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The Severed Streets [Kindle Edition]

Paul Cornell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Desperate to find a case to justify the team's existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he's struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn't seen getting in or out of his limo.  A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message...identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.

The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he's only killing rich white men.  The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or 'the funny people' as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld.  They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern. 

Meanwhile, in Paul Cornell's The Severed Streets, the Ripper keeps on killing and finally the pattern of those killings gives Quill's team clues towards who's really doing this....

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About the Author

Paul Cornell has written some of Doctor Who's best-loved episodes for the BBC. He has also written on a number of comic book series for Marvel and DC, including X-men and Batman and Robin. He has been Hugo Award-nominated for his work in TV, comics and prose, and won the BSFA award for his short fiction. The Severed Streets is his second urban fantasy novel, following London Falling.

Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765330288
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up. June 1, 2014
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Thank you SO much to the author and publisher for the netgalley review copy.

Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it’s not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others – the killer – is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is.

Its hell out there…and was in my house when people tried to interrupt my reading while I was in this one. Ever since I read “London Falling” I had been dying to get back into the world of Quill et al and it was worth every minute of the wait.

I love Urban Fantasy and I especially love it when its done this well. The world and the people inhabiting it having been so well established in the first book ,this was easy to dive straight back into, and from the opening few paragraphs I knew I was going to be hooked. When an unseen killer strikes and an innocent man is at risk, Quill and team take a closer look – and with their particular brand of vision see what others do not. So begins a rip roaring adventure, some edge of the seat moments and a wonderfully addictive reading experience.

The one thing I do adore about these particular books is that they are very definitely aimed at and written for adults, but without feeling the need to say “hey look at all the swearing and stuff look how grown up I am” – and hey we’ve all read books like that – in this its just adult characters put in untenable situations and reacting in realistic ways, even with the paranormal and fantasy elements.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but almost unbearably grim August 7, 2014
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It's a good sequel to London Falling. Paul Cornell has a real ear for presenting police work, the characters are becoming ever more distinct, and the "world building" (a term I am really starting to dislike, but don't have a better phrase for) is both unique and compelling. But these books, and particularly The Severed Streets, are grim. GRIM. GRRM level GRIM. It's hard to talk about what makes it so grim without venturing into spoiler territory, but just... trust me on this.

The plot flows well, the story is well written, and you do absolutely want to make it to the end of the book. For all that, the experience left me exhausted. The amount of misery heaped on the protagonists is so great that you feel miserable too. So, good book in that it is interesting, well written and very creative. Bad book in that it makes you feel terrible by the end, or at least it did for me. No doubt a very talented, creative author, and I will be interested in seeing where he goes with this series. Hopefully to a happier place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars complex, rich, compelling....... September 5, 2014
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Whilst this is essentially a 'who done it' novel the pay off for the reader is not in the final disclosure of the identity of the villain ( which is pretty obvious from the moment the character is introduced ) nor is it the revealing of this characters motivation ( which again is pretty mundane ) nor is it even the methods by which the villain exacts his appalling crimes ( even though the premise of these actions is incredibly clever and intriguing). The real compulsion to carry on turning the pages is created by the author through the interweaving of the relationship back stories of the 5 main characters. A complex narrative reflects their equally complex and conflicted relationships with each other. We learn of their fears and their passions, of their hope and their willingness to relinquish hope and indeed happiness in a flawed pursuit of absolution and forgiveness.
If there is any weakness in the narrative it is the lack of attention to the character of the evil protagonist. Essentially two dimensional this character and his compulsions lacked believability. He was in fact quite dull I neither believed he had capacity to unleash such horrors or the motivation.
Fortunately the rest of the narrative is so well constructed, and the visual imagery so saturated that the story still holds together. This is not a story of the evil in others but yet a story of our own capacity to be both angels and demons..
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5.0 out of 5 stars London Urban Fantasy Meets Police Procedural September 15, 2014
Loved the first in the series and this one didn't disappoint either.
You do need to read the first to fully understand all the back stories, it really isn't a stand alone book.
Urban fantasy based in London, with a group of police detectives who've gained occult gifts in the first book and have been formed into a very special unit to deal with the more unexplainable type crimes.
Having said that, it's just as satisfying as the first and that in it self is an achievement not pulled off by many.
There were some reviews that complained about the use of a real author as a character in this book, I found no problem with this, it was done with flare and the authors permission.
My only complaint is that it's been too long between books, I can't wait for the third in the series to be released!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up. June 30, 2014
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Enjoyed this very much, started off somewhat shaky for me but then found its stride and finished off strong. I actually enjoyed the guest character usage. Though there are parallels with Ben Aaronovitch's books (which I also enjoy immensely) this series does have its own flavor and the cast is a little bit more vulnerable.
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