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Detective Inspector Quill’s special squad is dedicated to “standing against the powers of darkness,” though they are careful not to advertise that mission to those unaware of London’s occult underbelly. This makes for some tricky operations in this sequel to London Calling (2013), as Quill and his team must continually justify their unorthodox investigation into a series of impossible Ripper-style murders. An impending police strike and a string of political riots obscure the case’s true nature; the only certainty is that although the Sight might let them see danger approaching, it doesn’t protect them from it. Cornell brings a dry, understated wit to this supernatural crime procedural without lessening the impact of its graphic violence and horror, though repeat cameos by Neil Gaiman may distract from its verisimilitude. Cornell better differentiates his four troubled narrators as their personal story lines diverge: Ross and Costain are in competition to acquire a rare magical device, Sefton is haunted by accidentally causing a death, and Quill’s own research takes him all the way to hell for answers. This series has endless potential, and new readers can confidently start with either volume. --Krista Hutley
PAUL CORNELL is a British writer best known for his work in television drama, most notably for Doctor Who. Three of his Doctor Who episodes have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. He has written several Doctor Who spin-off novels, and created the character Beatrice Summerfield. He has also written for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, and had two original novels published.
Resurrection, crystal meth, and a girl who can never be happy again didn't make for a great read. I'll give book three a shot, and hope for the best. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
Better than the first book. The characters are a little more fleshed out but some of the plot twists were obvious and some of the characters still feel flat.Published 3 months ago by yankinuk
Fantastic read! PLEASE write a third, Paul!! (PS: This needs to be made into a movie or TV series.)Published 3 months ago by Katie MS
I enjoyed "London Falling" and looked forward to reading the sequel "The Severed Streets". Read morePublished 4 months ago by N. halliwell
Great sequel to his first book. Waited a long time for this book. Hope there is a thirdPublished 4 months ago by Margaret E Dee(Farnborough)
Another very inventive and interesting read. I almost wish that I found the books in a few years when there are more of them! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr Philip C Veale
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... Read more