Rivers of London (#1)

Author(s): Ben Aaronovitch

Sci-Fi/Fantasy | Staff Picks - Gareth

Peter Grant was just a probationary constable in the Metropolitan Police Service when one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, he tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble, thus bringing him to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now Peter is a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years and his world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, digging up graves in Covent Garden and there's something festering at the heart of London, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.


The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city and it falls to Peter to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.

Aaronovitch nails the black humour of the police perfectly. (And as an UK ex-copper Wardini would know.) Funny, dark and magical - What more could you want?


Product Information

CSI London, Urban Fantasy-style!

Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011.

Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the 'Capital of the World'. He works as a bookseller when he is not writing novels and TV scripts.

General Fields

  • : 9780575097582
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Gollancz
  • : December 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ben Aaronovitch
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 823.914
  • : 432