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The Severed Streets (Shadow Police series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Cornell
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It's hell out there . . . The second urban fantasy by bestselling Doctor Who writer, Paul Cornell.

Detective Inspector James Quill and his wily squad of supernatural crime-busters are coming to terms with their new-found second sight. They have a handle on the ghosts and ghouls, but the rest of London's supernatural underworld is still unknown. When a seemingly invisible murderer kills a top cabinet minister in unusual circumstances, the team knows this is a case for them.

Attempts to learn more about this mysterious figure are hampered when their chief detective goes missing, and a core member of their team becomes more focussed on bringing her father back to life than finding their missing detective. Soon the team seems to be falling apart as each member pursues their own interests. Throw in an ancient and vengeful spirit and a Rat King, and their mission soon becomes a trip to Hell - literally.

From the Inside Flap

A SHADOW POLICE NOVEL

Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it's not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others - the killer - is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is.

Then there are more deaths. The bodies of rich, white men are found in circumstances similar to those that set the streets of London awash with fear during the late 1800s: the Whitechapel murders. Even with their abilities to see the supernatural, accepting that Jack the Ripper is back from the dead is a tough ask for Quill's team. As they try to get to grips with their abilities and a case that's spiralling out of control, Quill realizes that they have to understand more about this shadowy London, a world of underground meetings, bizarre and fantastical auctions, and objects that are 'get out of hell free' cards. But the team's unlikely guide, a bestselling author, can't offer them much insight - and their other option, the Rat King, speaks only in riddles.

Relying on old-fashioned police work and improvising with their new skills only lands them in deeper water, and they soon realize that the investigation is going to hell - literally. And if they're not careful, they may be going with it . . .


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 409 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765330288
  • Publisher: Tor (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IXLVW3W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,001 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable 7 July 2014
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Paul Cornell's London Falling was a horror story that evolved into more conventional urban fantasy motifs towards the end; this sequel (or second in the series) stays closer to the urban fantasy style with some moments of horror. It is an entertaining read with some development for each of the characters gifted with the Sight which means they can see a deeper more mythic (and mystical) London.

I nearly gave this three stars - the author plays with the fourth wall too much for me with odd in-jokes (turning off the Clash's London Calling at the beginning, the longbarrow idea) and most of all it incorporates a real world person in a way that while amusing comes across as unnecessary.

There is also a major plot twist that, while shocking at the moment, by the end of the book resolves in a predictable way though one which raises complications for future books.

A good read, reasonable pace though I do wonder if Paul Cornell has quite settled on the voice he wants to use for this series.

If you enjoy the Ben Aaronovich Rivers of London series this is a darker world than that but one you will probably enjoy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very flawed sequel 15 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
note minor London Falling spoilers.

I'm disappointed to report that this isn't a patch of the first book in the series - perhaps it's that difficult second one?

Whilst the premise is still good - part police procedural part urban fantasy the execution is much poorer than London Falling. One of the strengths of London falling that the author is unable to emulate here was the spiralling tension and horror as we discover just how strange the world is and how evil the witch of west ham is - as more and more children are sacrificed. Unfortunately we have nothing similar here, tonally it's very patchy with the author completely unable to replicate that turning of the screw build up. Instead we have moments of horror, moments of police procedural interspersed with rather pedestrian story telling. There is one top quality moment in the book that makes it worth the read alone but sadly the high (or low) doesn't last - and we even get a moment of inappropriate comedy towards the end which disrupts the flow.

Lastly there is one unforgivable part of this book for me - for some bizarre reason known only to himself he has chosen to use a real life author as one of the main supporting characters - for me this completely shatters my ability to suspend my disbelief and seems utterly irrelevant to the plot - it could quite easily have been a fictional character. This clumsy and cheesy move was the last straw for me - it's almost as if the author did it for a bet - it ruins the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Severed Streets 30 July 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is the second book in the series which started with London Falling, a great blend of urban myth and police procedural which felt to me like a mashup of Torchwood and The Bill. Which made it all the funnier when I find that this book now has on the front cover a review by USA Today which references a mix of Doctor Who and CSI – great minds clearly think alike. Paul Cornell was best known to me before he started this series of novels as a Doctor Who writer, so he obviously thinks in that kind of sci-fi way which is now being utilised in these books.

This is a great sequel to London Falling in many ways, but I wonder if it has got a bit clever for its own good. I note that some reviewers have pulled the writer up on his use of a real author as a supporting cast member in this book. I would have to agree that it doesn’t seem like such a great idea, and doesn’t really work. Likewise, some of the culture references may, I fear have gone over my head. The author needs to be careful to not alienate his audience by making his writing or references so clever that it’s difficult for the reader to be able to take in the flow of the narrative, which is surely why we’re reading the book in the first place.

Having said that, the idea of both this and London Falling is incredibly clever, and Paul Cornell has done a great job in making that blend of ‘supernatural’ and ‘realism’ come together in a way that the imagination is captured. The narrative races along in this book, where DI Quill and his colleagues are starting to find out how they can use their new abilities. Right from the first page the action takes off, as a politician is brutally killed. How can Quill find out what’s going on? The use of the Ripper motif in this twenty-first century setting with twists and turns that leap out of the pages is also very clever and very well done. There’s great potential in this series, and I look forward to more from Paul Cornell.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mix of genres 5 Nov. 2014
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second in the James Quill series. I wasn't really keen on the beginning of the book, the few pages before the murder of the politician. I found them a wee bit confusing and lacking clarity, which isn't always a good way to draw potential readers in. Fortunately Cornell gets to the nitty-gritty darkness fairly quickly.
His Sci-Fi plot weaving is mixed with police procedural story-lines, which makes sense when you consider his background as a Dr. Who scribe. He also uses the historical backdrop and urban myths associated with London.
Cornell seems to enjoy the quagmire of despair, suffering and pain when it comes to his characters, especially the good guys. Lots of bleak moments for them unfortunately. Hopefully, as the series progresses some of them will get some lucky mojo come their way.
I know the fact he has Neil Gaiman play a role in his story is a bit of topic in reviewing circles, however I think it was more of a nudge nudge wink wink move, perhaps because elements of the first James Quill book London Falling was compared to Gaiman's work.
It will be interesting to see where Cornell takes this series and his eclectic combination of genres.
I received a copy of this via NetGalley.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
Dark and twisted. Full of excellent imagery, characters and twists. Even managed to make me hate my favourite author! Curse you, Gaiman!
Published 8 days ago by Mr. G. J. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, yet brilliant.
Beautifully powerfully written. Well constructed complex characters. A definite must-read for anyone. Cannot wait until the next book is released!
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically dark and wonderfully evocative
A beautiful, dark, eerie story - part horror, part police procedural - like the peculiar love child of Clive Barker and Val McDermid. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Raven Stone
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not quite as a good as book 1
Maybe a difficult second album? Quill and his team are on murder case against the ripper, but this book doesn't have the same urgency the first book had. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic. A worthy sequel to London Falling
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging fantasy novel. Well worth a read!
Quill and his team stumble around in the London otherworld trying to catch a supernatural killer. Cornell has developed his team well and this second book is even more fun than the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. L. Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars with a hearty nod to possibly its Neverwhere inspiration a thoroughly...
This is one of those books where you are not sure exactly where it is going to go.. although you do have an idea based on the first book of the vague areas it could stray into.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J D Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same.
You get more of the same as in book one, but not enough new development of its' magical universe. I'd hope to learn more of the group's enigmatic boss, and the cache of stuff left... Read more
Published 3 months ago by I. Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavier then the first, but a great read and staging.
Id previously been reading the Ben Aaronovitch novels in the Rivers of London series and this led me on to these. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to London Falling
With The Severed Street Paul Cornell has built on the dark underbelly to the city that he created in London Falling as James Quill and his team investigate A series of impossible... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Innes
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