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London Falling

por Paul Cornell

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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. 'He's gone and written a novel too! I suspect it will be just as good as everything else he's written, and that's not fair at all' George R R Martin.… (mais)
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If I remember correctly, I came across this book from a 'Books Similar to What You Have Picked' category, and after reading the story description, went ahead and picked it up. Being a bit of the urban fantasy reader, I thought it would be a bit interesting, and maybe even be a bit about London's darker, 'hidden' side, similar to Gaiman's "Neverwhere". I was a bit let down. After about one-fourth of the book, I was just disinterested in the story. I could not get into the characters, and having just gained some kind of paranormal sight from one person touching and object - it kind of lost me. I mean, one person touches, and three others (in the same room) gain this sight, too. Also, I felt the story dragged in getting started. Maybe this was early background story for character/story development, but it just wasn't grabbing my attention. Unfortunately, I did not finish the book, so the rating is low. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
Turns out I adore distorted police procedurals, even - or especially - when they're truly on a wobbler, which this most certainly was. Much fun. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
What seems a routine sardonic crime story turns supernatural, with a 400-year-old witch who can make people forget their children. Weird, but well done, with excellent narration in the audio version. ( )
  oatleyr | Aug 22, 2020 |
oh dear, I daresay I've found my next The Laundry series ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
This is not your average American Urban Fantasy - twists of tropes for werewolves and vampires - spiced with will they / won't they romance and set-piece violence between the supernaturals, fast-healing combatants.

This is your gritty "You're nicked, my son" London Coppers going under cover to hunt vicious East London gangsters and then finding themselves up against something evil and inexplicable that kills children.

This is the Parental Advisory version of Urban Fantasy with up-close-and-personal gory violence, drug-use, rape, child murder and bad language throughout. The magic part comes not from distillations of Hollywood monsters but from London's own bloody history. fuelled by sacrifice and remembered fear-soaked pain and wielded by purely malevolent creatures who get off on the screams and despair of those they prey on.

When this book works, it works very well indeed. The tension is high, the plot twists make sense, the violence and evil are palpable and you really want the good guys - some of whom are not entirely good - to triumph. The London that Paul Cornell evokes smells and tastes like the real thing and becomes force n the novel rather than just a setting. The coppers are a diverse group of people, recognisably coppers but rising above stereotypes to become distinct individuals.

There are a couple of points where the book stumbles a little; an over-long investigation by the team into London's haunted hot spots and a step back in time to share the main monster's origin story that I felt was too mechanical and unemotional, providing an explanation of the monster without really getting in its head.

Still, although this is a stand-alone novel, "London Falling" is the first in a series, so some "Season 1, Episode 1" awkwardness is to be expected.

This was an original book, with a good plot and some interesting people that has added another I-want-to-know-what-happens series for me to read.
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  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
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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. 'He's gone and written a novel too! I suspect it will be just as good as everything else he's written, and that's not fair at all' George R R Martin.

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