“The Hanging Tree” by Ben Aaronovitch is a whimsical and tilted look at a world that is both familiar and very different. Although this is part of a series, there is no problem becoming immersed in this world where rivers are personified in the form of attractive women and police procedures have to include a way to deal with supernatural folks who have dangerous non-tangible weapons. I love the insouciant attitude with which Police Constable Peter Grant faces all obstacles and the blending of political maneuvering with the cat-and-mouse game of avoiding mass panic while attempting to defeat powerful magical adversaries. The remarkable scenarios that include mental manipulation, a ghost or two, and unexpected feats such as flying keep the action moving and entertaining. I was a little distracted by the preoccupation with race and color, as I wasn’t sure it impacted on the meat of the story but I enjoyed seeing the difference in approaches to problems dependent on the facility with various powers and skills. This is a great addition to the series and I can’t wait to find out what jams the intrepid Constable gets into…and out of…in the next book.
This fantasy novel is part of the ‘Rivers of London’ series that features Constable Peter Grant as he juggles the obligations to his specialized police department that deals with supernatural cases and the debts he owes to the supernatural beings themselves. Tasked with whitewashing a case that involves the daughter of one of the most powerful forces in London, Peter must tread lightly through the halls of power…and try to minimize the widespread destruction that seems to follow him wherever he goes. Easier said than done, especially when his enemies are so formidable, and bent on destroying Peter and whoever else stands in their way.
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of Police Constable Peter Grant or the Folly—London’s police department for supernatural cases—even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the flats of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But the daughter of Lady Ty, influential goddess of the Tyburn river, was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favor.
Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the houses, where the law is something bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean.
But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.
He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week…