Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This is the first book in the "Rivers of London" series, and based on this one, I have no desire to dive into any of the others. I supposed you could summarize it as "Harry Potter grows up and becomes an irritating, sexist London constable," but that would create a far better main character than this smarmy little twit.
(I do not like Peter Grant. Can I repeat how much I do not like Peter Grant?)
Having said that, what good exists in this book is the secondary characters (especially Peter's boss, the wizard Thomas Nightingale, who I really wish this book had focused on), the worldbuilding, and the city of London itself. London and its culture was as much a protagonist as Peter Grant, and a far more interesting one. There was a competent murder mystery/police procedural at this book's heart, if the damned main character would just get out of the way.
Bah. Fortunately, it didn't take me long to read this book, as that's a few days of my life I'll never get back.
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