Today’s blog tour day for Paul Cornell’s London Falling, a gritty police-procedural urban fantasy.
About Paul Cornell:
PAUL CORNELL is a British writer best known for his work in television drama, most notably for Doctor Who. Three of his Doctor Who episodes have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. He has written several Doctor Who spin-off novels, and created the character Beatrice Summerfield. He has also written for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, and had two original novels published.
About London Falling:
Police officers Quill, Costain, Sefton, and Ross know the worst of London—or they think they do. While investigating a mobster’s mysterious death, they come into contact with a strange artifact and accidentally develop the Sight. Suddenly they can see the true evil haunting London’s streets.
Armed with police instincts and procedures, the four officers take on the otherworldly creatures secretly prowling London. Football lore and the tragic history of a Tudor queen become entwined in their pursuit of an age-old witch with a penchant for child sacrifice. But when London’s monsters become aware of their meddling, the officers must decide what they are willing to sacrifice to clean up their city.
Paul Cornell’s London Falling is a dark urban fantasy featuring a police unit investigating murders, who unwittingly stumble upon unbelievable evil. Tony Costain and Kevin Sefton are undercover officers who’ve infiltrated the ranks of a criminal organization, and now they have to bring in the big guy, or lose everything they’ve worked for. On the day everything’s set to go down, the mobster seems to have lost his head – and then does so, literally…
So now Costain and Sefton, joined by James Quill and Lisa Ross, are investigating his death – his improbable, impossible death. What they eventually find boggles the mind and defies understanding, but they move onward, seeking explanations they’re not sure make sense – any sense – at all.
London Falling is a police procedural with meticulous detail, wrapped around an engrossing story. The characters are well-developed, the plot is well-planned, and the story well-written. There’s the supernatural element too, of course – this is an urban fantasy novel after all. And what we have here is evil permeating London, evil that’s been playing in London’s backyard for centuries, always under the radar, laying down plans. For what? Nobody knows. But this brave foursome are going to find out.
I couldn’t put down London Falling, and now I can’t wait to read more. It’s too bad I’m surely going to have to wait a while before the next one comes out! If you love dark mysteries with supernatural elements, you’ll want to pick this one up. Or better yet, win a copy!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read London Falling? What did you think? And if you haven’t, read on to win your own copy!
Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of London Falling for you. This one’s open to US & Canada residents. To enter, fill out the form below before May 14th. Good luck!