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 (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 valuable, 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.
©2011 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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"Great Story with a good narrator"
The Book contains a mysterious fantasy story mixed together with a classic detective scheme. Never boring or predictable. The audiobooks narrator is perfect for Peter, the protagonist, and good enough for other characters.
"A change from what I normally read"
I habitually stick to more classic SF like Arthur C Clarke & Ray Bradbury so this was a departure for me. To begin with the narration sounded like the intro to a 70s TV cop drama, but it grew on me & it may be my imagination but it seemed less 'affected' as the book went on. I enjoyed the story, esp as I hail from the capital myself. The characters were good and I began to care about them. The ending was as good a place as any to stop. A poor ending can ruin a whole story. My only slight gripe was not quite knowing whether Nightingale recovers from his injuries. I will definitely be getting the next in the series.
"Great twist on London copper theme"
Loved the Actual rivers characters, very clever plot twists woven using London's rich tapestry of history. Will be looking out for more. really enjoyed narrator - diverse & enjoyable accents.
Enjoyed listening to this book. The supernatural element of the story was a refreshing change from normal detective / crime novels. The comedy quips were cheerful and moved story on well. Did get a bit confused towards the end as if I d missed a segment but won't describe it as could be a spoiler. The audio performance was great - lovely voice perfect for the role of Peter.
Attractive cast of characters.
Original, ironic and imaginative take on the Met and crime.
Will I get the next book? I'm not hugely drawn, the plot is a touch facile, could blank out at times without losing a great deal. But yes, I'll enjoy another.
"Absolutely Magical! "
I was glued right from beginning to end! Fabulously written & brilliant choice of narrator!
Loves it. I had read the book before listening to this. The story was beautifully realised brilliantly performed.
"Had to keep listening!"
I bought this audio book for my husband as he enjoys crime & thriller novels.
Having to make many train journeys recently I started to listen to the reciting story, I was always disappointed to reach my destination and had to stop listening.
If you enjoy crime with a twist of magic (quite a big twist) then this is the book for you. Excellent reader to add to the pleasure.
"The Bill meets The Unknown"
I loved the attention given to the locations and history of London. I followed the narrative with a map! Also, the very straight description of Met Police procedure and culture mixed with matter-of-fact encounters with the supernatural is a great device.
The narrative was quite complex -- unique, really -- and was handled very well. The book wavered a bit at the end with the plot slightly falling over itself, but I will soon start the second book in the series.
For me personally this book didn't work. I listen to my books and I found the speed of the reading, even at the slowest speed, to be too fast. To be fair this may be because the subject matter didn't engage me. I know we are all very different but this is my first audible book that I have not finished. I was bored but I see from reviews others have enjoyed it so maybe that tells me that if I revisit it at some time in the future I may find what I missed this time?
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