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

Paul Cornell
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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 . . .


The Severed Streets is the second urban fantasy by bestselling Doctor Who writer, Paul Cornell.


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    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 . . .

    From the Back Cover

    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 . . .

    'Like The Sweeney on Wolfsbane - superb'

    Independent on Sunday

    'Tough, thrilling and unputdownable'

    Jenny Colgan


    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1089 KB
    • Print Length: 409 pages
    • 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 (46 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,339 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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    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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Hard Road Out Of Hell 1 Jun. 2014
    Format:Hardcover
    "Hot town, summer in the city
    Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
    Been down, isn't it a pity
    Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city."

    Contains spoilers for "London Falling" and "The Severed Streets"

    But there is a shadow over London as the long Summer of Blood wears on. Quill and his team can feel it, in the air, in the visions their accidentally acquired Sight brings them. Things are coming to the boil in Hidden London, and the effects are spilling over into the non-supernatural streets of the city. When an MP is murdered, impossibly, brutally, in his locked car, it soon appears that the vengeful spirit of Jack the Ripper has risen from Hell, and this time his victims are the rich white men of the London Elite. Quill's team are in a race against time to stop him as he kills again, and again, and with rioting on the streets and fissures in their own fragile team, it seems things are rapidly going to Hell, in every sense including the literal one...

    In my review of Paul Cornell's previous James Quill novel, "London Falling" (on Fantasy Faction, go here :[...]) I mentioned the series passing resemblance to Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere", drawing as it did on the mythology of London to create a hidden underworld that only the gifted, or cursed, could see and interact with. So it's strangely appropriate that Gaiman himself makes a significant cameo appearance in the novel, all disheveled hair and leather jacket, as one of those who knows the secrets of the City.

    Sadly, Gaiman's appearance is one of the few bum notes in an otherwise excellent novel.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Calling Urban Fantasy Punks! 27 May 2014
    Format:Hardcover
    'Severed Streets' is the return of London copper James Quill in another Urban Fantasy detective story. Quill and his team police parts of the City that others can't see using their aptly-named 'sight'. The action is fast-paced and writing compelling, pulling you into Quill's world from early on. Although I've read the first Quill book, I didn't remember much about the characters or how his team developed 'the sight'. Luckily this book is written so that those who haven't read the first in the series (or those with a poor memory) can pick it up and quickly be up to speed. The overarching theme of Twitter-fueled riots keeps this fantasy firmly in the modern world. An excellent addition to London-loving authors such as Aaronovitch, Gaiman, and Meville. Well worth buying as a summer read!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next one.
    Very enjoyable read, lots of twists and turns. You can easily feel that there is some truth in the concept.
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    Good follow on to the original, if you liked that you will like this.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel
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    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 3 months 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
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Fantastic. A worthy sequel to London Falling
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