Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

There’s something sinister lurking in London’s criminal underbelly. A malicious spirit hell-bent on instigating riot and rebellion amongst ordinary, law-abiding citizens.

Abnormally violent and disturbing assaults have been reported all over the city and it’s up to Constable Peter Grant to identify the common link and halt the uprising. The grotesque, usually fatal, injuries of the perpetrators hint at something supernatural. A suspicion confirmed by a witness who claims he died 120 years ago, and the revelations of his mentor Inspector Thomas Nightingale.

Until the night of the first murder, Grant is a common-or-garden, newly-qualified Police Constable trying to make it through the ranks. He is shocked to learn he has a gift for the ‘uncanny’ and has been drafted into Nightingale’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit to begin his training as a wizard. And that’s when things really start to get interesting.

Rivers of London is a rip-roaring ride through the streets of London. Expertly written, with lively scenes and consistently humorous narrative, the book ends far too quickly. Peter Grant is an immediately likeable character and Inspector Nightingale is suitably mysterious and engaging. Surprising and expertly crafted reveals and plot twists make this an excellent first book from an exciting writing talent. I am already on the hunt for more books by this author.

Posted by RJB

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