Ballantine Books, Del Rey
Rating: 4 Cups
Just thinking about his upcoming review has Probationary Constable Peter Grant bemoaning the certainty that he is about to be chained to a desk for the rest of his career. This all changes on a very chilly night while he and his partner, Leslie, stand guard to secure a very gruesome murder scene.
The agreement that Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale spends most of his time enforcing is about to get a major shake-up. The unexpected need for an apprentice has everyone on edge, but with the escalation in violence, time is of the essence, and he will need all the help he can get.
Peter was fairly certain that he had seen just about everything as a constable on the streets of London, until he comes face to face with an actual ghost. It completely shot his whole belief system out of the water, but that is only just the beginning. His fears of being nothing more than a paper pusher are long gone, and now he only has to worry about his face falling off, his brain shriveling up, and maybe eternal damnation. Thomas takes his young charge under his wing, and presses as much knowledge as possible into Peter’s mind, but the challenges they face may be more than either are capable of withstanding.
The busy streets of London come to life in the hands of Ben Aaronovitch. His characters are wonderfully snappy and sarcastic, and his knowledge of London past and present is immensely entertaining. Peter’s character especially is the perfect embodiment of London’s cultural diversity, adorable, feisty, and at times completely clueless. I very much look forward to more adventures from Peter, Thomas, and the frighteningly enigmatic Molly (yikes!).
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More