by Ben Aaronovitch
Del Rey, $7.99, 310 pp
Release Date: February 1, 2011
This is the debut of rookie cop and magical apprentice Peter Grant.
Probationary Constable Peter Grant wanted to be a homicide detective, but got assigned to the land of paper cuts. But, when in the aftermath of an impossible murder, Peter gets information from a ghost. This brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale who investigates crimes involving the uncanny. Peter is recruited and apprenticed while remaining a cop and is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback.
Aaronovitch is a former writer for Doctor Who and a taste of irony raises its head. The writing is fresh and brings new meaning to “on the job training”. It not only is rife with action, it is FUN. The next volume is Moon over Soho. I plan to collect these. You will too. ~~ Pam Allan