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The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London) Mass Market Paperback – January 31, 2017
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About the Author
Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man either to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC's legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. 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. He can be contacted at his website, http://www.the-folly.com/.
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So, when "The Hanging Tree" finally showed up I must admit that I was prepared not to like it because... well because author Ben Aaronovitch had kept me waiting for so long while he swanned around doing graphic novels.
Alas, I wound up liking it very much.
Grant is one of my favorite characters in contemporary fiction, and I say that despite the fact that I'm not usually a fan of witches, wizards, and the supernatural. Generally, I like mysteries set on the mean streets with cops, killers, robbers, and villains that I can relate to after a long career as a journalist. However, I got hooked on Grant and his adventures prowling the streets of London with the first book in the series and have followed his adventures ever since. It's hard to pin down just why his character is so appealing. Grant is funny, snarky, and - despite what higher-ups seem to think - a good cop. He's also prone to do the right thing, even when that means doing so often puts him in harm's way. In "The Hanging Tree" he's up against Leslie - his former colleague, and one-time crush, who, after she was horribly disfigured, went over to the dark side - and The Faceless Man - a magical practitioner with a truly black heart. Both of them are better at magic than Grant is but that doesn't stop him from pursuing them.
Written with Aaronovitch's trademark humor, offbeat references to Doctor Who and other classic sci-fi programs, and his galloping narrative style, "The Hanging Tree" does not feature as many characters as his previous novels. Molly, the mysterious housekeeper who runs the headquarters where Grant and Nightingale live and work, is mostly absent, for example. So too are his jazz-playing father and West African mother as well as many of the assorted witches, wizards, and magical folk who live in London. At first that bothered me a little because I've enjoyed Grant's interaction with them throughout the series. However, because this novel is so focused on the confrontation between Grant and Nightingale vs. Leslie and The Faceless Man I can forgive Aaronovitch for that.
And, because this novel ends with something of a cliffhanger, I can hardly wait for the next novel in the series.