Now in paperback, the eighth book of the bestselling Rivers of London series returns to the adventures of Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, as he solves magical crimes in the city of London.
Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with émigré Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up—the Serious Cybernetics Company.
Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son.
Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological—and just as dangerous.
Aaronovitch showcases a superlative blend of whimsy and grit in the eighth Rivers of London urban fantasy (after Lies Sleeping). Magic practitioner Peter Grant leaves his position in the Metropolitan Police and lands a job with the Serious Cybernetics Corporation, whose head of security suspects a rat within the organization and wants Grant to root out who it is. Grant soon stumbles on a promising lead when he spots Jacob Astor, a fellow magic user who Grant recognizes from a previous investigation, trying to break into a restricted area of Serious Cybernetics. The plot thickens when Grant learns that the company is working for the Russian government to develop algorithms meant to influence public opinion and an attempt is made on the life of the company founder. The suspenseful mystery at the novel's core is laced with humor and charm. Jim Butcher meets Douglas Adams in this winning series installment.