Rivers of London: The First Rivers of London novel - A Rivers of London novel (Paperback)Ben Aaronovitch (author)
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A divine mash-up of comedy, crime and fantasy, Rivers of London is the book that kick-started the formidably successful Peter Grant series. Overlaying a wonderful supernatural gloss on the streets and landmarks of the capital, Aaronovitch provides a thrillingly exciting opening mystery for his detective/apprentice wizard protagonist.
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 voluble, 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.
A former Waterstones’ bookseller, Ben Aaronovitch cut his teeth writing for television including Doctor Who before turning to the inspiration of crime fiction to fashion Rivers of London. Storming the bestseller lists the novel and it’s subsequent sequels delve into the murky underbelly of London as seen through the eyes of magician-detective Peter Grant, throwing in just a dash of magic for good measure.
‘The books deliver a charming, witty and exciting romp through a magical world not all that far from our own, offering a delightfully escapist side-track.’ – The Independent
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 34 mm
Funny and wildly inventive * Mail on Sunday *
Masterfully crafted . . . gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money * The Sun *
Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there even more than the real London * Nick Frost *
Charming, witty, exciting * Independent *
An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups * The Times *
What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. A hilarious, keenly imagined caper * Diana Gabaldon *
A consummate story of real policing in a vividly real world intersecting the decidedly unreal to marvellous effect. Filled with detail and imagination, the quality of this achievement stands out, making Aaronovitch a name to watch * Peter F. Hamilton *
Magical, mysterious and mesmerising, Rivers of London will have you spellbound * Total Sci Fi *
An engaging mix of magic and police procedural, this is a great kick off to a very promising series as well as the most satisfying fantasy thriller to hit bookshelves in quite some time. Witty, imaginative and gripping * SFX *
We can't fault the pace, ingenuity and creativity of Rivers of London. With each page, we're eager to learn more about this mysterious new world, set on very familiar streets * Londonist.com *
The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter * i09 *
Great, great fun * Simon Mayo, Radio 2 *
It's a real treat - Hot Fuzz meets Harry Potter via hardboiled police procedural - with a compelling cast of characters and a nail-biting mystery to be solved * Living North *
Rivers of London manages to be fresh and original and a wonderful read. I loved it * Charlaine Harris *
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