Monday, 28 January 2013

URBAN FANTASY CRIME REVIEW: London Falling - Paul Cornell

Release Date: 06/12/12


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


If you love a crime novel that blends supernatural into the overall arc then this story by Paul Cornell will more than fit your brief. Its got some top notch prose, some great twists and with the added experience of an author who has learned his craft over a great many years really knows how to deliver.

Whilst in some places it does feel a little brunt, the authors background in the graphic novel industry really comes to the fore with managing to keep you glued whilst taking direct route to a number of the key points within. That’s not to say there aren’t some flaws within yet on the whole this novel does work.

If you’ve enjoyed other books with a similar flavour such as Redlaw by James Lovegrove or The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch then this book will fit wonderfully with your tastes. All in a solid enough book and I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing where Paul goes from here.

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