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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hell to Pay by Simon R. Green (Nightside #7)

Hell to Pay (Nightside, #7)Hell to Pay by Simon R. Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacket Blurb:  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.

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 speak, this revolved around Taylor hitting the pavement and asking questions on his own.  With this method, we still get to see all the interesting nooks and crannies left after the near destruction of Nightside, and a plethora of fascinating things (loved the cars in this one).

The plot pulled me right along, the characters seemed more rounded than in previous books, and the mystery was solid - I didn't say it was hard to figure out, it was a solid mystery. I quite enjoyed the twists and turns, the look at post-Lilith Nightside, and Taylor on his own.  Perhaps my new favorite book in the series.

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