Sunday, January 3, 2016
London Falling (Shadow Police, #1)
author: Paul Cornell
average rating: 3.75
book published: 2012
read at: 2016/01/03
date added: 2016/01/03
'London Falling' by Paul Cornell is part police procedural and part supernatural thriller and it's all pretty good.
When DI James Quill completes the drug bust of his career, his suspect, Rob Toshack, dies in custody. Assembling a team including a couple undercover cops and an intelligence analyst, he starts looking into the murder. What he finds leads him into a shadowy London where he learns that Toshack made a deal with darker powers that gave him his luck, until it ran out and the price of his life was paid. Using their skills, they track down something that may not want to be tracked, and may not even be able to get tracked. Along the way they gain a kind of "sight" that lets them see the hidden parts of the city and they run into a truly evil villain known as the Smiling Man.
I liked the combination of procedural with urban fantasy. It comes across a lot more serious than other series of its type. The characters could have been a little more rounded out for me. Also, he adds in a historical element to what's happening, but they aren't explained well enough so they just seem to be in the way of the main story being told. So, high marks for style, but the execution left me feeling a bit mediocre about the book.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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