Rivers of London : Peter Grant

  • by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Series: Peter Grant
  • 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly valuable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden... and there's something festering at the heart of the city I love, 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's falling to me to bring order out of chaos - or die trying.

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A kind of English Harry Dresden

This was a great book!

The story is set in modern day London and centres around a young PC who begins training as a wizard. It's in a similar vein to the Harry Dresden novels. There are lots of descriptions of London locations, so especially if you know the city, it's loads of fun.

The narrator does a really good job and gives depth and personality to the characters.
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- Jeremy

Wow! A fantastic book

This is the first of the Peter Grant books. British policemen with magic. A really well written book that plausibly brings magic into the modern world. Beautifully read by Kobna Holbrook-Smith who makes the English accents sound great (at least to Australian ears). Really worth reading, and I'd recommend the rest of the series once you have finished this one.
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- Suzanna

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2011
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited