APOCALYPSE out NOW NOW (again) in the UK!

Charlie Human‘s critically-acclaimed debut novel, APOCALYPSE NOW NOW, is available again in the UK! Published in eBook by JABberwocky, here’s the synopsis…

Baxter Zevcenko is your average 16-year-old boy. If by average you mean kingpin of a porn-peddling schoolyard syndicate and a possible serial killer who suffers from weird historical dreams.

Baxter is the first to admit that he’s not a nice guy. After all, high school is a gaping, icy abyss and Baxter is not about to allow anybody to drag him down. That is until his girlfriend, Esme, is kidnapped and the clues point toward supernatural forces at work. Faced with navigating the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town’s supernatural underworld, Baxter turns to the only person drunk enough to help: bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter, Jackson “Jackie” Ronin.

On a mission that takes them through the realms of impossibility, they face every conceivable nightmare to rescue Esmé, including the odd brush with the Apocalypse.

The sequel, KILL BAXTER, will be available again soon as well — we’ll share the cover, etc., as soon as we have it. Both Baxter Zevcenko novels are available in the US, published by Titan Books.

Here is just a small selection of the aforementioned critical-acclaim heaped on APOCALYPSE NOW NOW

‘It’s mad, dark, irreverent and wonderfully twisted in all the right ways.’ Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

‘I don’t even know how to describe reading this book, so just look at my wide eyes and my silently mumbling mouth and take my shell-shock as a good sign that you need to read this book right now.’ Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

‘With a wild imagination and savage glee, Charlie Human throws us into a school yard battle zone that’s part teenage wasteland, part Lovecraft fever dream. Rock and Roll High School meets the apocalypse.’ Richard Kadrey, author of Sandman Slim

‘Brilliantly entertaining.’ British Fantasy Society

‘… a riot — a firebomb of a novel, exploding with sick humour, violence and depravity… it’s never less than very funny, and the ongoing question of Baxter’s sanity adds a degree of mystery. There’s warmth here, too – you’ll likely feel sympathy for Bax by the end.’ SFX Magazine

APOCALYPSE NOW NOW is the gloriously twisted novel from writer Charlie Human. Imaginative, slightly demented and wonderfully odd, it’s a striking debut that delivers a dark monster-filled tale at a frenetically enjoyable pace… the voice of the main protagonist prevents the madness from taking control. His intelligent quips and cocky smart-arse attitude provides an incredibly entertaining backbone to a story that slowly reveals his heart and his struggles to grasp the world around him… If you want the dark imaginative wonder of Gaiman injected with the reckless, carefree abandon of a Tarantino flick, you’d be a fool not to hitch a ride into the mysterious world of Charlie Human’s South Africa.’ Starburst

‘Think Lauren Beukes meets Neil Gaiman, with bounty hunters.’ Wired (UK)

‘… wonderfully detailed scenarios, it’s fantastic… APOCALYPSE NOW NOW is often hilarious and tremendous fun… its target audience will have a blast.’ SciFi Now

‘… breakneck pace and mad imagination… APOCALYPSE NOW NOW [is] such an addictive experience. As one of an associate of Ronin’s remarks: “There’s no pause button, you understand? … Once it starts you have to see it through.” All too true!’ Tor.com

Read the latest RIVERS OF LONDON Action in digital…

The fourth (and final) issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s latest Rivers of London series, ACTION AT A DISTANCE, is now available in a digital edition! Here’s the series synopsis…

Uncover the secret World War II history of Peter Grant’s mentor, the mysterious Nightingale!

October, 1957. A serial killer terrorising the women of Cumbria has moved to the streets of London, with Constable Angus Strallen hot on his heels. But this murderer has special abilities, and Strallen soon realises he needs the help of an old friend from the front lines who can match this madman’s power – London’s own wizarding police officer, Thomas Nightingale. As the pair move in closer, it quickly becomes clear that murder is not this man’s only intent.

The artwork for the ACTION AT A DISTANCE comics are by Brian Williamson (art) and Stefani Renne (colours).

All of the Rivers of London comics to date have been published by Titan Comics. ACTION AT A DISTANCE is the seventh story arc, following BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIES, CRY FOX and WATER WEED (all of which are now available as collected print and digital editions).

Nielsen Silver Bestseller Award for Ben Aaronovitch’s RIVERS OF LONDON!

We’re very happy to report that Ben Aaronovitch has been awarded a Nielsen Bestseller Award for his first Peter Grant novel, RIVERS OF LONDON! Ben received a Silver Award for the novel, marking 250,000 sales in the UK! Here’s Ben with his award…

Photo Credit: Marta Rekaa (used with permission of Nielsen)

The series, which now comprises seven novels and a novella (with more of both on the way), is published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis for the first book, in case you have somehow managed to miss it…

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to — and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos — or die trying.

The Peter Grant series is published in the US by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-7) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has also been published widely in translation.

Can’t wait for THE OCTOBER MAN…?

Can’t wait to read THE OCTOBER MAN, Ben Aaronovitch‘s second Peter Grant novella? Well, you may need to wait until June 2019 to read the whole book, but Gollancz and Subterranean Press have posted a short excerpt to further whet your appetite!

Here’s the synopsis…

If you thought magic was confined to one country… think again.

Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.

Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men — and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history.

… so long as that history doesn’t kill them first.

THE OCTOBER MAN is due to be published by Gollancz in the UK and Subterranean Press in the US. Gollancz has published all of the Peter Grant books in the UK. In the US, the series is published by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-7) and Subterranean Press (novellas).

Best Books of 2018, including Lavie Tidhar, Aliette de Bodard and Charlaine Harris!

We’re very happy to report that Lavie Tidhar‘s latest novel, UNHOLY LAND, has been selected as a Best Book of 2018 by a slew of publications! Specifically, the novel is…

An NPR Best Book of 2018
A Library Journal Best Book of 2018
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018
A Guardian Best Book of 2018
A Barnes & Noble Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2018

Published by Tachyon Publications, UNHOLY LAND is out now in the UK and US. Here’s the synopsis…

Lior Tirosh is a semi-successful author of pulp fiction, an inadvertent time traveler, and an ongoing source of disappointment to his father.

Tirosh has returned to his homeland in East Africa. But Palestina — a Jewish state founded in the early 20th century — has grown dangerous. The government is building a vast border wall to keep out African refugees. Unrest in Ararat City is growing. And Tirosh’s childhood friend, trying to deliver a warning, has turned up dead in his hotel room. A state security officer has identified Tirosh as a suspect in a string of murders, and a rogue agent is stalking Tirosh through transdimensional rifts — possible futures that can only be prevented by avoiding the mistakes of the past.

From the bestselling author of Central Station comes an extraordinary new novel recalling China Miéville and Michael Chabon, entertaining and subversive in equal measures.

Here are just a few of the great reviews UNHOLY LAND has received so far…

‘Readers of all kinds, and particularly fans of detective stories and puzzles, will enjoy grappling with the numerous questions raised by this stellar work.’ — Publishers Weekly (PW Picks: Books of the Week, October 15, 2018)

‘Lavie Tidhar is a genius at conjuring realities that are just two steps to the left of our own — places that look and smell and feel real, if just a bit hauntingly alien. UNHOLY LAND develops slowly. It begins with banal strangeness (this Palestinia, so like and unlike modern-day Israel) and leans gently into it… This is a story that gets weirder the deeper you get into it; that cultivates strangeness like something precious. It has three narrators: Investigator Bloom, Tirosh and a woman, Nur, who works as a field agent for the Border Agency. There are echoes of Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union in it, wild strains of P.K. Dick and Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber. But UNHOLY LAND is its own thing. Something that no one but Tidhar could’ve written. Gorgeous in its alienness, comfortingly gray in its banality, and disquieting throughout.’ — NPR

‘… adventurous readers will appreciate this well-written and ambitious book. It should find a place at any library that offers high-quality literary fiction.’ — Booklist

Aliette de Bodard‘s IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE was also selected by the Guardian as a Best Fantasy Book of the year! Published via the JABberwocky eBook Program, the novel was met with an avalanche of great reviews (and we see new ones on a daily basis via our Twitter feed). Here’s the synopsis…

A dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast from the award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen series.

When failed scholar Yên is sold to Vu Côn, one of the last dragons walking the earth, she expects to be tortured or killed for Vu Côn’s amusement. But Vu Côn, it turns out, has a use for Yên: she needs a scholar to tutor her two unruly children. She takes Yên back to her home, a vast, vertiginous palace-prison where every door can lead to death. Vu Côn seems stern and unbending, but as the days pass Yên comes to see her kinder and caring side. She finds herself dangerously attracted to the dragon who is her master and jailer. In the end, Yên will have to decide where her own happiness lies — and whether it will survive the revelation of Vu Côn’s dark, unspeakable secrets…

‘This intriguing, Sapphic, Vietnamese take on Beauty and the Beast is recommended for fans of De Bodard’s previous works or readers who enjoy diverse, lushly described fantasy.’ — Library Journal

‘Another stellar offering by Bodard. Her signature intensity is on display in this tale of people (and dragons) struggling to survive in the ruins of an alien conquest. Emotionally complex relationships interweave with richly drawn and deftly nuanced world-building.’ — Kate Elliott, Author of the Court of Fives series

‘A transformative experience. With dragons.’ — Fran Wilde, Hugo and Nebula nominated author of The Bone Universe and The Gemworld series

You can find a short piece by Aliette on the ‘Inspirations and Influences’ for the novel at Book Smugglers.

Charlaine Harris‘s AN EASY DEATH was picked as a Best Fantasy Novel of 2018 by Time Magazine, and also received a nod from Barnes & Noble. The novel is published in the UK by Piatkus Books. Here’s the synopsis…

An electrifying new thriller centered on a young gunslinging mercenary, Lizbeth Rose.

Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma, this is a world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico, gunslinger Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards.

She may be young, but Gunnie Rose has acquired a fearsome reputation and the wizards are at a desperate crossroads, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching frantically to locate the only man whose blood they believe can save their tsar’s life.

As the trio journey through an altered America, they’re set upon by enemies. It’s clear that a powerful force does not want them to succeed in their mission. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.

The Dark Tower meets True Blood in this gritty and wildly entertaining tale of Gunnie Rose. A woman fighting unimaginable odds to keep her people alive after the disintegration of America, this is a surefire hit for fans of The Walking Dead or Westworld.

AN EASY DEATH has also been met with a blizzard of great reviews. Here are just a few of them…

‘In this fast-paced thriller fueled by magic and gunslinging, no one can be trusted. Harris’s vividly detailed story will leave readers enthralled with the fascinating setting and a heroine who’s sure to be a new fan favorite.’Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘[A]lluringly gritty’Time

‘Harris’s vividly detailed and bleak alternate history novel, set in a broken-up United States after Franklin Roosevelt is assassinated, stars a heroine who’s sure to be a new fan favorite.’Publishers Weekly (Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018)

‘Narrator Lizbeth is a pragmatic young woman with an unshakeable work ethic who doesn’t let her gender define her and isn’t given to emotional outbursts, but there are just enough moments to remind readers that the loss of those she loves, and her desire to keep those she has left safe, is ultimately her driving force. Harris…populates her gritty, immersive new world with genuinely interesting characters, and chilling moments of horror — of both the human and supernatural kind—punctuate this relentlessly paced road trip. A refreshing and cinematic, weird Western starring a sharp-as-nails, can-do heroine. Harris’ many fans will surely follow Gunnie Rose anywhere.’Kirkus

‘It’s a thrill ride through a world transformed by magic and altered politics, with an excellent kick-ass guide in Gunnie Rose, making this a strong start to a new series.’ — Locus

AN EASY DEATH offers up a world worth exploring and a character you’ll want to explore it with.’ — LB&N’s Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog

‘Another great story from Charlaine with magical fun characters, an interesting premise and great storytelling. Gunnie is a character you root for and look forward to reading more adventures with.’ — Red Carpet Crash

‘Harris has a remarkable talent for world building… In all, this looks like another winning series from a sure-bet author.’ — Booklist

Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Nightingale’s ACTION continues AT A DISTANCE…

Above you can see the rather awesome cover for ACTION AT A DISTANCE #4, the final issue in Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s seventh Rivers of London comic series. Due to be published by Titan Comics on January 30th, here’s the succinct synopsis…

The occult secrets of World War II and fan-favorite mentor Nightingale are revealed, in the climax of this new story in Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London – the award-winning urban fantasy series with over 700,000 physical sales!

Series artwork by Brian Williamson and Stefani Renne.

Titan Comics has published all of the Rivers of London comics to date: BODY WORK, NIGHT WITCH, BLACK MOULD, DETECTIVE STORIESCRY FOX and WATER WEED.

The comics are based on characters from Ben’s Peter Grant series, which is published by Gollancz (UK), Del Rey and DAW Books (US) and widely in translation. The latest novel in the series, LIES SLEEPING, was published last month.

Have you met Sookie Stackhouse? DEAD UNTIL DARK is a Cyber Monday deal…

Charlaine Harris‘s DEAD UNTIL DARK is a Cyber Monday Kindle Deal in the UK! The deal starts… today. Saturday. Not Monday. Anyway! It’s the first novel in the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse series, which was the basis for the True Blood HBO TV series. So, if you’ve always wanted to know where it all began, now’s a great time to give the series a try!

Published in the UK by Gollancz, here’s the synopsis…

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much — not because she’s not pretty, she’s a very cute bubbly blonde, or not interested in a social life — she really is… but Sookie’s got a bit of a disability. She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable.

And then along comes Bill: he’s tall, he’s dark and he’s handsome – and Sookie can’t ‘hear’ a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting all her life for. But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s fussy about his food, he doesn’t like suntans and he’s never around during the day…
Yep, Bill’s a vampire. Worse than that, he hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, with a reputation for trouble — of the murderous kind.

And then one of Sookie’s colleagues at the bar is killed, and it’s beginning to look like Sookie might be the next victim…

Harris’s latest novel, AN EASY DEATH was recently published in the UK by Piatkus.

Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

LIES SLEEPING is out now in North America!

Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated new, seventh Peter Grant novel, LIES SLEEPING is out now in the UK! Published by DAW Books, here’s the synopsis…

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.

Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague — Lesley May — who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch…

LIES SLEEPING is also out now in the UK, published by Gollancz (who have published all of the books in the series). The rest of the series is published in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-7) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has also been published widely in translation.

No more sleeps until LIES SLEEPING!

Ben Aaronovitch‘s highly-anticipated new Peter Grant novel, LIES SLEEPING is out now in the UK! Lose sleep as you stay up all night reading the seventh novel in the best-selling series, published by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis…

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.

Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague — Lesley May — who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch…

LIES SLEEPING is due to be published in North America by DAW Books next week (November 20th). All of the Peter Grant novels (and the first novella) are published in the UK by Gollancz. The series is published in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has also been published widely in translation.

Fans of the series can also meet Ben as he tours the UK signing copies of the new novel. Here are the details:

There’s some SUSURROS SUBTERRÁNEOS in Spain…

Ben Aaronovitch‘s best-selling, critically-acclaimed third Peter Grant novel WHISPERS UNDERGROUND is out now in Spain! Published by Oz Editoral as SUSURROS SUBTERRÁNEOS, here’s the synopsis…

Es hora de llamar de nuevo al agente Peter Grant, el último mago de Gran Bretaña

Es Navidad, y Peter Grant recibe una llamada de la inspectora Stephanopoulos: debe investigar un asesinato en uno de los túneles del metro de Londres en Baker Street, un lugar tenebroso, húmedo y con un pasado muy oscuro. Todos los indicios apuntan a que una fuerza mágica ha intervenido en la muerte de la víctima, James Gallagher, hijo de un senador estadounidense. El FBI envía a la agente Kimberly Reynolds para colaborar en la investigación y Peter se verá obligado a ocultarle cualquier atisbo de magia. En las oscuras entrañas de la ciudad, plagadas de cloacas victorianas y ríos enterrados, resuenan los susurros de unos espíritus torturados que buscan venganza…

Oz Editorial has also published the first two books in the series: RIVERS OF LONDON as RÍOS DE LONDRES, and MOON OVER SOHO as LA LUNA SOBRE EL SOHO.

WHISPERS UNDERGROUND is published in the UK by Gollancz and North America by Del Rey. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well — he’s already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn’t even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at. And then there’s his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn’t his fault, but still.

Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it. Time to call in the Met’s Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka ‘The Folly’. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britain’s Last Wizard.

The whole series is published in the UK by Gollancz (in print, eBook and audio). The novels are published in the US by Del Rey (1-3) and DAW Books (4-7), and the novellas are published by Subterranean Press. The novels have been published widely in translation.

The collected edition of RIVERS OF LONDON: WATER WEED is out this week!

The graphic novel edition of Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel‘s sixth Rivers of London comic series, WATER WEED is out this week! Published by Titan Comics, it collects all four issues from the series into a single paperback (or eBook) edition. Here’s the synopsis…

Two rogue river goddesses tangle wizarding cop Peter Grant in a sordid drug-smuggling operation in a new story from Ben Aaronovitch, set in his best-selling Rivers of London novel series!

Spring Breakers meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on the banks of the Thames!

Wizarding cop Peter and river spirit Beverley are drawn into a sordid cannabis-smuggling operation, controlled by London’s new queenpin of crime – the brutal and beautiful Hoodette! Can they overcome corruption, or will they be fatally entangled in the weed?

Titan Comics has published all of the Rivers of London comics to date (with more to come!).

Charlaine Harris’s Midnight Texas series is on sale in the UK!

From today until November 11th, Charlaine Harris‘s acclaimed Midnight, Texas series is on sale! Only 99p each in Amazon’s Kindle Autumn sale, this is a great way to try Harris’s work if you haven’t already, and also a great way to complete your collection!

All three books — MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD, DAY SHIFT and NIGHT SHIFT — are published in the UK by Gollancz. Here’s the synopsis for book one, just in case you haven’t seen it before…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

The author’s latest novel, AN EASY DEATH, is also out this week in the UK, published by Piatkus Books.

Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

MOON OVER Romania…

MOON OVER SOHO, the second novel in Ben Aaronovitch‘s critically-acclaimed, best-selling Peter Grant series, is coming soon in Romania! Due to be published by Editura Herg Benet as SOHO ÎN LUMINA LUNII in November, the cover’s above and here’s the synopsis…

Cântecul. Asta remarcă întâi de toate polițistul și ucenicul vrăjitor Peter Grant atunci când examinează trupul lui Cyrus Wilkins, cântăreț de jazz în timpul liber și contabil pentru restul vieții, care aparent a murit de acat de cord în timp ce cânta pe scena Club 666 din cartierul Soho al Londrei. Ritmul vechilor melodii de jazz se ridică din corpul său ‒ un semn clar că ceva la moartea bărbatului nu este natural, ci supranatural.

Trup și suflet. Asta este și ceea ce riscă Peter Grant pentru a investiga o serie de decese similare din zona Soho. Cu ajutorul ofițerului său superior, Inspector Șef Thomas Nightingale, ultimul vrăjitor din Anglia, și cu asistența frumoasei fane a lumii jazz-ului Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter descoperă o primejdie magică letală ‒ una care conduce la treptele propriei case și la o promisiune uitată a unui tânăr muzician: talentatul cântăreț de trompetă Richard „Lord“ Grant ‒ altfel cunoscut ca dragul tată al lui Peter.

Herg Benet have also published the first book in the series, RIVERS OF LONDON, as RÂURILE DIN LONDRA.

MOON OVER SOHO is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Del Rey, and widely in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Peter Grant is not just a lowly Detective Constable, he’s also apprenticed to the last wizard in Britain: policing will never be the same again!

I was my dad’s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that’s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it’s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn’t the first.

No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn’t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus’ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens’ portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives.

And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ‘Lord’ Grant — my father — who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That’s the thing about policing: most of the time you’re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you’re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you’re doing it for revenge.

Here, also, are some of the various translation covers…

And here are just a handful of the reviews the novel has received since it was first published…

‘The excitement and entertainment hasn’t stopped in the slightest…  this book once again blew my mind, and kept me reading well into the late night/early morning. You needn’t pick up RIVERS OF LONDON, Aaronovitch’s first in this series, but you’d regret it by the time you got to the end of MOON OVER SOHO and found out how good it was.’ Fantasy Book Review

‘… as funny as it is fantastic… [The plot] hops along happily to a toe-tapping time signature, with a sweet solo here and an awesome cacophony of noise there… vast amounts of fun…’ Speculative Scotsman

MOON OVER SOHO is very good. Ben Aaronovitch continues the successful formula of RIVERS OF LONDON in bringing to the surface the endearing minutae of a city that he clearly adores. He also demonstrates the “real world” problems of a ritual magician trying to have some sort of ‘normal’ life… Grant continues to observe his world(s) in a detached way – a narrative voice that lends itself well to dry humor (and fits less neatly with the book’s few over-the-top action scenes). Mr. Aaronovitch is, in short, writing the best contemporary occult detective series on the shelf today, and that’s by a substantial margin.’ Pornokitsch

‘A fantastic follow-up to MIDNIGHT RIOT. Aaronovitch does a great job of bringing even minor characters to life. One of Grant’s fellow cops, Leslie, plays a minor role throughout the story – but her involvement is an emotional cornerstone that brings a surprisingly bittersweet element into play… MOON OVER SOHO is an excellent addition to the paranormal police genre.’ Examiner

Peter Grants reaches THE FURTHEST STATION and confronts NIGHT WITCHES tomorrow in Czechia!

Tomorrow, Argo is due to publish the Czech edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s first Peter Grant novella, THE FURTHEST STATION! Published as NEJODLEHLEJŠÍ STANICE, here’s the synopsis…

Na lince Metropolitan se začínají dít divné věci. Vyděšení cestující volají na tísňovou linku, že byli v tlačenici napadeni zvláštně oděnými lidmi, kteří se jim pokoušeli předat naléhavý vzkaz… Oběti útoků však při dalším dotazování nejsou schopny policii vysvětlit, o co přesně šlo, a během chvíle se jim střet vykouří z hlavy. Seržant Jaget Kumar, příslušník dopravní policie známý ze Šepotu v podzemí, se promptně obrací na Petera Granta, protože případy vykazují neklamné znaky působení nadpřirozených sil. Zjistit, co jsou oni duchové zač a proč zasévají takový zmatek mezi nevinné Londýňany, se Peterovi pokusí jeho mladičká a magicky nadaná sestřenice Abigail, věrný pes Toby a samozřejmě inspektor Nightingale coby klidná síla v pozadí. Vyšetřování se z metra záhy přenese na zdánlivě idylická londýnská předměstí, která se opět ukážou být semeništěm podivností, nad nimiž zůstává rozum stát a při nichž tuhne krev v žilách.

The novella is published in the UK by Gollancz and in North America by Subterranean Press. It is also available in Germany (DTV) and France (J’ai Lu). Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Also out tomorrow, the Czech edition of NIGHT WITCH! The second collection in the Rivers of London comic series, by Ben and Andrew Cartmel, it is published by Argo as NOČNÍ KOUZELNICE. Here’s the synopsis…

Druhý komiksový příběh ze světa Bena Aaronovitche Řeky Londýna staví do popředí ruskou čarodějku Varvaru Sidorovnu, kterou známe už z Prokletých domovů. To ona je noční kouzelnice. Tedy alespoň jí byla během svojí služby Sovětskému svazu. Ale to je dávno. Teď má Peterovi pomoci vyšetřit únos dcery ruského emigranta, který nechal za zády Putinovo Rusko, sbalil prachy a vypadnul… Jenže když vám unese dceru lešij, pán lesů, jsou peníze k ničemu. Proto musí nastoupit odborníci: Peter Grant a Thomas Nightingale. A pochopitelně Toby. Jak se ukáže, je celý případ daleko komplikovanější, takže se můžete těšit nejen na svoje oblíbené hrdiny, ale také na jejich arcinepřítele – Muže bez tváře.

NIGHT WITCH is published in English by Titan Comics. Artwork is by Lee Sullivan, and colours by Luis Guerrero. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, PC Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London’s only wizarding cops, find themselves caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature — and their nemesis: The Faceless Man.

But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems!

ICYMI: Ari Marmell’s IN TRUTH AND CLAW is out now in the UK!

Published in North America a couple of weeks ago, Ari Marmell‘s IN TRUTH AND CLAW is now available in the UK! The fourth novel in the author’s Mick Oberon series of urban fantasy mysteries, it is published by Titan Books in both territories. Here’s the synopsis…

Mick Oberon may look like just another 1930s private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. A series of brutal murders is sweeping Chicago, baffling both the local police and the Seelie Court, who sense an aura of corruption and death has touched Mick himself. When Mick’s associates become targets, and a vampire appears in his office, Mick is drawn into his most dangerous hunt yet.

The first three novels in the series are also published in the UK and US by Titan: HOT LEAD, COLD IRONHALLOW POINT and DEAD TO RITES. Here are some of the reviews the series has received so far…

HOT LEAD, COLD IRON is as hard boiled a detective drama as anything written by Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, and Marmell captures the vernacular of the period wonderfully… HOT LEAD, COLD IRON could easily have been published in any one of the popular pulp detective magazines of the ’30s and yet it’s pace and characterizations are undoubtedly contemporary… Ari Marmell will soon be crowned the foremost purveyor of Macabre Noir.’ — Starburst 

‘In this gripping fantastical investigation, Marmell (The Goblin Corps) creates an engaging world and an unlikely hero…The potent mix of gangsters, magic, Fae politics, and a strega on the warpath makes for a ride that never touches the brakes. Marmell expertly maximizes the thrills, leaving the reader with a lingering desire for a magic wand and a glass of warm milk.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on HOT LEAD, COLD IRON

‘It’s a fascinating concept, and a solid foundation for yet another gripping story… a highly enjoyable ride; the writing takes its reader into the heart of every scene…It’s a great read, reinvigorating the tropes of two genres to enable them to rise above cliché status. With final revelations that imply a larger conspiracy, it seems Marmell has plenty more up his sleeve for his hero, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Mick Oberon in the future.‘ — Starburst on HALLOW POINT

‘Irresistibly entertaining… It’s among the best urban fantasy novels I’ve ever read.’ — Rising Shadow on HALLOW POINT

‘The third entry… in the inventive series about a 1930s private eye who also happens to be one of the Fae mixes supernatural investigations and Al Capone’s Chicago for an irresistible combo.’ — Library Journal on DEAD TO RITES

Zeno represents Ari Marmell in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.