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"Footballers who score hat-tricks against West Ham do not always die in suspicious circumstances, but ... they often do. More often, statistically, than they should."
In London Falling, a team of police detectives find themselves pursuing an evil entity around London - a being whose fascination with the fortunes of West Ham turns out to be rooted in ancient and tragic history. It has a bit of a slow start but is otherwise brilliantly done, a fantastic run combining police procedural (including the complex details of the coppers' private lives intertwining with the details of the case) with eldritch magic. Particularly interesting to read it so soon after Neverwhere, which I think does not execute the concept of London as an occult city half as well; Cornell's London is much less whimsical than Gaiman's in its threatening aspects, and much broader in terms of physical and human geography; and the mystery is resolved leaving enough thread hanging for more to be written in this universe. Good stuff.


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Feb. 19th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
It appears you have thus far not read Rivers of London, another police-procedural urban fantasy set in London (by Ben Aaronovitch), albeit one that is about as different from London Falling as it is possible to be while still having that label. I liked it (and the sequels), and would recommend.

Edited at 2013-02-19 09:11 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
Amusingly, at WorldCon last summer Cornell said that he & Aaronovitch started writing both their police-procedural urban fantasies at the same time, by pure coincidence. Ben is apparently just that much faster than Paul. :)
Feb. 20th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)

Ben based his on a TV pitch that he'd had ten years ago or so, I think. And he has complained about how slow he is at writing, so I think there might be a certain amount of fudging going on there. ;-)
Feb. 19th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
I must get a copy of this, it sounds fascinating. (Also, evil entities might explain West Ham)
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