Synopsis: A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer?
Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his case load.
So far so London.
But then Peter gets words of something very odd happening in Elephant and Castle, on a housing estate designed by a nutter, built by charlatans and inhabited by the truly desperate.
Is there a connection?
And if there is, why oh why did it have to be South of the River?
This is the best Peter Grant novel so far, in my opinion. Reading all of the Peter Grant novels in rapid succession has enabled me to note the progress Aaronovitch has made in his storytelling, world-building, and character development.
This is definitely the most complicated book in the Peter Grant series. There are so many plot threads that, if you don't read this book carefully, can be hard to keep track of. But it is definitely worth paying attention to as it all ties neatly together towards the end.
And what a spectacular ending it is. I wish I could go on about it here but I definitely don't appreciate spoilers so I won't do that to anyone else. The only thing I will say about it is MAJOR TWIST!!!!! A twist so huge that I need the fifth book NOW!!!!! Only it doesn't come out until September. Bugger.
I am excited to report that Ben Aaronovitch has signed on to write at least four more Peter Grant novels. The fifth one, Foxglove Summer, is set to be released September 25, 2014, according to amazon.co.uk. The sixth one, The Hanging Tree, doesn't have a release date yet. Neither does the TV series. So I will have to do without a Peter Grant fix for at least another four months. Lucky for me (and for this blog) I have tons of other books to read in the meantime. I better get on it.