Two new Italian editions for Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series!

Two new editions of Ben Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant novels are published today in Italy: both RIVERS OF LONDON and MOON OVER SOHO are now available in paperback, published by Fanucci! Published as I FIUMI DI LONDRA and LA LUNA SU SOHO, respectively, here’s the synopsis for the first book…

Peter Grant, un aspirante agente di polizia in attesa di accedere al famigerato Metropolitan Police Service di Londra, ha due preoccupazioni: evitare la prospettiva di un noioso lavoro d’ufficio e guadagnarsi i favori della vivace e spregiudicata collega Leslie May. Nel corso di un’inchiesta su un caso di omicidio, Peter riesce inspiegabilmente a ottenere la testimonianza di uno strano individuo, estremamente loquace ma decisamente morto, e a richiamare su di sé l’attenzione dell’enigmatico ispettore Thomas Nightingale, l’ultimo mago d’Inghilterra, capo di un’unità segreta della polizia dedicata alla magia e al soprannaturale. Peter possiede poteri magici, e deve mettere le proprie straordinarie abilità al servizio del bene comune. Aggirandosi tra covi di vampiri nei sobborghi londinesi, negoziando tregue tra le divinità del Tamigi, dissotterrando tombe a Covent Garden, Grant cercherà di governare lo spirito di ribellione della città e riportare, forse, l’ordine nel caos che domina Londra.

The novels are published by Gollancz in the UK, and Del Rey in North America. Here’s the English-language synopsis for book one…

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 next novel in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, FALSE VALUE is due out next month — published by Orion Books (UK) and DAW Books (North America)

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