Today, the Spanish edition of Ben Aaronovitch‘s THE HANGING TREE is out! The sixth novel in the author’s best-selling, acclaimed Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, is published in Spain by Oz Editorial as EL ÁRBOL DEL AHORCADO. Here’s the synopsis…
La muerte también acecha a la jet set londinense… El agente de policía y aprendiz de mago Peter Grant está más que acostumbrado a lidiar con muertes sospechosas, pero, cuando un misterioso asesinato lo lleva a investigar una fiesta en el exclusivo barrio de Londres, descubrirá que las enormes mansiones de los superricos y famosos esconden un pasado sangriento: miles de personas murieron ahorcadas en el árbol de Tyburn. La magia ha vuelto a la ciudad y es hora de que Peter y su mentor, el inspector Nightingale, patrullen en busca de los seres sobrenaturales que están derramando sangre por las calles más selectas de la capital inglesa.
Oz Editorial has also published the first five novels in the series.
THE HANGING TREE and Ben’s other Rivers of London books are published in the UK by Gollancz; in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-) and Subterranean Press (novellas). The series has been published widely in translation.
Here’s the English-language synopsis for THE HANGING TREE…
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.
Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.
He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…
And here are just a few of the great reviews the novel has received since it was published…
‘Fans of Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series will be delighted to discover that this latest instalment is just as good a the previous five. Those new to the books (and who for some reason decide to jump in at this point) will also be pleased to learn that this clean and well thought out novel doesn’t require prior knowledge to be fun… The pace is constant, strong and relentless throughout. Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem and the action is delightful. This is a tight thriller which is compelling and buckets of fun. If you already know the series, it’s high time you got re-acquainted.’ — Starburst
‘THE HANGING TREE is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too.’ — The Bookbag
‘Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he’s a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd.’ — Crime Scene
‘… get the audiobooks. For me, for always, Peter Grant will sound exactly like Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and this series demonstrates what happens when the match between book and reader is perfect.’ — Locus (on series in general)
‘The opening mystery, however, is a new one and twists in interesting ways. Aaronovitch makes channeling Grant look easy – and the result never feels overwrought even when it gets serious.’ — Locus
‘[H]ijinks, explosions, property destruction on the million-pound scale, a rival tradition of British wizardry (or rather witchery) that isn’t too happy with Nightingale’s old boys’ club tradition, and interfering American military contractors. And yes, the Faceless Man. Narrated with Aaronovitch’s trademark blend of wit, sarcasm, and police acronyms, THE HANGING TREE is a breeze of a supernatural detective thriller.’ — Tor.com
‘Ben’s expertise in character development ensures we don’t get bored. The characters aren’t just multi-faceted, they all feel authentically linked to our world and experience despite the urban fantasy scenarios… wonderful Harrods fight scene… THE HANGING TREE is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too.’ — The Book Bag
‘Very much worth the wait… If you’ve been following along all this time, then this book is definitely not to be missed, especially in light of the significant revelations dropped on us in the latter half of the story… a real game-changer. While it did end rather abruptly, it’s clear that Peter and the gang will have to tread even more carefully going forward, and the next book should be very interesting indeed. Now if I can only survive the wait…’ — Bibliosanctum
‘The best thing about this series is Ben Aaronovitch’s ability to keep the tension bubbling throughout. You know you’re going to be on tenterhooks by the time you reach the final showdown, as the rest of the book isn’t without incident. Let’s just say, you wouldn’t want to find yourself anywhere underground with a supernatural being… someone’s definitely going to get hurt… This is a series that really needs to be read in sequence, if you want to do it justice, but be warned, it’s habit forming. Once you’ve read one book you’ll definitely be clamouring for the next. If you’re already a Rivers addict, then you certainly won’t be disappointed by Ben Aaronovitch’s latest offering.’ — Crime Fiction Lover