The dark is rising ...Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career.
Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody.
Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton.
But nothing about Toshack's murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law -- until his luck ran out.
Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again. As the group starts to see London's sinister magic for themselves, they have two choices: panic or use their new abilities.
Then they must hunt a terrifying supernatural force the only way they know how: using police methods, equipment and tactics.
But they must all learn the rules of this new game - and quickly.
More than their lives will depend on it. 'He's gone and written a novel too! I suspect it will be just as good as everything else he's written, and that's not fair at all' George R R Martin
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 18/07/2013
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780330528092
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Review by pgmcc
A detective story with a supernatural element, this novel conjured up several thoughts regarding how I might describe it. These included:“A Police procedural drama with the grittiness of the Sweeney and the horror of the worst practices of witchcraft.”“An inverted version of ‘Life on Mars’ with detective practices from the past struggling to survive in today’s police world of standard operating procedures and the blood thirsty rituals and practices of 16th Century witchcraft.”Regardless of how one decides to describe this book Paul Cornell has done a great job of interweaving present-day police procedures and practices with the events involved in a witchcraft fuelled serial killer spree.