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Rivers of London Paperback – 2011
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(On the plus side, this was a book with a lot of female characters in central and powerful roles. Even if the main character's thoughts on them were trying at best.)
Edited to add: The main character is mixed-race, his mother being from Sierra Leone. I am skeptical of white (I'm assuming based on his photo) authors writing from POC POVs, but it didn't at least make me - as a white person - actively cringe. So it was either an alright representation or not obviously terrible enough for me to notice. But I find that the author does a good job of having his POV character point out people's race when he's describing them for the first time, especially white people. And he has him deal with the everyday kind of racism rather than ignoring it entirely or making it completely overblown.
I will agree that Peter could stand to be a little less shallow in the first couple books, but Aaronovitch clearly took feedback to heart because its much improved in the later books if you're willing to hang in there.