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A deadly history.
A dangerous mystery.
And a dark plan coming to light.
IN LONDON, THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD.
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Martin Chorley - aka the Faceless Man - wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch...
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THE 'RIVERS OF LONDON' NOVELS HAVE SOLD OVER TWO MILLION COPIES.
DISCOVER WHY THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST-LOVED BOOK SERIES BEING WRITTEN TODAY.
'Charming, witty and exciting'
Simon Mayo, Radio 2
'As brilliant and funny as ever'
'An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups'
'The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight'
'A darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like.'
Aaronovitch's seventh Peter Grant urban fantasy (after 2016's The Hanging Tree) is more funny than memorable, with the plot overshadowed by the laugh-out-loud prose. Peter, a London police detective constable assigned to the pursuit of paranormal crime, has magic powers himself, and is also an extreme nerd able to distinguish between the depictions of dwarfish iconography in Tolkien's books and those in filmed adaptations. He's on the trail of Martin Chorley, the wizard known as Faceless Man II, who's viewed as a major security threat to the U.K. Chorley has begun stealing artifacts, apparently as part of a plan to "bring back King Arthur... the one that was totally made up by a bunch of Welsh Nationalists and romantic Frenchmen." Aaronovitch's adeptness at injecting humor into the story outweighs the lessening of suspense that results, and his fans will delight in this outing.