Rivers of London (#1 Rivers of London)

Author(s): Ben Aaronovitch


Dive in at the beginning of the bestselling cops and wizards series from chart-topping author (and comics writer) Ben Aaronovitch, with this Box Set Edition of the first three graphic novels Including Art Cards featuring the cover art from the individual books. Including: Volume 1: Bodywork, Volume 2: Night Witch, Volume 3: Black Mould

A stunning box set edition of the bestselling first three graphic novels in the Rivers of London sequence, starring Ben Aaronovitch's laconic trainee wizard and budding detective, Peter Grant. All-new adventures for Peter and the Folly - that are essential parts of the smash-hit novel continuity Peter Grant is part of a very special London police unit. Full-time cop and part-time wizard, he works on rather unusual crimes - those that involve magic and the general weirdness that permeates London's dark underbelly.
In the first volume, Body Work, Police Constable Peter Grant and his boss, Thomas Nightingale, London's only wizarding cops, tackle a case that begins with a perfectly innocent car on a homicidal killing spree - without a driver. But then, before you know it, there's a Bosnian refugee, the Most Haunted Car in England, a bunch of teenagers loaded on Ketamine and a seemingly-harmless wooden bench with the darkest of pasts...
In the second volume, Night Witch, Peter and Nightingale are press-ganged into helping a Russian oligarch hunt his missing daughter, where they are caught up in a battle between Russian gunmen, a monstrous forest creature - and their nemesis: The Faceless Man. But as Grant and Nightingale close in on the missing girl, they discover that nothing about this case is what it seems
In the third volume, Black Mould, something dark and slimy is dripping through the walls of suburban London. Not the usual stuff that smells funny and can be hell on the lungs, this mould is possessed by dark power and worse intentions. Looks like it's another case for London's one and only trainee wizard cop, Peter Grant, joined here by his reluctant partner, Sahra Guleed


Policing in London has never been so quirky. DC Peter Grant isn’t doing too well climbing the ranks. His major problem is that he is easily distracted: he notices things others don’t and finds himself wandering off on tangents when he should be focusing on the job in hand. Rivers of London is the first in a successful series by Ben Aaronovitch, which brings together the decidedly real with the completely fantastical in an alarming, funny, quite believable caper. In Rivers of London several people are acting uncharacteristically aggressively, and some of their actions are leading to gruesome murders. PC Grant, after attending one such horror, meets the unusual Chief Inspector Nightingale and finds himself promoted into his team of one (if you don’t count the strange housekeeper, Molly, who seems to float and has rather pointy teeth) and initiated into the world of wizards, the first apprentice in 50 years. Reading this I felt I had fallen into a hybrid of Jasper Fforde madcap, Harry Potter for grown-ups, all mixed with gruesome crime and absurdist plotting. Not only does our DC have to deal with learning magic, the often mysterious behaviour of Nightingale and the obvious contempt of some fellow policing chiefs, he’s trying but failing to keep his mind off fellow police officer Lesley May (who just seems to keep dragging into his troublesome world) and resist the niece of a mighty river goddess. And hence the plot thickens, the river gods Sister and Brother Thames, underworld spirits living in flats near the banks of the Thames with their equally adoring and loyal entourages, are having a bit of a turf war. What are they up to, and who or what is making Londoners turn on each other? Can Nightingale and Grant with the assistance of fellow police officer May and the police computer, HOLMES, and possibly Sister Thames (if she has  a mind to) get to the bottom of this mystery? 



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CSI London, Urban Fantasy-style!

Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2011.

Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the 'Capital of the World'. He works as a bookseller when he is not writing novels and TV scripts.

General Fields

  • : 9780575097582
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Gollancz
  • : June 2011
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2011
  • : books

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  • : Ben Aaronovitch
  • : Paperback
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  • : English