'm looking forward to the next tw...more
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

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“My name is John Taylor. I’m a private eye, specialising in cases of the weird and uncanny. I don’t solve murders, I don’t do divorce work, and I wouldn't recognise a clue if you held it up before my face and said Look, this is a clue.” 5 likes
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