The first book in the Shadow Police series from Dr Who writer Paul Cornell
"An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters" Ben Aaronovitch
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.
PRAISE FOR THE SERIES
"The Shadow Police series is the quintessential British contemporary fantasy, full of grit and magic and wonderful things. Paul Cornell is a national treasure" Adam Christopher
"Start this book early in the day people, because you ain't going to get no sleep until it's done" Ben Aaronovitch on London Falling
"I think it is absolutely magnificent. I loved it ... I'm not sure I've been that gripped by a novel in ... well, decades" Russell T. Davies on London Falling
"A much grittier vision of a gothic, fantasy London, well balanced between its depiction of the city's criminal underworld and a horrifying fantasy reality that for most of the novel lurks just at the edges of sight." Guardian
"Realistic banter, original twists" Daily Telegraph
"Pacy, smart and revels in London mythology. ... crikey it's good fun" Scotland on Sunday
Paul Cornell has written some of Doctor Who's best-loved episodes for the BBC. He has also written on a number of comic book series for Marvel and DC, including X-men and Batman and Robin. He has been Hugo Award-nominated for his work in TV, comics and prose, and won the BSFA award for his short fiction. London Falling is his first urban fantasy novel.