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- Editor: AUDIBLE STUDIOS ON BRILLIANCE; Edición: Unabridged (2 de agosto de 2016)
- Colección: Nightside
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1522689427
- ISBN-13: 978-1522689423
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Hell to Pay (Nightside) (Inglés) CD MP3 – Audiolibro, Audio MP3, Super audio CD - DSD
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"The name's John Taylor. I'm a PI, though what I really do is find things that are lost. I work the Nightside, the city within the city of London, where the sun never rises and where the human and inhuman go to get their kicks, provided they're willing to pay the price in whatever currency the seller demands.
"In the wake of the war that almost brought the Nightside to total ruin, there's a power vacuum begging to be filledand some think I should take charge. I don't agree. Neither does the immortal known as Griffin. Wealthy beyond reason, he has his own ideas about who should be running things. Still, when his granddaughterand designated heiris kidnapped, he calls on me to find her. But someoneor some Thingis blocking my special gift. So this time, I'm going to have to do my job the hard way. And quickly, or the Griffin will have to choose a new heir...."
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Set in the aftermath of the Lilith War that ripped through the Nightside, maybe we were up for something a little more low-key. This book has a twist in that John must find someone, but is unable to do it the quick way he usually does. Instead, he has to hit the streets, as it were, to question witnesses and track down leads. This immediately sets the stage for a really powerful adversary. Maybe that is why this one seemed a little slower and less full of the action I expected. I guess it was just more "normal" and less John Taylor.
Along the way, there are some favorite (Dead Boy) and some new characters who show up, and we are exposed to some new locations within the Nightside. Green's humor helps hold our attention during the lulls between action. The storybook characters Bruin Bear and his companion the Sea Goat (who, incidentally, loves his booze) are good for comic relief.
Because his "Sight" has been shut down Taylor has to actually find and interview the parties who hold keys to the puzzle of the missing heiress. He has to actually be a detective and has to talk to people for purposes other than threatening to disembowel them. It was refreshing and entertaining to remember than John Taylor is a clever and resourceful gumshoe, and not just Lilith's son in some multi-book story arc. And Taylor's a good detective.
It was also nice to get a break from Suzie Shooter and some of the other regulars. That said, there are several new characters who are fully imagined and very welcome. This almost feels like a post-Lilith war reboot, and that was fine by me.
For what it's worth there is a cocktail party held by the Griffin about 80% into the book. The party is intended to flush out the bad guys and so all of the suspects and all of the most colorful denizens of the Nightside are in attendance. Green doesn't rush through the party, but lets us wander around with Taylor as he interacts with the usual characters, the characters featured in this story, and some special guest characters. It really is like attending the funkiest cocktail party ever and it just goes on and on while we enjoy it. It's mostly red herrings, but some of the individual exchanges are priceless and its worth the whole book right there.
So, if you thought the Nightside was getting a little tired, or predictable, or too much into kitchen sink drama and lovelorn John Taylor, this is a very satisfying and worthy return to form. Very entertaining and still top drawer Green.
The Nightside (And his other nightside-esque series, the Secret History series) are occasionally tongue in cheek, with a bit of tart wit and snarky cynicism. Nightside features (if you aren't already reading it) a private eye by the name of John Taylor (similarities to John Constantine not withstanding) with a cynical British wit and a dark humor. His hero, Taylor, has the same humanity and moments of weakness as Butcher's Dresden, with wit straight out of Hearne's best pieces...and credit where credit is due, Simon Green's books pre-date both of them.
The series uses a series of literary devices that can either be entertaining or drolly overdone, depending on your viewpoint. Having grown up as a yank fed on BBC and Sky, I found the consistently used "I've got a slap in my pocket", and "soundly beaten round the head and shoulders" comments cute and useful as a method of grounding the story in modern-ish british pop culture.
You don't expect the dialogue to be something you'd hear on the street in London - it's the Nightside, after all. Green keeps the stories consistent, the characters and dialogue consistent within their mien, and while the plot points can be a bit out there...the overdone garishness of the backdrop of the Nightside makes it easy to keep suspending disbelief like a good reader.
In all - the Nightside is a series of books that I personally take to reading beside the fire, or locked in the house on days off from work. They're short compared to George Martin or John Ringo's books, not so deep that I feel a sense of loss when I have to put them down, and engaging enough that I can pick one up at any point in the story and feel like I'm welcome to keep reading.