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The Severed Streets
by Paul Cornell


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Desperate to find a case to justify the team's existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he's struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn't seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message...identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Desperate to find a case to justify the team's existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he's struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn't seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message...identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.

The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he's only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or 'the funny people' as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern.

Meanwhile, in Paul Cornell's "The Severed Streets," the Ripper keeps on killing and finally the pattern of those killings gives Quill's team clues towards who's really doing this....

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780765330284
  • ISBN-10: 0765330288
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 401
  • Dimensions: 9.45 x 6.9 x 1.36 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.32 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

Cornell follows London Falling with new personal, political, and procedural adventures for Det. Insp. James Quill and his three Sight-gifted colleagues. The team is being strangled by austerity measures and a mission that’s difficult to justify to superiors who don’t know about or believe in magic. This fast-paced thrill ride doesn’t skimp on the grit and gore as a Jack the Ripper copycat—whom only the Sighted can see—begins targeting London’s rich and powerful white men. Cornell doesn’t sidestep personal drama, either, as the investigators pursue disparate and sometimes conflicting personal goals, both in and out of the “other” world, sacrificing much in the process. Although there are some gimmicky side plots that draw attention and pages away from the main focus, the team’s continued struggle to understand the dark and terrifying side of London is gripping. This book is a strong follow-up, a good standalone story, and an excellent read for fans of dark urban fantasy. (May)

 
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