History Literature / RiversOfLondon

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** Minor character PC Omer Kubat is so good-looking that fellow police never believe he's police, even in full uniform. He gets regularly poached for undercover work.
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''Rivers of London'' is a series of books which follow the career of Peter Grant, Police Constable and apprentice wizard, as he tackles supernatural crime in London along with his superior officer, and Master Wizard, Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale. Written by former ''Series/DoctorWho'' writer Creator/BenAaronovitch, the series comprises six books so far, plus four graphic novels, one novella and several short stories. Aaronovitch has been commissioned to write a further two books.

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''Rivers of London'' is a series of books which follow the career of Peter Grant, Police Constable and apprentice wizard, as he tackles supernatural crime in London along with his superior officer, and Master Wizard, Detective Chief Inspector Nightingale. Written by former ''Series/DoctorWho'' writer Creator/BenAaronovitch, the series comprises six books so far, plus four graphic novels, one novella and several short stories. Aaronovitch has been commissioned to write a further two books.

The series is rapidly heading into ExpandedUniverse territory, with upcoming novellas and comics featuring different point of view characters, settings and time periods.

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* ''Water Weed'' (June 2018)

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* ''Water Weed'' (June (first issue release date June 2018)
* ''The Fey and the Furious'' (release date tbc)

[[AC:[[http://temporarilysignificant.blogspot.co.uk/p/a-chronology-of-rivers-of-london-books.html Peter's Friends Novellas:]]]]
* ''[[http://temporarilysignificant.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/what-im-currently-working-on-now.html The October Man]]''
* ''What Abigail Did That Summer''
* ''Untitled Kimberley Reynolds novella''
* ''Untitled Nightingale novella''



** All the other victims in ''Soho'' fall squarely into this trope too.

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** All the other victims in ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' fall squarely into this trope too.



* BeneathTheEarth: ''Whispers Underground'' eventually introduces us to [[spoiler:"The Quiet People"/"The Whisperers" a society of fair folk who live underground]], also there is a ''literal'' underground nightclub in an old military bunker frequented by members of London's magical society.

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* BeneathTheEarth: ''Whispers Underground'' Under Ground'' eventually introduces us to [[spoiler:"The Quiet People"/"The Whisperers" a society of fair folk who live underground]], also there is a ''literal'' underground nightclub in an old military bunker frequented by members of London's magical society.



* CatGirl: Mentioned in ''Soho'', as well as a Cat''boy'', who is more 'western', being covered in fur from (at least) the waist up, and has a decidedly feline face. The fact that they are a {{Fetish}} for some people is [[BestialityIsDepraved deconstructed]].

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* CatGirl: Mentioned in ''Soho'', ''Moon Over Soho'', as well as a Cat''boy'', who is more 'western', being covered in fur from (at least) the waist up, and has a decidedly feline face. The fact that they are a {{Fetish}} for some people is [[BestialityIsDepraved deconstructed]].



* ChekhovsGun: The ''E. coli'' outbreak from ''Whispers''.

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* ChekhovsGun: The ''E. coli'' outbreak from ''Whispers''.''Whispers Under Ground''.



** The blurb on UK version of ''Whispers Underground'' gives the impression that Agent Reynolds's "deep religious beliefs" are going to cause her to come to blows with Peter. In the book itself, her religious beliefs are mentioned twice: When she asks Peter not to take the Lord's name in vain and when, at the end, she's mentioned to have found a local evangelical family to spend Christmas with. Neither has any impact at all on the plot.

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** The blurb on UK version of ''Whispers Underground'' Under Ground'' gives the impression that Agent Reynolds's "deep religious beliefs" are going to cause her to come to blows with Peter. In the book itself, her religious beliefs are mentioned twice: When she asks Peter not to take the Lord's name in vain and when, at the end, she's mentioned to have found a local evangelical family to spend Christmas with. Neither has any impact at all on the plot.



* DebateAndSwitch: At the end of ''Soho'' [[spoiler:Simone and her sisters are revealed to be inadvertently feeding off of other people's lifeforce to stay alive. Nightingale is for summary execution as per historical treatment of similar creatures. Peter says [[InhumanableAlienRights they have rights under law]], Nightingale counters that it would blow the {{Masquerade}} wide open to go through the courts, and it looks like they have a major dilemma on their hands. Then the sisters commit suicide because they cannot live with the revelation]] solving everything neatly.

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* DebateAndSwitch: At the end of ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' [[spoiler:Simone and her sisters are revealed to be inadvertently feeding off of other people's lifeforce to stay alive. Nightingale is for summary execution as per historical treatment of similar creatures. Peter says [[InhumanableAlienRights they have rights under law]], Nightingale counters that it would blow the {{Masquerade}} wide open to go through the courts, and it looks like they have a major dilemma on their hands. Then the sisters commit suicide because they cannot live with the revelation]] solving everything neatly.



* GenderReveal: Ash Thames discovers during sex the woman he picked up in a bar in ''Soho'' is a very convincing crossdresser. It turns out not to bother him, he was having too much fun to care. Peter is more than a little discomforted by the revelation though.

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* GenderReveal: Ash Thames discovers during sex the woman he picked up in a bar in ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' is a very convincing crossdresser. It turns out not to bother him, he was having too much fun to care. Peter is more than a little discomforted by the revelation though.



** Created by Black Mag....[[InsistentTerminology Ethically Challenged Magic]] in ''Soho''.
** Zachary from ''Whispers'' is part fae (although Peter speculates that the fae are in any case an offshoot of humanity whose ancestors were permanently altered by magic).

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** Created by Black Mag....[[InsistentTerminology Ethically Challenged Magic]] in ''Soho''.
''Moon Over Soho''.
** Zachary from ''Whispers'' ''Whispers Under Ground'' is part fae (although Peter speculates that the fae are in any case an offshoot of humanity whose ancestors were permanently altered by magic).



** Peter speculates that [[spoiler:the Quiet People]] are this in ''Whispers Underground'', although the question isn't really settled.

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** Peter speculates that [[spoiler:the Quiet People]] are this in ''Whispers Underground'', Under Ground'', although the question isn't really settled.



** The chapters of ''Whispers Underground'' are all named after tube stations.

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** The chapters of ''Whispers Underground'' Under Ground'' are all named after tube stations.



* ImprovisedWeapon: The murder victim from ''Whispers'' was stabbed to death with a shard of broken plate.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: The murder victim from ''Whispers'' ''Whispers Under Ground'' was stabbed to death with a shard of broken plate.



** The unfortunate Larry The Lark, head chopped off, [[DecapitationPresentation served up]] on a silver platter at a banquet in the sixties...and still kept alive by ethically challenged magic until the conclusion of ''Soho''. Just to add to the HumiliationConga it was dressed up in a turban and used as a fortune telling machine.

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** The unfortunate Larry The Lark, head chopped off, [[DecapitationPresentation served up]] on a silver platter at a banquet in the sixties...and still kept alive by ethically challenged magic until the conclusion of ''Soho''.''Moon Over Soho''. Just to add to the HumiliationConga it was dressed up in a turban and used as a fortune telling machine.



* TheMentor: Nightingale fulfills this role to Peter. Although he verges on ObsoleteMentor a couple of times, especially when it comes to modern police methods, and this is a particular bone of contention at the end of ''Soho'' when the issue of InhumanableAlienRights and due process through the courts, versus just killing sentient non-human possible criminals comes up.

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* TheMentor: Nightingale fulfills this role to Peter. Although he verges on ObsoleteMentor a couple of times, especially when it comes to modern police methods, and this is a particular bone of contention at the end of ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' when the issue of InhumanableAlienRights and due process through the courts, versus just killing sentient non-human possible criminals comes up.



* PerceptionFilter: Possessed by the BigBad of ''Soho''.

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* PerceptionFilter: Possessed by [[spoiler:the Faceless Man. Hence the BigBad of ''Soho''.name.]]



** The BigBad of ''Soho'' tries this on Peter to force him to jump off a roof.
** Tyburn tried something similar in book one to try and force Peter to drink from her fountain to put himself in thrall to her. [[spoiler:The practice he got in then helped him resist the bad guy of ''Soho''.]]

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** The BigBad of ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' tries this on Peter to force him to jump off a roof.
** Tyburn tried something similar in book one to try and force Peter to drink from her fountain to put himself in thrall to her. [[spoiler:The practice he got in then helped him resist the bad guy of ''Soho''.''Moon Over Soho''.]]



* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The ghost of a teen who got hit while tagging the inside of a rail tunnel appears briefly in ''Whispers''.

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* RailroadTracksOfDoom: The ghost of a teen who got hit while tagging the inside of a rail tunnel appears briefly in ''Whispers''.''Whispers Under Ground''.



* RooftopConfrontation: The climax of ''Soho'' and the climax of ''Broken Homes'' both take place on different rooftops.

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* RooftopConfrontation: The climax of ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' and the climax of ''Broken Homes'' both take place on different rooftops.



** Peter quips about police having a "suspicious behavior bingo card" early in ''Whispers'', then keeps that motif going for the rest of the novel.

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** Peter quips about police having a "suspicious behavior bingo card" early in ''Whispers'', ''Whispers Under Ground'', then keeps that motif going for the rest of the novel.



** Lesley's horrific injuries at the end of ''Rivers'' do not get any better in ''Soho''. As of book 3, she's getting better at letting people see her without her mask, but things have not improved much. In ''Moon Over Soho'' Nightingale is still suffering from his wounds from the previous book too, keeping him firmly in the background and as support.

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** Lesley's horrific injuries at the end of ''Rivers'' ''Rivers of London'' do not get any better in ''Soho''.''Moon Over Soho''. As of book 3, she's getting better at letting people see her without her mask, but things have not improved much. In
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''Moon Over Soho'' Nightingale is still suffering from his wounds from the previous book too, keeping him firmly in the background and as support.



* TheStarscream: Tyburn is implied to be one of these to Mama Thames in ''Rivers'' and in ''Soho'' Nightingale confirms her status, and implies that when the inevitable clash between the two comes that it might be a good time to take a holiday on another continent.

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* TheStarscream: Tyburn is implied to be one of these to Mama Thames in ''Rivers'' ''Rivers of London'' and in ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' Nightingale confirms her status, and implies that when the inevitable clash between the two comes that it might be a good time to take a holiday on another continent.



* StrawmanFallacy: In ''Soho'' when confronted with the issue of InhumanableAlienRights, Nightingale tries to make Peter concede that he is only arguing for rights for [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman non-humans]] because the perps are attractive. Peter spots the strawman there, and says that he might not have thought to argue [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute if they were grotesque]] but that just makes him "shallow, not wrong".

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* StrawmanFallacy: In ''Soho'' ''Moon Over Soho'' when confronted with the issue of InhumanableAlienRights, Nightingale tries to make Peter concede that he is only arguing for rights for [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman non-humans]] because the perps are attractive. Peter spots the strawman there, and says that he might not have thought to argue [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute if they were grotesque]] but that just makes him "shallow, not wrong".



** In ''Rivers'', the first murder is caught on CCTV, but a key event in the lead-up to it, vital to figuring out who did it and why, occurs just outside the camera's field of view.

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** In ''Rivers'', ''Rivers of London'', the first murder is caught on CCTV, but a key event in the lead-up to it, vital to figuring out who did it and why, occurs just outside the camera's field of view.



** The fact that London's ubiquitous cameras ''didn't'' record the victim's arrival at the site of his death becomes an early clue that there are hidden passages beneath the city in ''Whispers''.

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** The fact that London's ubiquitous cameras ''didn't'' record the victim's arrival at the site of his death becomes an early clue that there are hidden passages beneath the city in ''Whispers''.''Whispers Under Ground''.



* WhamLine: The very last line of ''Soho''. [[spoiler:"Fuck me, you can do magic."]]

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* WhamLine: The very last line of ''Soho''.''Moon Over Soho''. [[spoiler:"Fuck me, you can do magic."]]



* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Whatever it was Nightingale found in that room during ''Soho'', Peter decides he really doesn't. All we know is that the people who exhume mass graves in Rwanda and Kosovo need to be called to process it and some of what they find is not dead (yet).

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* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: Whatever it was Nightingale found in that room during ''Soho'', ''Moon Over Soho'', Peter decides he really doesn't. All we know is that the people who exhume mass graves in Rwanda and Kosovo need to be called to process it and some of what they find is not dead (yet).
13th May '18 5:17:46 AM RibbonRei
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[[AC:Short stories]]

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[[AC:Short stories]]stories:]]
13th May '18 5:14:18 AM RibbonRei
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* ''[[https://twitter.com/Ben_Aaronovitch/status/801901104854343680 Lies Sleeping]]'' (working title, release date tbc)

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* ''[[https://twitter.com/Ben_Aaronovitch/status/801901104854343680 com/gollancz/status/992044383288594433 Lies Sleeping]]'' (working title, release (release date tbc)
November 2018)



* "Home Crowd Advantage"
* "The Domestic"
* "The Cockpit"
* "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Granny"
* "King of the Rats"
* "A Rare Book of Cunning Device"

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* "Home ''Home Crowd Advantage"
Advantage''
* "The Domestic"
''The Domestic''
* "The Cockpit"
''The Cockpit''
* "The ''The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Granny"
Granny''
* "King ''King of the Rats"
Rats''
* "A ''A Rare Book of Cunning Device"
Device''



* ''Cry Fox'' (November 2017)

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* ''Cry Fox'' (November 2017)
Fox''
* ''Water Weed'' (June 2018)
27th Mar '18 12:57:41 PM Discar
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* ToUnmasqueTheWorld: Getting magic out in the open and setting up a proper official system of regulating it and magical creatures is Lady Tyburn's goal. With her at the head of that system naturally. She is rather miffed when Peter starts proving an obstacle to that goal, setting up new covert arrangements and shoring up the faltering Masquerade. Ironically Peter believes in preparing for the end of the masquerade too, he just doesn't think someone as authoritarian and autocratic as Tyburn ought to be in charge of it; especially since their first interaction was Tyburn trying to mindrape him into being her servant.
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* DogFoodDiet: Referenced when Peter deduces Toby's existence from the fact that the murder victim whose cupboard full of canned dog food he's just discovered wasn't ''that'' desperate.

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* DogFoodDiet: DogFoodDiet:
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Referenced when Peter deduces Toby's existence from the fact that the murder victim whose cupboard full of canned dog food he's just discovered wasn't ''that'' desperate.
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** Returning to Skygarden to find Zach has ransacked their kitchen cupboards, Peter and Lesley accuse him of this trope. He denies that he ate Toby's canned food, but owns up to having sampled a few of the terrier's ''biscuits''.
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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The American counterpart to the Folly turns out to be one these, Alderman Technical Solutions, with a tendency not to worry about things like "jurisdiction boundaries" or "licenced to carry firearms in the middle of London".



** People whom Nightingale or Peter are telling about the supernatural for the first time promptly ask if ''aliens'' are real, too. (When Peter himself asks his new boss this, Nightingale says: "Not yet".) Played with in ''Foxglove Summer'', where Peter discovers UFO sightings in the area are actually magic, and decides to go along with the ufologists rather than try to explain to them what's ''really'' happening. He calls this "the reverse Creator/NigelKneale", as a reference to the "magic beings are actually aliens" theme in ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}''.

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** People whom Nightingale or Peter are telling about the supernatural for the first time promptly ask if ''aliens'' are real, too. (When Peter himself asks his new boss this, Nightingale says: "Not yet".) Played with in ''Foxglove Summer'', where Peter discovers UFO sightings in the area are actually magic, and decides to go along with the ufologists rather than try to explain to them what's ''really'' happening. He calls this "the reverse Creator/NigelKneale", as a reference to the "magic beings are actually aliens" theme in ''Franchise/{{Quatermass}}''. In ''The Hanging Tree'', when Agent Reynolds calls her new position "the X-Files", Peter asks ''her'' the question, and she ''also'' says "Not yet."
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* FantasticFoxes: Reynard Fossman, a redhaired hunt-saboteur, petty criminal, and skeevy creep from a family of "total Reynards" who may be descended from the original Reynard the Fox. He may or may not be a shapeshifter, but he's known to bite in combat. As far as CunningLikeAFox goes, Peter has him pegged as one of those people who's really easy to control in an interview, because however clever they are, they want you to ''see'' how clever they are.
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