Well, this isn’t quite what I was expecting.
LONDON FALLING is a tale of the London Metropolitan Police becoming embroiled in a shadow, other world which both exists alongside and is entwined with ours, and whereas there is a certain playfulness to it, it’s a book which is proud to be gritty. A novel which doesn’t use the inherent magic of its scenario to soften the death and danger lurking within.
The death of a London crime boss in mysterious circumstances leads to the formation of a small crime squad looking at a new kind of criminal underworld, one that actually exists under reality as we know it. Before long they find themselves investigating a homicidal West Ham F.C. fan (and witch) who might be London’s most prolific serial killer. And discovering a particularly cruel quirk of her M.O. that’s the kind of concept which will bring cold sweats to any parents of small children.
In short, this is a gripping and terrifying tale of the unexpected.
On picking it up I thought it would tread closely in the footsteps of Ben Aaronovitch’s RIVERS OF LONDON series (both Connell and Aaronovitch are former DOCTOR WHO scribes). As much as I enjoy that series, they have a light tread and a casual stride. LONDON FALLING is a whole other beast. It approaches the material in a darker and more unyielding way. With the result that it’s a proper horror novel and a damn fine one.
My debut novel, THE WANNABES – which has been out of print for a little while – is now available for free! A supernatural thriller of beautiful actresses and deadly ambition in London town, it’s well worth your time. You can get your copy here!