A WHOLE NEW REASON TO MIND THE GAP
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.
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch
This time Peter is going underground and the Americans are involved. Can’t be good. Luckily the American element is much more limited than the blurb would suggest, and like before the city steals the spotlight. London is a character in itself here.
The long plot continues, the characters evolve, and the incidental murder mystery plays a slightly bigger role this time. There’s less of magical apprentice work and more of good old fashioned legwork for Peter.
Although as a Finn, I had to take the descriptions of extreme weather conditions with a grain of salt.