The Severed Streets
Desperate to find a case to justify the team's existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he's struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn't seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the... show more
Desperate to find a case to justify the team's existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he's struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn't seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message...identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper. The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he's only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or 'the funny people' as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern. Meanwhile, in Paul Cornell's The Severed Streets, the Ripper keeps on killing and finally the pattern of those killings gives Quill's team clues towards who's really doing this....
Publish date: 2014
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
, Urban Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
Series: Shadow police (#2)
Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it's not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to o...
Series: Shadow Police #2 We're back with James Quill and his team, police officers with the Sight, the thing that allows them to see supernatural stuff all over London. Paul Cornell has managed to create an interesting magical environment, where you gain power through various means of sacrifice or...
The policemen are getting further and further into the metaphysical and the consequences of previous events come to roost. There's murder happening and it looks like Jack the Ripper is back, this time against men.
This was a lot more coherent than the initial book, London Falling, but I don't think this book is very accessible to the average urban fantasy reader. There is still a heavy British vibe to the story, which is a good thing, for the most part. Cornell takes the reader and the characters to some dark...
This Cornell guy can write.I'm tempted to let that be all I say about this book. Won't be (because I can't help myself), but it's tempting. The other thing I'm tempted to do is copy and paste the first three paragraphs of my London Falling review to start this one -- I am a little annoyed to see tha...