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Hell to Pay (Nightside #7)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  5,943 ratings  ·  131 reviews
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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
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ebook, 272 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
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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
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
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Joshua
Jan 15, 2008 Joshua rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kristin
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
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Aelvana
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
Annathesa Darksbane
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,"
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Marsha
Sure you are now governments I have listened to all of the first seven Nightside
books with my younger son, and they've been great fun! They've all been from Audible, and the narrator (Marc Vietor) is fabulous. He has just the right cynicism and lack of emotion, and appropriate creepiness when called for. here are you willing to accept all
Julie H.
Once again Bad Reader is out of order in a series but reading the one she has on hand. So I missed a big important war that apparently changed lots of things but not everything. Or at least not yet. John Taylor is called in by a client known as The Griffin whose grand-daughter Melissa has gone missing. (Of course, the fact that he recently made said granddaughter his sole heir--much to the chagrin of a litany of other family members--might have something to do with her disappearance. Or perhaps ...more
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
In the last book of this series, our hero, John Taylor saves the world. In this, he's in much more conventional, albeit set in the dark urban fantasy London of the Nightside, locked room mystery. It's good, but boy you can thematic whiplash going from one book to another in this series.
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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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