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Hell to Pay (Nightside #7)

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The illegitimate love child of Raymond Chandler and H.P. Lovecraft...equal parts The Twilight Zone, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Dante's Divine Comedy...H.R. Giger meets Monty Python's Flying Circus. Simon R. Green's Nightside saga -- an audacious amalgam of mystery, fantasy and horror -- may be impossible to accurately describe, but thes
ebook, 272 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Catherine Ford
May 25, 2015 Catherine Ford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
What can I say? I love this series! I loved this book, just like all the others in this series so far. If you haven't read this series, then start it! :] This book was classic Simon R. Green.
Dec 06, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading my way through the first six books of the series and read to what really represented the culmination of one of the main story lines its fun to read a book from the series which is more concerned with the storyline at hand and not the bigger picture (although there are still plenty of references of what happened before and hints of what there is still to come).

Also I think Simon Green felt that after all those books he didn't need to spend so long describing both the characters and
Behdad Ahmadi
مجموعه ای از خزعبلات محض.

همونطور که در نقد جلد قبل نوشتم، احتمال بسیار زیادی می دادم که خلاقیت نویسنده ته کشیده باشه و همینطور هم شد.

تمام شخصیت ها، رفتار ها، طنز ها، وقایع، و حتا ساختار شکنی ها تکراری بودن
برای بار هزارم یه نیرویی جلوی چشم سوم تیلور رو می گرفت،
برای بار هزارم جان تیلور به تمام رستوران های بالای شهر سر زد.
برای بار هزار و دویستم، سناریوی کسل کننده و نا امید کننده سر و کله زدن تیلور با محافظ جلوی رستوران ها تکرار شد.
و باز هم تیلور به هر رستورانی رفت، اونجا رو به گند کشید و کلی آدم کش
Aug 31, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, modern-fantasy
As a longtime fan, this is the book that turned me off to the Nightside series, and it's all the Griffon's fault.

Well, not entirely. Green has a noticeably repetitive writing style, not just in plot lines but in descriptions. The latter being the part that really gets on my nerves after this many books into a series, not to mention when the same descriptions are also used in the other books and series that he has written. I mean, if every place is "so bad even the rats are only passing through,"
Jaz Primo
Jul 14, 2011 Jaz Primo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 25, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: __read-in-2015
I can understand why some people had problems with this book after the adrenaline rush from the previous two books.

I, however, loved it, even though my favourite characters weren't in it that much (and some not at all). It was nice and refreshing to have John solving a mystery after everything with Lilith and the time travelling and what not.

Looking forward to the next book! I really regret not reading these as they came out. I'm doing them on audio and the narrator is AMAZING.

Also, when the
Jan 15, 2008 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2016 Erick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably should say 3 stars or 3.5 stars for this one. Mainly because the main storyline was a bit laughable. John goes and does his thing, which is fun and interesting as usual. But basically, he fails miserably in the end and has the case gift wrapped for him on a platter when he's actually reached a dead end. Oh, goody, that's one way to get out of a hole. Just didn't like that aspect. Love the characters as usual though, except the stuck up Griffins who were all a bit annoying.
May 27, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After the somewhat chaotic and destructive Sharper than a Serpents Tooth (#6) this felt like a return to what drew me into the series to start with - an interesting urban fantasy with a solid mystery and fantastic characters.

Our protagonist, John Taylor, is unable to use his gift ("his third eye, his private eye...") to solve the task set before him, which added an interesting element to the plot. And in a slight departure from gathering up the usual suspects to go forth and do battle, so to spe
Pritesh Patil
Some of the descriptions of characters who readers have now known for 7 books are getting too repetitive, copy paste without much changed makes it annoying and if I hear John say, 'It was the easiest thing in the world for me to do xyz using my gift', I will personally go into the Nightside and punch him in the face for his lack of creativity.

But despite these qualms, Simon's ability to make interesting characters, situations and descriptions with swift resolutions (instant gratification, anyone
Jul 25, 2015 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well, even though its a nightside novel, and had all the makings of a good one, this just doenst do the series any justice!
After reading book 3 to 6, I had high hopes for the overall series, but I was really dissappointed to see that Green didnt quite follow up with the book 6 on this seventh installment in the series.
WHile the plot seemed so similar to the first book, the lines got very repetetive and I was really on the verge of let go of this series!

THe entire book appeared to be forced out
Love these stories. They have really grown from the humble beginnings of the first book to something where the Nightside and the characters in it are tangible and familiar while still being varied enough to keep everything very interesting.

Hell to Pay was the first story after the Lillith War and actually turned out to be very good. So why only 3 stars? It's the repetition of the phrase "I reached out with my gift and it was the easiest thing in the world to...." Please! Change it up a little!!
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the war over the Nightside wrapped up in the previous volume, this one was more of a stand-alone kidnapping mystery. Taylor is investigating the richest remaining family, the Griffins, to find their missing granddaughter. There are lots of nuns with machine guns. As far as the mystery itself, I figured some things out far, far too soon. I much prefer the Hawk and Fisher mysteries, but Taylor's got a few interesting tricks up his sleeve. And yet again, the humor value is one of the best reas ...more
Enjoyable book in a long-running series greatly enhanced by the narration of of Marc Vietor.
In this book, John Taylor is asked to look into the kidnapping of the granddaughter of an immortal, ruthless businessman in the Nightside.
Susie is not involved in this book and John is left on his own to investigate a very mixed up, nasty, confused family. without the benefit of his talent, which seems to be shut down every time he attempts to use it.
The usual black humour mixed in with the mystery.
Jun 28, 2016 Sherri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My reviews on this series are going to be incredibly repetitive, because they books themselves are pretty repetitive. Green apparently does a "cut and paste" when writing his character descriptions, though his series is not quite as bad as his "Hawk and Fisher" series in that department. That tendency automatically gets this book (and all others after it) lose a star just because I get bored reading the same first chapter in every book. No extra stars gained back for the plot because *poof* the ...more
Nathan Burgoine
At the start of the series, with 'Something From the Nightside,' you were introduced to John Taylor, a man with a very unique gift for a very unique place. The Nightside is a mirror place beneath and beside London, where it's always three in the morning, the moon is always full, and anything can be bought or sold - and let the buyer beware. Gods walk with devils, cars are often sentient (and hungry), and the future and the past leak to the present via timeslips. It's a dangerous place. And while ...more
John Parungao
You'd think that after surving the Lilith War John Taylor would have an easy case for once. At least that's what he thinks when he's called upon to locate the missing Granddaughter of a well known denizen of the Nightside. No such luck. Taylor has been asked by the immortal Jeremiah Griffen to locate Griffen's granddaughter and sole heir, Melissa. Melissa has disappeared, posibly a victim of kidnapping. The clock is ticking. No problem, John Taylor, the man who can find anything will just use hi ...more
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
Dec 10, 2008 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2012 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, fiction
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
Jan 23, 2009 Nellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 24, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Kat  Hooper
Aug 08, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fanlit:

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
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
Feb 13, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2012 Jessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (kittiwake)
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
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
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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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