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Moon Over Soho - Ben Aaronovitch
Moon Over Soho
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I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to... show more
I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn't the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens' portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives. And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you're doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.
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ISBN: 9780575097612
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages no: 375
Edition language: English
Series: Peter Grant (#2)
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
3.5 Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant, #2)
There are two storylines running through Moon Over Soho: one that begins and ends with this book, involving a string of suspicious deaths, all of them jazz musicians. The other centres on a mysterious, faceless, unknown sorcerer running around London killing and conducting his own Dr. Moreau type e...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.5 Darkest London Square
I love the tone and humor in the novel. Peter Grant is a great guy to hang out with. The music riffs were nice too. Yet, the big reveal was something that anyone, including a bug, could have seen coming and quite frankly, the fact that Grant didn't see it was stupid.I did like the morality debate at...
Tannat
Tannat rated it
3.5 Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch (audiobook)
Series: Peter Grant #2 Musicians are dropping dead after gigs and there's a whiff of magic around their bodies... I really like these audiobooks; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith does a great job. There's only one voice that I have trouble understanding for long speeches but I guess that's kind of intentio...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 Second Book in Series Very Good
I read "Moon Over Soho" by Ben Aaronovitch for the "Magical Realism" square. Please note that some things mentioned below may spoil the events in book #1. "Moon Over Soho" is the second book in the Peter Grant series. Due to a lot of us participating in Halloween bingo are reading this book, I...
Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it
4.0 A strong follow-up novel.
When I think back over the first books in this series, I remember them being a lot of fun -- pretty funny, really, with moments of tension and drama. I don't know why I think that. Listening to the first two have been a good corrective. Yes, Peter is witty, and some of what he does while learning ...
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