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Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2012
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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 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.
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Anyway, I'm rating this book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5.
The novels in Ben Aaronovitch's "PC Peter Grant" (or "Rivers of London") series are:
1. Midnight Riot (PC Peter Grant Book 1)
2. Moon Over Soho (PC Peter Grant Book 2)
3. Whispers Under Ground (PC Peter Grant Book 3)
4. Broken Homes (PC Peter Grant Book 4)
5. Foxglove Summer (PC Peter Grant Book 5)
6. The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London)
Peter makes me want to cheer and hug him and give him a pass to a convention, because he rings all of my One Of Us geek bells. He makes references to Discworld and RPGs and a really hilarious Tolkien joke that made me giggle madly. And yet, although he is obviously One Of Us(me) geek-wise, he is living in a different world. His late-night drunks eat at kebab shops instead of pancake houses, his world has more cameras everywhere, his car is called something weird. That is all awesome and textured. And people see him differently than they do me, because he is police, and because he is mixed. And that mixture of deeply familiar (It does no good to tell people you played Call of Cthulu instead of D&D, you still get mocked) and the different (the perils of hair care when chemical relaxants are a part of the repertoire) gives me all sorts of happy meeting-people feelings. I feel like my world is bigger because I know a magic-using London bobby.
In this one, Peter end up in the sewers a lot. It's like It, only way less creepy and way more odiferous. Also, it leads to one of my favorite lines.
"My foot hit something underwater hard enough to pitch me over, and the world's first ever Anglo-American Olympic sewer luge team broke up."
See, don't you want to read the kind of book where that line can happen? Also:
"Let's just say it's the sort of smell that follows you home, hangs around outside your door, and tries to hack into your voice mail."
"Nightingale turned up," she said. "He was hoping to shout at you a bit to show his affection in a gruff manly and safely nongay way but you were asleep so he just sort of milled around for a while and then off he went."
And for bonus: "The London Underground was no exception, built by a breed of entrepreneurs whose grasp was matched only by the size of their sideburns."
"Guleed pulled a big furry hat with earflaps down over her hijab and looked at me and Carey, bareheaded and frozen-eared, with amusement. "Practical AND modest," she said."
Read if: You have ever enjoyed a police procedural novel. You want a bit of weird in your crime. You adore a well-executed first-person novel.
Skip if: You are unwilling to learn modern British slang. You are looking for a deep exposition in magic systems.
Also read: I think this is the spiritual descendent of Jim Butcher's Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) books, but so much less annoying in terms of gender, race, and pretty much everything else. But I still enjoy the hell out of the voice in the Butcher books, so there you have it.