Rivers of London (Rivers of London, #1)
Ben Aaronovitch

Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

Rivers of London (Rivers of London, #1) book cover

“I’ve already told the police what happened, but they didn’t believe me. Why should you?” he said. “Because we’re the people that believe people that other people don’t believe,” I said.

This was gripping, gritty fiction with humour that works and magic handled neatly. Postmodern, almost, I thought – an upgraded, slicker Dresden files set in Britain. If you like that sort of thing, highly recommended.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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