Rivers of London

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Orion, Jan 10, 2011 - Fiction - 384 pages
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My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden ... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.

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Brilliant read. Well written. Magic with attitude, sex and mystery. All 3 books worth a read.

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A really enjoyable read.
I'm still reeling from the sheer enjoyment this read gave me. It wasn't at all what I was expecting - the ideas and situations are so fantastic, in the true sense of the word
. The narrative is witty and matches my sense of humour perfectly. I bought the next book, Moon over Soho, as soon as I'd finished. Read this book - you'd be mad not to! 

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About the author (2011)

Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the 'Capital of the World'. He works as a bookseller when he is not writing novels and TV scripts.

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