THE BRAND NEW NOVEL IN THE #1 BESTSELLING RIVERS OF LONDON
There is a world hidden underneath this great city...
The London Silver Vaults - for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a celebrity punch-up.
Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace - only that's what happened.
The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light and memory loss amongst the witnesses all make this a case for Detective Constable Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit.
Alongside their boss DCI Thomas Nightingale, the SAU find themselves embroiled in a mystery that encompasses London's tangled history, foreign lands and, most terrifying of all, the North!
And Peter must solve this case soon because back home his partner Beverley is expecting twins any day now. But what he doesn't know is that he's about to encounter something - and somebody - that nobody ever expects...
Effortlessly original, endlessly inventive and hugely entertaining - step into the world of the much-loved, Number One bestselling Rivers of London series.
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PRAISE FOR BEN AARONOVITCH & THE RIVERS OF LONDON SERIES:
'Charming, witty, exciting'
'Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there more than the real London'
'As brilliant and funny as ever ... Masterfully crafted - gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money'
'An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups'
'Funny and wildly inventive'
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Discover why this incredible series has sold over two million copies worldwide. If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett, you will love the imaginative, irreverent and all-round irresistible RIVERS OF LONDON books.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Devotees of everything from Neil Gaiman to Dan Brown, from Line of Duty to Doctor Who, will find much to savour in this ninth novel in the Rivers Of London series of urban fantasy police procedurals. Protagonist Peter Grant is a detective, dad-to-be and apprentice wizard who works for the Met’s specialist branch dedicated to “weird b**locks” and “magical gubbins”. When a robber holds up a jewellery vault with a fake gun, his heart is swiftly ripped out by something supernatural. As corpses pile up, Grant must unravel a mystical conspiracy involving enchanted rings, religious cults and an angelic super-assassin with a hit-list. The laconic, labyrinthine adventure takes Grant from modern-day Manchester to medieval Spain, via Second World War ghosts. Full of occult jargon, gallows humour and pop culture references, the mystery offers a steampunk alt-history of the metropolis, while the loving but deeply unconventional couple at its centre give it unexpected heart.
Thoroughly entertained and I felt that this was back to the level of the first couple of books in this series opposed to the more recent offrings. Couldn’t put it down and stayed up to 02:35 am to finish it!
I used to love these books. But… The series has definately lost a bit of It’s sparkle, and occasionally, is a bit laboured in including previous cast members to do the same thing again and again.
Also. Not sure if It’s me, but It’s weirdly smug about It’s diverse casting- why does every white person have to have their colour as the first describer? And how come the cast haven’t shown any progression or growth?
In short. Its social idealism is blandifying what could be a rollicking good read.