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Product Details

  • Series: Peter Grant
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345524616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345524614
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.”—io9

Praise for Midnight Riot, the first Peter Grant adventure
“Fresh, original, and a wonderful read. I loved it.”—Charlaine Harris
“A great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures.”—SFRevu

About the Author

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

I really really like this author's approach to a story and in depth London history and geography.
R. Montgomery
It is so well written, has great characters, the plotting is wonderful, there is humor, I could go on and on, this book is really good.
mike allen
The author makes no pretense that each book in the series can be read and enjoyed on its own....and I appreciate that very much!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Books31 on July 31, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really like Ben Aaronovitch. His books are fun, filled with an interesting style of magic, and are very mystery based.

So it wasn't a big surprise that I couldn't put the third book in his urban fantasy series, Whispers Under Ground, down and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aaronovitch does a fantastic job creating interesting characters that readers will want to not only read about but meet and have a pint with. None of the characters are perfect, know everything, or are even all powerful in magic. In fact most of the time Peter, the protagonist, is figuring it out as he goes along and makes a muck of things before he figures it out.

Of course, besides Aaronvich's take on magic, I really enjoy his writing style and the way he gives a mini history lesson on a subject in each book as background for the overall mystery. This may sound boring to some, but he does it wonderfully weaving in interesting facts into the overall story in a way that builds a much deeper connection between the reader and the world.

So if you don't like well written books, filled with relatable/interesting characters, a fascinating take on magic, and a captivating mystery, then this book probably isn't for you. But if you so happen to like to read an engrossing book that wont let you put it down, then this definitely is the book for you. Another win from the up and coming author Ben Aaronovitch.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hatter on August 18, 2012
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I fell in love with Ben Aaronovich's two previous novels and have been waiting eagerly for this release. I love his droll sense of humor and understated cynicism, and periodically find myself laughing out loud while reading his books. My only mild complaint regarding his first two books was that the climaxes were too spectacular and felt almost overblown. So of course my only complaint with this book is that the climax was basically anticlimactic.

I still love the characters, the setting, and the story telling, and this is one of those series that I will re-read several times just because it is so enjoyable. However, this particular installment felt more like half a story. The crime which begins and ends the book is handled satisfactorily, although the ending felt rushed, but this crime never felt as important as the on-going search for the faceless man, which received too much attention not to have some sort of resolution.

I am happy to have this book in my collection and it will be read again and enjoyed again (most of my books are read once), but it is not his best told story. However I am still eagerly awaiting his next book and would recommend this series to anyone.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quantum entanglement is just pixie dust with the word quantum thrown in. That, at least, is Constable Peter Grant's explanation of magic. Whether magic is caused by quantum entanglement or pixie dust, Grant is slowly learning to master it, a hobby that serves him well in his career with London's Metropolitan Police. He is assigned to the Folly, the hush-hush department (known more formally as the Specialist Assessment Unit) charged with investigating cases when "things get weird." Things get weird when an American named James Gallagher is stabbed to death with a sharp bit of pottery in London's Underground -- weird in part because it isn't clear how Gallagher got into the tunnel (his staggering exit at one of the platforms is captured on CCTV).

Something odd is taking place beneath the surface of London and it's up to Grant to connect the underground madness to Gallagher's death. The mystery takes Grant (together with boss Nightingale and apprentice Lesley) on a tour of the Underground's tunnels and London's sewers. A variety of magical types turn up to provide assistance or trouble (or both), including river goddesses, an Earthbender, and a half-fairy (on his father's side). And then there are the mysterious dwellers below London's surface....

Grant is sort of a neophyte magician so the novel is relatively light on magic -- a good thing, from my perspective. I'm more partial to detective work and/or humor than spell-casting and ghost-busting. The familiar elements of a police procedural give the novel its shape and keep it moving forward at a steady pace. Still, I recommend Whispers Under Ground not so much for its convoluted whodunit plot but for Ben Aaronovitch's humor.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rusty the Hamster on June 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was looking forward to this book so much, I woke up at 4am to download it onto my kindle. Then I read the first chapter and was useless at work the next day. That is how much I like the Peter Grant stories. I love the eccentricity of the magical police officers and the fact that one of the main characters is the city of London itself.

Our gang at The Folly have to investigate the mysterious death of a young man found in an underground station. Of course, this death is not as simple as a straightforward murder, there is magic and all sorts afoot as Peter, Lesley and Nightingale go on a hunt around and under London to find the bonkers truth.

What I like about this, and this third story has really refined this, is the banter between Peter and his colleagues. They may be doing magic and discovering all sorts of strangeness but they are all down to earth and witty as hell. The only thing I would have liked is more at the end, I felt there was more information to be had from some more characters and a few loose ends that could be explored more. Well I guess that means I'll have to wait for the next one. Hurry up and write it please!
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