Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

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Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

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About Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC television's legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. He has also penned several groundbreaking TV tie-in novels. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant, followed by Moon Over Soho.
Published February 1, 2011 by Del Rey. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Fantasy Literature

On the one hand, he’s trying to master his magic (there are hints that magic has a methodical, even scientific underpinning going back to centuries of research) and investigating the strange, random murders occurring in London, but he’s also a bachelor in the city, dealing with the various young ...

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Grasping For The Wind

In this hilarious paranormal cop drama, author Ben Aaronovitch focuses much more on police life than magical elements to make this story an even better mystery than it is paranormal urban fantasy.

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The 'rivers' of the title refers to a set of saucy water nymphs whose names follow those of London's watercourses - Fleet, Ty, Beverley Brook, et al.

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A new novel weaves London folklore and Metropolitan Police procedure in a bewildering tale of magical mayhem.

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Leiah Cooper 26 May 2015

“I gave the prescribed Metropolitan Police “first greeting”.

“Oi!” I said “What do you think you’re doing?” ― Ben Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot

“’Conflict resolution,’ said Nightingale, ‘Is this...

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Leiah Cooper 26 May 2015

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