London Falling

Paul Cornell

3.76 based on 94 ratings & 21 reviews on Goodreads.com
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18 July 2013
9780330528092
416 pages
Synopsis

‘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

London Falling by Paul Cornell is an exciting urban gothic mystery, where dark powers gather in the battle for London's streets.

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.

An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters that grabs you by the eyeballs and never lets go. Start this book early in the day people, because you ain't going to get no sleep until it's done

Ben Aaronovitch

'London Falling is a much grittier vision of a gothic, fantasy London, well balanced between its depiction of the city's criminal underworld and a horrifying fantasy reality that for most of the novel lurks just at the edges of sight. Its take on the crime genre is less The Bill, more The Sweeney' Guardian

‘Realistic banter, original twists; a nifty debut’ Daily Telegraph