Ben Aaronovitch is one of the fresh, new voices in paranormal fiction. He takes the traditional British police procedural, mixes in a dash of Harry Potter, adds a "disagreement" between the human incarnations of the river gods of London, and gives us "Midnight Riot."
The book introduces us to Probationary Constable Peter Grant. He dreams of making detective, but seems destined for a desk job until the witness he interviews at a crime scene turns out to be a ghost. Peter is drafted by Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the force's one-man X-Files department, to assist in the investigation of a series of brutal murders.
"Midnight Riot" is filled with enough twists and turns to keep the mystery reader happy, and the paranormal fantasy reader will rejoice at discovering a new hero that battles the "things that go bump in the night." Although the author gets a bit gory at times, his well developed characters, suspenseful story line and blend of humor make this a very satisfying read. This book may be found on the library's paperback displays, or you may always request it.
--Ron A., Weber Road