Whispers Under Ground

Whispers Under Ground

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher-and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom-if it exists at all-is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as "the Faceless Man," it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and-as of now-deadliest subway system in the world.At least he won't be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She's young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah-that's going to go well.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452690094
145269009X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Holdbrook-Smith, Kobna
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IndyPL_SteveB Jun 22, 2019

#3 in the “Peter Grant” series, also sometimes called “The Rivers of London” series, of mystery/fantasies.

I’ve enjoyed this series about a London Police Constable who has magic abilities, including being able to see ghosts, talk with the gods and goddesses of the rivers that feed into the Thames River, and do magic. He’s learning the magic under the tutelage of his new boss, Inspector Nightingale, who is one of the last remaining trained wizards in Britain. In this book, Peter and his magic-damaged co-worker, Lesley, try to determine how a ghostly graffiti artist, a stoned DJ, an Irish artist, and a wholesale hauling business are connected to the murder of an American student studying in England. The mystery seems centered around strange goings-on in the London Underground (the subway system). One of the most fun aspects of the book is all of the strange history and topography of the Underground. It is also fun to watch the complex relationship between Peter and Lesley, a formerly beautiful Constable whose brain is intact but whose face is now unrecognizable. Aaronovitch handles the snarky police humor well, which is a major part of the series’ charm.

I would have liked to see more emphasis on the river gods and goddesses, which are the most original characters in this series.

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