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Summary

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.

Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.

But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees.

To save his beloved city, Peter's going to need help from his former best friend and colleague - Lesley May - who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch....

©2018 Ben Aaronovitch (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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  • MFW
  • Aylesbury, UK
  • 15-11-18

Love this series, this book follows on nicely

More developments in the hunt for the Faceless man MK2, with thrills, spills and some more pale ladies to challenge Peter, Nightingale and the Fay.

Note for those reviewing the book that they haven't received on Audible, rather than moan in a review have you tried contacting customer services at Audible?

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Another classic Rivers of London

Starting more slowly than previous books it soon envelopes you and you cannot stop listening. Peter's observations make me laugh. As does DCI Seawoll along with the rich pageant of characters, like Toby the dog, Nightingale the last Wizard , Molly, Foxglove, Guleed and the no longer faceless man you step into another world that is still London. Add some exciting chases, desperate fights where a magical spell is dropped in favour of a swift kick to the groin. It's a new 21st century style of fantasy.

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Love these characters and these books.

More, more, more please. If you keep writing them Ben, I’ll keep buying and reading them. This is how I used to feel when awaiting the publication of the next Terry Pratchett book and, in my opinion, that is the ultimate compliment an author can receive.

As an aside, why on earth are people giving the book low star ratings based on the Audible pre-orders cock-up. Hardly fair!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Continues to enchant

With a combination of wonderful storytelling and narration the series maintains the high standard set already.

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fantastic

pulls all the previous books together in a totally entertaining way. time to start book one again!!

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Just Brilliant!

Amazing story! Written so well, such a creative story and follows the previous books perfectly. Narration was awesome and some really laugh out loud moments!

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Bit boring really

Read/listened to all 7 books. This is the poorest so far. Nothing really happens in the story until the final act. The most interesting character in the series hardly features in the storyline. Hope the next one is better. Narration is excellent as ever though.

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  • Ed
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • 24-11-18

back to the old formula

I have been waiting for the next book for a long time. I was not disappointed

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Never received book

I placed the preorder for this book in April this year, and I have been refreshing the app all day but it is late evening and it still has not appeared. It also lists as “already purchased” in the store. I would love to give it a listen, but appear unable to

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Usual Pre-Order disaster

Like many loyal fans of this series I pre-ordered the latest instalment earlier in the year and yet again when release day arrives the book is absent from my library. This is the third pre-order I’ve been unable to download on the day so I’ll just wait in future because then I can actually download it which, because I pre-ordered, I can’t currently do! Audible you really do need to sort this out because clearly this isn’t just affecting me.

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  • 04-12-18

The perfect marriage of fantasy and cop show

Having finally caught up with the series, it seems like time for a review. And catching up has been brilliant. Peter Grant is easily the most entertaining protagonist in his genre, Ben Aaronovitch injects sly humour from every angle, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is easily the top narrator I've experienced on Audible and the perfect choice for this series. Start at the beginning and I guarantee enjoyment all the way through if you're a fan of the genre.

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  • Axel T
  • 29-11-18

Can't wait for the next one!

Another good entry in this great series. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is the man., and the character development is at its best.

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  • S. Moreton
  • 17-11-18

Another fantastic book. I loved it.

The ongoing struggle of Peter and Lesley and the team at the Folly continues. The story moves forward nicely with a good deal of resolution, but leaving room for the next installment.
The narration is, as always, superb.
The unique humour is as entertaining as always, although this was perhaps less humorous than some of the previous books.
If you haven't read the previous books in the Rivers of London Series, you should not start here, but this is a spectacular series. To purloin a phrase "Do yourselves a favour" and read this stuff.