I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch….
As I said in my review of the last Peter Grant novel, I just enjoy Ben Aaronovitch’s version of London and spending time there with Peter, Bev, Nightingale, Molly, Toby, Guleed, and all the assortment of other people who populate Peter’s world.
The Folly has certainly become a much busier place and the world of magic is much more acknowledged in this installment than when we first met PC Grant. I’m particularly happy to see Peter’s young cousin, Abigail, getting to learn the basics from Nightingale and starting to participate in the adventures. I do hope that the books won’t lose their charm with more & more people involved in Falcon mattrs! But I’m positively anxious to see more of Muslim-ninja, Guleed. Her character has the greatest promise, at least in my mind.
Hopefully we’ll see more of Molly & Foxglove as well. Now that Bev is a fixture in Peter’s life, I can only hope that more of the magical demi-monde establish themselves in similar fashion. Maybe there’s even hope for Lesley May????
I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be reading anything that Mr. Aaronovitch cares to produce in this story line. Please sir, may we have some more?