"The guy is guilty as sin, he is sin. But, it'll take me a year to get the evidence. More maybe. Maybe good men will be taken down by that evidence. Maybe people make mistakes."
Francis McReary telling Niko Bellic to kill Clarence Little

Holland Nights is a mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to Niko Bellic by Francis McReary.


Francis wants Niko to kill a man named Clarence Little, who is responsible for some of the drug dealing and pimping activities in East Holland. Niko at first is a little reluctant on doing the job, but after negotiating $5,000 with Francis, he accepts saying that this is the last job he will do for him.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to the projects in East Holland
  • Take down Clarence
  • Choose Clarence's fate
  • Lose your wanted level


The target is located in the East Holland projects, on the second floor. Enter the apartments to call Francis so he can give Niko some information before he can kill the target. There are multiple ways of approaching this mission:

The player can throw a Molotov Cocktail at Clarence from downstairs. Be sure that he is dead before running away from Clarence's thugs.

The easiest way to complete the mission: is to go back out the gate which Niko entered to call Francis, go across the road to the Crane in the alley, climb it and use a Sniper rifle to shoot Clarence. This way the player will not get a wanted level and the mission will be completed immediately. Be careful, if the player tries to use a Sniper Rifle from the ground level, Clarence will flee the moment the crosshair moves over him, and the player will be forced to give chase. If Niko crosses to the street opposite the yellow marker and snipes him from there, Clarence will not flee, but Niko will still receive a wanted level.

The main way to complete the mission, is to directly enter the building and chase down Clarence. As soon as the player starts killing Clarence's thugs, he will run to the stairs and stop on the third floor. Keep following him, and kill all his thugs on the way, until Clarence reachs the rooftops. On the roof, the player will have the option to spare him, or kill him. If the player spares him, he will appear as a random character later in the storyline. After the player decides to either kill him or spare him, the police will surround the building, and the player will then need to lose them.

It is also possible to use the other stairs opposite to Clarence's location, and make him cross the rooftop and walk down the stairs, causing him to run back down the stairs and leave the projects fleeing on foot eventually entering a Marbelle with two of his guys armed with SMG's sitting inside already. Doing this removes the opportunity to spare Clarence. The chase isn't scripted, so he will drive anywhere fairly slowly and won't stop until the player kills him or blows up his car.


  • It also helps to call Dwayne to send backup if the player spared him and his like percentage goes up enough to use the feature.
  • If Niko is dating Kiki, and is on good terms with her, the player can call her to lose the wanted level. Another hint is to head to the river, located not too far in the East.




Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 40 - Holland Nights (1080p)

GTA 4 - Mission 40 - Holland Nights (1080p)


  • The mission's title is a reference to the 1989 film "Harlem Nights".
    • The title is also a reference to the Bob Seger song Hollywood Nights, which is featured in GTA V, the sequel to GTA IV.
  • The way Niko refuses to work for $2,000, and asks for $5,000 is similar to a scene in Rockstar Vancouver's Bully, specifically in a mission where the protagonist Jimmy Hopkins demands $5 when Algie offers to pay him $2 for a task.
  • It is also possible to kill him by accessing the police database, this however cancels the mission and doesn't get the player the money.
  • Attacking Clarence's henchmen before entering the yellow marker will fail the mission under the pretense that Clarence escaped the area.
  • An easy way to complete this mission without the drama of a shootout is, after the cutscene with Niko phoning Francis, climb the crane behind the building directly opposite the heights apartment buildings, and use a sniper rifle to pick him off. From the crane, the player will not get a wanted level and the mission will automatically be completed, though the opportunity to spare him will be lost. The trick is demonstrated in this video (at 10:00).