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Broken Homes (Rivers of London 4) [Paperback]

Ben Aaronovitch
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8 May 2014 Rivers of London 4

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the bestseller list with his superb London crime series. A unique blend of police procedural, loving detail about the greatest character of all, London, and a dash of the supernatural.

A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer?

Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case-load.

So far so London.

But then Peter gets word of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on an housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.

Is there a connection?

And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?

Full of warmth, sly humour and a rich cornucopia of things you never knew about London, Aaronovitch's series has swiftly added Grant's magical London to Rebus' Edinburgh and Morse's Oxford as a destination of choice for those who love their crime with something a little extra.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 May 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0575132485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575132481
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (416 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ben Aaronovitch was born in 1964. Discovering in his early twenties that he had precisely one talent, he took up screenwriting at which he was an overnight success. He wrote for Doctor Who, Casualty and the world's cheapest ever SF soap opera Jupiter Moon. He then wrote for Virgin's New Adventures until they pulped all his books.

Then Ben entered a dark time illuminated only by an episode of Dark Knight, a book for Big Finish and the highly acclaimed but not-very-well-paying Blake's 7 Audio dramas.

Trapped in a cycle of disappointment and despair Ben was eventually forced to support his expensive book habit by working for Waterstones as a bookseller. Ironically it was while shelving the works of others that Ben finally saw the light. He would write his own books, he would let prose into his heart and rejoice in the word. Henceforth, subsisting on nothing more than instant coffee and Japanese takeaway, Ben embarked on the epic personal journey that was to lead to Rivers of London (or Midnight Riot as it is known in the Americas).

Ben Aaronovitch currently resides in London and says that he will leave when they pry his city from his cold dead fingers.

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For all the murder and mayhem, this is a darkly comic read with characters you can't help but like. THE SUNDAY EXPRESS

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From the author of RIVERS OF LONDON - the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling PC Peter Grant series returns with something dark south of the river...

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Grant goes south of the River 13 Aug 2013
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is the fourth book in a series. If you've landed here without reading Rivers of London and its two sequels, you'd best go and do that - they're all rattling good reads - before coming back to it. It's not that Broken Homes can't be read alone - there are relatively few plot points here that depend on the earlier books, though there are some - it's more that if you read this first you'll want to read the others, but inevitably you'll then know about stuff that is meant to come as a surprise.

That said, this is another magical adventure in which Aaronovitch's spell-using police trio - Peter, Lesley and Nightingale (which, we now learn, seems to be a title rather than a name) - assisted by Toby the dog and the enigmatic Molly, investigate a series of gruesome deaths. These seem to focus on a south London high rise estate which the local council want to demolish, but which has inexplicably been listed for preservation.

As in the previous books, much of the focus here is on "routine" policing (OK, still policing by Nightingale's special squad, and so, by definition, supernatural, but basic matters: following up leads, cross checking information, generally getting nowhere. That, and crowd-policing the river gods' annual open day...) and the interactions between Nightingale's team and the ordinary police. Some might find that material a bit slow moving, but I rather enjoy watching this, following the chat between the colleagues and guessing which points will be significant and which won't.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love all of PC Grant novels 7 Aug 2013
By AMM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book, as with the others. I did find the first third of the book a bit disjointed in a couple of places - lots of minor characters brought in really early on, and I lost track of who was who and had to keep flicking back to remember. However, love Grant and Nightingale and the Zach is growing on me too. Great storyline, and boy - didn't see that twist coming. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost... 26 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Why almost? Because Arranovitch seems to have dropped one ball of the many he is juggling in this book. The first half was disconnected and didn't seem to flow like the previous 3 novels. It wasn't until the second half when we get to briefly see Nightingale in full flow that the pace picks up, the links start to be connected and we get more information.
We meet a new individual who could be help or hindrance, and maybe, just maybe, of interest to one of our characters. And the ending wasn't one i saw coming, though thinking back on it i really should have. But as others have said this didn't fully tie up all the plot lines in this novel as others have done, but left a wide gaping maw of a follow on for the next story.
So why the 4 stars instead of 5? EDITING!!!! Seriously, get a couple of decent proof readers to deal with the continuity errors and all the flipping typos!!!!
Other than that this is still an amazing book as all the Rivers novels are. For me they are up there with the Discworld series and that of the Emporers Edge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rivers of London could run and run 29 Aug 2013
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Satisfying in itself, but also feels like a chapter in a larger work.

The plot, as they say, randomises. Having gone down last time (Whispers Underground), this time Ben reaches up for London's skyline, while developing more of what we might call the story arc begun in Moon Over Soho. We're getting to the stage where we could do with a "previously on..." It's all good stuff, we learn a little more about how Ben's magic world works, get hints of a global dimension and more backstory, but with plenty of time for some satisfying in-jokes for the Bond and Doctor Who fans.

If there's a fault it's that there's not enough of it. The central conceit is genius, but although it starts with multiple mysteries, the way they all dovetail makes the world of Peter Grant seen a bit smaller and less messy than we're used to. Only a brief sojourn with the Rivers and their Spring Court reminds us of the wider world outside this one (hang a lantern on it Bond-villain type) case. And I could have stayed in Skygarden longer just soaking up the atmosphere, with some more red herrings along the way.

Having said that, the ending really ramps up the pace to a gripping climax that will leave you wanting the next volume. I'm looking forward to it already.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just can't get enough 6 Aug 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
There is always an interesting element within the supernatural community but who's going to Police it? Well it comes down to the "Isaac's", a special branch consisting of one wizard, two trainee's and of course the brave as well as hardy Toby the Dog. Its fun, it has some moments of levity and when added to some darker elements, cracking twists alongside high octane action all round makes this a wonderful read.

Yet whilst most would think that these elements alone enough to read the book, the author has also worked in to it a set of characters that not only work well together but created a community that the reader just cannot wait to return to in future outings. All round, for me, this is one of my top UK Urban Fantasy series and will continue to be so for quite some time. I really can't wait to see what awaits around the corner for PC Grant and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Swimmingly good
Published 4 hours ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series especially if you like both sci if and detective novels. This combines the two
Published 6 hours ago by jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
A fantastic addition to the series. Can't wait for the next.
Published 11 hours ago by Paul Manchester
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic policemen chase fairies
Amusing exposure of humanity in changed times. The magic is unpredictable and the ending is dissappointing, but still it charms away the hours.
Published 1 day ago by Michael Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars just as gripping as the first book
a continuing story in the series as always a can't put down must finish reading book!
Published 1 day ago by lovelylinda
5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable
This series is maturing nicely, and I love the humour, and the very humane understanding of human nature. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Brunneria
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic in the Met!
I really like the whole series of quirky books ..... different and interesting .....
Published 7 days ago by Anne Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the latest instalment of pc Peter Grant.
Published 8 days ago by G. Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burner
I'm rubbish at reviews so I'll keep this short.
Don't read these books out of sequence and don't cheat by reading the last page.
I'm now off to download the next one.
Published 9 days ago by KAB
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read -- as usual
A cracking good read -- as usual! Quite erudite in parts but not too intellectually OTT as they're largely explained by Peter Grant. Don't know who he is? Read more
Published 9 days ago by View from th Peak
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