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Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
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Jun 22, 2011

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Read from June 22 to 24, 2011

Once upon a time there was a Mama River and a Papa River and a Copper called Peter.
Jokes aside there really are these characters in the story.
This story serves up a concoction consisting of the humor of Terry Pratchett, a dice of Neil Gaiman's characters and plot and finally a fixer kind of guy and supernatural goings on from Jim Butcher.
Peter is a copper of mixed race ethnicity his mother was a cleaner, his father was a drug addict and grew up in a council estate. He became a down to earth kind of guy who has a good sense of humor and is about to be more than just an ordinary copper, a right strum up wizard of sorts. Peter loves London and to all the non English readers will love the informative history on the locations in the Greater London area, there is loads of it at times overkill. There really is an Actors Church and there was The Bow street runners, he covers the history well around Covent Garden mile radius, i wonder what hes going to unleash with book 2 about Soho, glorious seedy Soho!
The story was a humorous paranormal investigation down and out in London, the humor was annoying at times and he just went a bit overboard with references about London but if you strip that there was no deep plot or dark gripping tale! I like the main protagonist here Peter and hope he gets really more darker and serious in his next adventure.

The Bow Street Runners have been called London's first professional police force. The force was founded in 1749 by the author Henry Fielding and originally numbered just six. Bow Street runners was the public's nickname for these officers, "although the officers never referred to themselves as runners, considering the term to be derogatory". The Bow Street group was disbanded in 1839.
The Actor's Church

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