Rivers of London meets Zoo City in this breathtaking crime thriller, perfect for grown-up fans of Harry Potter.
The name's Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service.
My life revolves around two things: finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I'm going to do to the bastard when I catch him.
I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a 50-something DCI from Yorkshire who looks more like someone's mother than a cop. Don't let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day and he's a mean drunk.
Life is pretty routine - I solve crimes, I search for my daughter's killer. Wash, rinse, repeat. Until the day I'm called out to the murder of a ramanga - a low-key vampire, basically the tabloid journalist of the vampire world.
It looks like an open and shut case. There's even CCTV footage of the killer. Except...the face on the CCTV footage? It's the face of the man who killed my daughter.
I'm about to face a tough choice. Catch her killer or save the world? I can't do both. It's not looking good for the world.
Poison City is the first in a fantastical new series for fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz and Stephen King.
©2016 Paul Crilley (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
Spend my time cycling, reading, listening to audiobooks and music, baking and running about after 3 grown up kids, cats and chickens.
Really enjoyed this one. Along the lines of The Streets of London but set in Durban in South Africa. I don't know much about the country and the book gives a good sense of place. A very different dog companion to the loveable Irish Wolfhound in the Iron Druid books but he grew on me hugely. Exciting story and sets the scene for the next book. Looking forward to it.
I thought the performance was brilliant--the voices and tone were brilliant and it was almost enough to save the book, but not quite.
There are few books I find that I've gotten so bored with that I can't actually wait until it's over; sadly this was one of them. I was hoping for a more nuanced mystery with magic thrown in; instead this delivered a loosely held together thriller that wasn't really that thrilling. It did have some moments--the exposition on religion was actually quite interesting. I found the characters unsympathetic and found myself getting bored as they were thrown in a seemingly endless series of life-threatening and yawn-inducing situations.
Like other reviewers I felt this was very similar to the Rivers of London books but with more swearing and violence.
The narration was excellent and I really hope there will be a sequel
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