London Falling

London Falling

Paul Cornell

'An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters’ Ben Aaronovitch 'An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters’ Ben Aaronovitch

The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal.

Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law – until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

As the group starts to see London’s sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities. Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics. But they must all learn the rules of this new game - and quickly. More than their lives will depend on it.

‘He's gone and written a novel too! I suspect it will be just as good as everything else he's written, and that's not fair at all’ George R R Martin

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ISBN: 9780330528092
Publication date: 18.07.2013
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm

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ISBN: 9780230763210
Publication date: 06.12.2012
Number of pages: 416
Dimensions: 234mm x 153mm

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ISBN: 9780230765061
Publication date: 06.12.2012

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From the Tor blog

Paul Cornell is better known for his comics and Doctor Who writing, but on December 6th Tor UK publishes his first foray into urban fantasy, a gritty police investigation into the seedy underworld (literally underworld!) of London. We caught up with Paul recently to find out a little more about this exciting novel that has had high praise from George R. R. Martin, Russell T. Davies and Ben Aaronovitch.

So cops, monsters and a wicked witch – what inspired you to write London Falling?

I think I wanted to write a fantasy that could go to some very dark places and yet feature some very down to earth characters. ’Wicked witch’ is a lovely descriptor, because it describes a very precise archetype, which my police start to take apart as soon as they get past their initial terror.  How, exactly, can this be a witch?  And as the book asks, how wicked is she, really?

Read the rest of the interview on the Tor blog

Praise for London Falling

‘Start this book early in the day people, because you ain’t going to get no sleep until it’s done’ – Ben Aaronovitch, Rivers of London

‘The Sweeney to Aaronovitch's The Bill… which shows Cornell to be a master of yet another discipline’ – Independent

‘Grittier and harder-edged than Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, more coherent and less estoric than China Miéville’s Kraken, less pedestrian and harder-hitting than Ben Aaronvitch’s Rivers of London’ – SFX magazine

‘A very enjoyable book, highly recommended for a long winter night!’ – Fantasy Book Critic

Books by Paul Cornell

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