Stajyer polis memuru Peter Grant’in tek bir hayali vardır: Bir gün Londra Metropolitan Polis Teşkilatı’nda dedektif olmak. Ne yazık ki teşkilattaki üstleri onunla aynı fikirde değildir. Peter karşılaşacağı en büyük tehlikenin kâğıt kesiğinden öteye geçmeyeceği Vaka Takip Birimi’nde görevlendirilir. Artık bu sıkıcı ve pek de arzu etmediği vazifeyi sürdürmek zorundadır, ta ki tüm hayatını değiştirecek o karmaşık cinayete kadar… Peter, hayalet olan görgü tanığından cinayetle ilgili çok özel bilgiler edinmeyi başarır ve bu becerisi onun teşkilattaki konumunun tekrar gözden geçirilmesini sağlar. Aramızdan ayrılamamış ölülerle iletişim kurabilmesi, onu büyü ve tekinsizlerin diğer tezahürleriyle alakalı suçların soruşturmalarını yürüten Başmüfettiş Thomas Nightingale’in ilgi odağı haline getirir. Londra çok zor günler geçirmektedir. Acımasız ve tuhaf cinayetler dört bir yanı sarmış; uzun süredir gizlenen bir karanlık, artan büyü dalgasıyla yeniden harekete geçmiştir. Tanrıların ve tanrıçaların ölümlülerle iç içe yaşadığı bu gizemli ve karanlık dünyada Peter kendi yolunu bulmak zorundadır.
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.
Here are just a few of the reviews the novel has received since it was first published in 2011…
‘In this fast-paced paranormal police procedural, Aaronovitch introduces Peter Grant, a rookie cop who can see ghosts. This unusual talent saves him from a potential life of office work when Chief Insp. Thomas Nightingale sends him for wizard training. Britain’s police force has long known of the supernatural, and Grant is to assist Nightingale in solving many of London’s magical problems—most notably, the mysterious string of violent attacks that tend to end with the perpetrator’s face falling off. As the brutal epidemic spreads, Grant must race to finish his magic lessons and solve an ages-long dispute between the rivers of Britain. Though the novel sometimes feels just a little too jam-packed with plot points and adventures, it’s witty, fun, and full of vivid characters, and the plot twists will keep even seasoned mystery fans guessing.’ — Publishers Weekly
‘… thoroughly entertaining… An engaging (if occasionally violent) mix of magic and police procedural, this is a great kick-off to a very promising series, as well as the most satisfying fantasy thriller to hit bookshelves in quite some time.’ — SFX
‘… sweet relief for readers allergic to cliché.’ — Locus
‘RIVERS OF LONDON is a classic British police procedural blended with a unique twist of urban fantasy in so far as it replaces the expected testosterone with intelligence and the angst with wit… Deep down, amidst the murder and the mayhem, the anarchy and the supernatural, Aaronovitch has written a love letter to the wonder of London, reminding us of the magic that lives there, all the while warning us to keep an eye out for its nasty side.’ — Fantasy Faction
‘Highly recommended… Very nicely done. The books are police procedurals set in a London where magical creatures exist and are known to the police but hidden from the public, with a wisecracking, apprentice magician police officer as the hero. But, of course, the trick in all these things is in the execution, and I found these to have been executed very well… I gave it a try, and I’m glad I did.’ — Washington Post (Prof. Eugene Volokh)
‘The quality of the prose is incredible and there is a very light, dry humour running throughout with makes the novel a joy to read, it’s delightfully clever and leaves the reader in a “feel good” mood, even in the darker moments of the story. The characters are also just spot on, from the enigmatic Nightingale to the imprudent Beverley everyone lives and breathes within the pages.’ — SF Book Reviews