Saturday, March 25, 2017
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
Book Six in the Rivers of London has been a long time coming but is definitely worth the wait. Our hero, London Police Constable Peter Grant (apprentice wizard of the Metropolitan Police's Falcon Squad under the command of Superintendent Nightingale) gets seconded into a drug overdose case in the exclusive Knightsbridge neighborhood of London when it turns out one of the suspects is the daughter of the formidable Lady Ty, Goddess of the Tyburn River. Peter's interest ticks up when he finds cause to suspect that the Faceless Man, nemesis of all practitioners of the order of Sir Isaac Newton, is involved in the crime. With side forays into Peter's current relationship with Beverley Brook, another of the Rivers family, his new police partner Sahra Guleed, and tantalizing glimpses of his former partner Lesley May (now gone over to the dark side), and Peter's running commentary on police procedure amid the dizzying diversity of modern London. Plus the usual blend of explosions, buildings collapsing, sudden fires, flash floods, riots and weird bollocks that follows Peter wherever he goes.
If you are not familiar with the series, then go back and start with Book One. Highly recommended to all fans of snarky British humor, police procedurals, magic, folklore, fantasy, and the history of London neighborhoods.
Click HERE for a review from tor.com.
Click HERE for a review from Speculative Herald.com.