Book 7 in the #1 bestselling Rivers of London series
Book 7 in the Rivers of London series, from Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch.
In London, the past is never dead. It only lies sleeping...
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...
Praise for the Rivers of London novels:
'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'
'Charming, witty, exciting'
'An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups'
Discover why this incredible series has sold over two million copies around the world. If you're a fan of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams - don't panic - you will love Ben Aaronovitch's imaginative, irreverent and all-round irresistible novels.
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.