L'agent Peter Grant ne croyait pas aux fantômes, jusqu'au jour où un étrange personnage lui affirme avoir assisté au meurtre sur lequel il enquête.
Un témoin providentiel.. . s'il n'était mort depuis plus d'un siècle ! Et Peter n'est pas au bout de ses surprises : recruté par l'énigmatique inspecteur Nightingale, il intègre l'unité de la police londonienne chargée des affaires surnaturelles. Au programme, traquer vampires, sorcières et autres créatures de la nuit ; faire respecter les divers accords passés entre les forces occultes de Londres ; réconcilier les divinités qui se partagent la Tamise, sans devenir esclave de leurs charmes ; et bien sûr apprendre le latin, le grec ancien et une montagne d'incantations bizarres et pour le moins rébarbatives.
Peter doit en passer par là, s'il veut un jour devenir à son tour le dernier sorcier de Londres.. .
L'agent Grant est chargé d'enquêter sur la mort d'un jeune américain survenue dans le métro, à la station Baker Street. Pour ce faire, il reçoit l'aide d'une agent du FBI, un peu magicienne elle aussi.
Après avoir réconcilié les divinités qui se partagent la Tamise, et mis hors d'état de nuire un tueur en série sorti d'un conte pour enfants vieux de plusieurs siècles, l'agent Peter Grant et l'inspecteur Nightingale pensaient pouvoir souffler un peu. Mais le repos n'est pas une option pour les deux derniers sorciers de Londres : ce sont cette fois les jazzmen de la capitale anglaise qui meurent un peu trop souvent et dans des conditions un peu trop suspectes.
Au son du swing, du bop et de l'électro, Peter nous emmène dans les clubs enfumés de Soho, où magie et musique forment les deux faces d'un même penny...
Une série d'événements criminels, sans lien apparent, conduisent l'agent Peter Grant et l'inspecteur Thomas Nightingale dans les entrailles des immeubles Goldfinger, situés au sud de la Tamise.
Peter Grant et Beverley Brook enquêtent sur une affaire de disparition d'enfants que la police du Herefordshire ne parvient pas à résoudre.
A l'emplacement actuel de Marble Arch, à Londres, se dressait jadis la tristement célèbre potence de Tyburn, surnommée l'arbre des pendus, où l'on exécutait les criminels les plus notoires du royaume. Or, de nos jours, les riches demeures d'Oxford Street et de Mayfair - situées là où les condamnés faisaient autrefois leurs derniers pas - sont le théâtre d'événements pour le moins étranges et inquiétants.
Peter Grant, agent de la Police métropolitaine de Londres et dernier apprenti sorcier du royaume, mène une nouvelle fois l'enquête...
Before becoming a bestselling author, Ben Aaronovitch was a screenwriter for Doctor Who and a bookseller at Waterstones. He now writes full time, and every book in his Rivers of London series has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. He is published in 14 languages and has sold more than 2 million copies around the world. Aaronovitch is also a trustee on the board of Cityread London and is a long-time supporter of Nigeria''s premiere arts and cultural festival, The Ake Festival. He still lives in London, the city he likes to refer to as ''the capital of the world''.>
A brand new stand-alone novella in the Rivers of London series! Tobias Winter has been assigned to the Abteilung KDA - the Department for Complex and Unspecific Matters. Despite the intriguing department name, as Winter explains, dealing with the strange and the supernatural is 'actually 90% paperwork'. But this is a story about the other 10% of the job: the life-threatening danger part. This is a tale about the Queen of the Harvest, the October Man, and the little-known time the vineyard around Trier started to eat people . . . Winter may be P. C. Peter Grant's German counterpart, but surviving this investigation is entirely down to him . . .
A fabulous new adventure, London under threat, and the scent of magic in the air . . . it must be a new Rivers of London mystery . . . 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 two thousand 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 . . .
Doctor Who Screenwriter Ben Aaronovitch's superbly entertaining supernatural crime series has, with its witty one-liners and wonderfully erudite take on London, won a legion of fans in double quick time. Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it's just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the Police Force is less easy. Especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at. And then there's his love life. The last person he fell for ended up seriously dead. It wasn't his fault, but still. Now something horrible is happening in the labyrinth of tunnels that make up the tube system that honeycombs the ancient foundations of London. And delays on the Northern line is the very least of it. Time to call in the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Unit 9, aka 'The Folly'. Time to call in PC Peter Grant, Britain's Last Wizard.
There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's speciality . . . Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow up interviews rather difficult. So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition. Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.
In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm ...
Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with emigre Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED BRAND NEW NOVEL IN THE #1 BESTSELLING RIVERS OF LONDON SERIES There is a world hidden underneath this great city... The London Silver Vaults - for well over a century, the largest collection of silver for sale in the world. It has more locks than the Bank of England and more cameras than a celebrity punch-up. Not somewhere you can murder someone and vanish without a trace - only that''s what happened. The disappearing act, the reports of a blinding flash of light and memory loss amongst the witnesses all make this a case for Detective Constable Peter Grant and the Special Assessment Unit. Alongside their boss DCI Thomas Nightingale, the SAU find themselves embroiled in a mystery that encompasses London''s tangled history, foreign lands and, most terrifying of all, the North! And Peter must solve this case soon because back home his partner Beverley is expecting twins any day now. But what he doesn''t know is that he''s about to encounter something - and somebody - that nobody ever expects... Effortlessly original, endlessly inventive and hugely entertaining - step into the world of the much-loved, Number One bestselling Rivers of London series. * * * * * PRAISE FOR BEN AARONOVITCH & THE RIVERS OF LONDON SERIES: ''Highly entertaining'' SUNDAY EXPRESS ''Charming, witty, exciting'' THE INDEPENDENT ''Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there more than the real London'' NICK FROST ''As brilliant and funny as ever ... Masterfully crafted - gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money'' THE SUN ''An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups'' THE TIMES ''Funny and wildly inventive'' MAIL ON SUNDAY Discover why this incredible series has sold over two million copies worldwide. If you''re a fan of Terry Pratchett, you will love the imaginative, irreverent and all-round irresistible RIVERS OF LONDON books.