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This review is from: London Falling (James Quill 1) (Paperback)
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Urban fantasy meets crime drama in a new novel from writer Paul Cornell. It runs for three hundred and ninety five pages and is divided into thirty chapters plus an epilogue.
The story starts in the middle of a long running police operation to bring down a London Gangster and his operations. Two undercover detectives and their superior are caught up in the middle of all this. But when their suspect is then murdered in custody in a brutal and seemingly impossible manner, they have a new investigation on their hands.
With the aid of an intelligence analyst, they find there's more to the city than meets the eye. And an urban legend about a certain football club turns out to be true. Can this police team come to terms with their new abilities and themselves, and bring down a supernatural serial killer?
This is very grounded in it's setting, and the writer clearly knows the city well. It tries to be grim and gritty and realistic, so there is a bit of strong language and some rather gruesome scenes.
It's a very hard book to get into though because you are thrown into the middle of the investigation and this and the style of the writing and the use of a fair amount of jargon [although there is a glossary at the back of the book] does make the first thirty six or pages rather heavy and uninvolving going.
But once the supernatural element comes in this suddenly becomes much more readable. So it is well worth persevering with.
The plot does contain enough twists and turns to keep going very nicely for just under four hundred pages. And it does take it's time out as it goes along to add more depth to the characters also.
This will probably appeal far more to urban fantasy readers than crime drama fans. And it is one of those books that is almost self contained but leaves enough loose ends to allow for further adventures of the characters.
Should there be such books, I would be inclined to give them a go. Stick with this one through it's uncertain start, because it does become a good read as it goes along, and it's well worth it if you like this kind of thing.