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Midnight Riot (PC Peter Grant Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ben Aaronovitch
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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Editorial Reviews


“Fresh, original and a wonderful read. I loved it.”—Charlaine Harris

Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. It is a hilarious, keenly imagined caper.”—Diana Gabaldon

“Filled with detail and imagination . . . Aaronovitch is a name to watch.”—Peter F. Hamilton

“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.”

“Aaronovitch has created a fun and funny character in Grant, who displays wit more than snark (a welcome attitude) and shows he can think on his feet. . . . It's a great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures.”

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About the Author

Ben Aaronovitch, a London-born writer who has worked on television series, is the author of Midnight Riot, Moon Over Soho, and Whispers Under Ground.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a Ghanaian-born, British actor who has appeared on stage, film, and television, including Little Britain and Sirens. His audiobook narrations include Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna.

Product Details

  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034552425X
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43F70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London starring. February 13, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rivers of London is the long-awaited original series from popular TV and tie-in writer Ben Aaronovitch. A darkly comedic police procedural, Rivers is a deliciously more-ish book that is nearly impossible to put down.

The book (and presumably, the forthcoming series) features Peter Grant, a somewhat mediocre police officer who suddenly discovers that he's, well, magical. Or at least, suddenly aware of the magical. Young Grant was on the fast track to a bureaucratic desk job, but now his life is much, much more interesting. Grant is poached for duty by Chief Inspector Nightingale, the Met's divisional head (and the entire division) for Creepy Magical Stuff.

It all happens just in time. The Rivers of London, at least, their magical embodiments, are having a turf war - it is in the pushing and shoving phase, but still, if it goes wrong, the city will be in bad shape. Grant is also juggling a second supernatural case - a nasty serial-killer of a poltergeist is beating people to death and making their faces fall off.

The Occult Detective has transformed into a recognisable genre stereotype. The 'O.D.' generally has a supernatural knack but, more commonly, solves problems through fast talking, "people skills" and general cunning. He's a bit of an outsider, something exacerbated by the fact that he Knows stuff that The Rest of Us don't. He's the tarnished knight type - cynical due to the problems in his own past. And 98% percent of the time? He wears a long coat.

Peter Grant (and CDI Nightingale) are the most recent branches of the motley family tree that includes Felix Castor, Harry Dresden, Johns Taylor, Constantine and Silence, and even, arguably, Doctor Who.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different London, a different underworld February 22, 2012
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Peter Grant is a London police officer going on with his ordinary life. He has a washed-up jazz artist father, a complicated African mother, and a female best friend and lust object. He is also curious and highly distractible. I found this a sympathetic character trait. On a night much like any other, he is standing around at a crime scene when a ghost tells him about the murder most foul, as ghosts are wont to do. His life gets a lot more complicated all of a sudden, what with a smelly ghost-finding dog, a strangely ageless magical mentor, and an assignment to the X Files of the London constabulary.

I bought this book because the publishers made a questionable decision about the cover. There has been some awareness on the parts of the internet that I frequent that publishers targeting American audiences "whitewash" their covers. The most famous example that I can think of was Justine Larbalestier's Liar, which is about a biracial protaganist. The original proposed cover showed a white girl. The publisher was convinced to change the cover, but it took some doing. There are pictures of the original and modified covers of the Aaronovitch books at Neth Space. In researching the whitewashing, I thought the book sounded interesting, and bought the first one. 26 hours and some lost sleep later, I bought the second one. One of the blurbs said it was like "Harry Potter meets CSI". I thought it was more like "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality meet Sherlock".

I liked Midnight Riot for many of the same reasons I liked Laura Bickle's Embers: the sense of place and space is palpable. Bickle's protaganist, Anya, lives in the current Detroit, a once-great city suffering through very hard times.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Completely enjoyable new paranormal series January 20, 2011
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In Midnight Riot, the debut novel by Ben Aaronovitch, Peter Grant is a "copper," a newly-minted London bobby who's just not that good at it. His career seems headed for the paperwork brigade until, when investigating a strange murder, he gets a tip from a bizarre informant - a local ghost. Grant is soon noticed by Thomas Nightingale, a one-man paranormal investigative unit in the London police department. Once you get past the obligatory "yes (young protagonist), magic is REAL" moment, Grant is apprenticed to Nightingale, who sets out to teach him about magic and how to police the various supernatural creatures that populate London, all the while trying to track down a spectral killer who is wreaking bloody havoc on a seemingly random array of innocent bystanders.

Throughout this novel I was reminded of both Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series and Neil Gaiman's American Gods: A Novel. Like Butcher, Aaronovitch's characters are vivid, unforgettable, and manage to hook you in very little time. Like American Gods, key figures of mythology factor into the story, if only in a supporting role. There's also a Bones/Law & Order vibe that makes me think this was written with a TV adaptation in mind. Aaronovitch keeps things light and humorous, even when the events are anything but, and he's got a great sense of pacing. He also sets the stage for what one hopes will be many more supernatural adventures in Peter Grant's London.

It's not without a few flaws (nothing a more thorough editing job wouldn't fix, anyway), but Midnight Riot was an absolute blast to read and was more than enough to convince me to sign on to Peter Grant's adventures for the long haul. If you're a fan of the kind of paranormal adventures Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison and Harry Connelly dish out, you'll definitely want to add Midnight Riot to your "must read" list.
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Published 7 days ago by Michael Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series - magic and police work in today's London!
Published 17 days ago by Jan A. Grube
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story: Tough to Put Down
Murder mystery, fantasy, history, with some wry humor, drama, technical police work, and even politics as told by a copper who's a native Londoner. Read more
Published 24 days ago by C. Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a really fun book. Its got humor, mystery, and magic all rolled into one book.
Published 26 days ago by Harriet Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
This was great: the voice of the new PC was spot on, the story engrossing, & I am greatly pleased to have a new favorite series to suck me in!
Published 27 days ago by Nicole Freutel
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely new love
I don't like ghosts; I don't like vampires. In fact, I have minimal interest in any form of fantasy or science fiction. Read more
Published 27 days ago by V. C. Lambert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, good series so far
Think "Men In Black" mashed up with Harry Dresden, if they were written with much more subtle wit. Good read, good series so far.
Published 27 days ago by Kent Dicken
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good urban fantasy
Very good urban fantasy. Very well written with a British wit. A new series I hope continues for a long time.
Published 1 month ago by GRalph
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, But Didn't Blow Me Away
I know this series gets a lot of love and always comes up in comparisons to the Dresden books but, for me, it just felt a little flat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Veronica L. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
How can you not love Aaronovich's writing :)
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More About the Author

Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world's cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin's New Adventures until they pulped all his books.

Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake's 7 Audio dramas.

Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).

Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

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