The Furthest Station: A PC Grant Novella Hardcover – 28 September 2017
A brand new novella in the PC Grant series!
There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call.
It's PC Peter Grant's speciality . . .
Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow up interviews rather difficult.
So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition.
Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.
The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight. ― CRIME REVIEW
The Hanging Tree is definitely one of the best in the Grant/Aaronovitch pantheon. There again, so have most of the previous books in the series and the odds are the next one probably will be too. -- The Bookbag Published On: 2016-12-07
Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural. As for Grant, he's a wonderful blend of laconic copper and, methodically researching how magic works, full-on nerd. -- Crime Scene Published On: 2016-12-01
This series is brilliant! -- Teen Librarian Published On: 2016-11-14
About the Author
- Publisher : Gollancz (28 September 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473222427
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473222427
- Dimensions : 13.6 x 1.5 x 20.4 cm
- Customer reviews:
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There should be miles of storyline left in this creation, Ben Aaronovitch's world is wonderful, it's full of Wizards, demigods, monsters and Mr Punch! And I just have to know how Leslie is and if she's secretly a goody after all (with a lovely bum). This world is full enough to create a Discworld of stories, but a few comics and a 4 hour throwaway won't get us there. Sorry Ben, I love you, I got the book on the day it came out and then on my Audible day I got the audio version too (I flippin' love Cobna, what a star, when this goes to TV they have to let him play Peter), but I'm very annoyed and want a proper story please!
He kind of starts well, the likeable style is still there, but then just like a bad date it's a rush to the ending, skipping any development and climaxing too early without really exploring any of the avenues introduced earlier on and not bringing the other party along too. You finish this book and are just left thinking, "Was that it? So soon? So unsatisfying, I was expecting more..."
In a few cases it feels you wonder why he mentioned parts of the narrative at all. It's difficult to elaborate without quoting from the book, and there is so little of it any spoiler would be unkind. Suffice to say he kind of dangles a few carrots then just ignores them, and you wonder what the point of those was. He did the same thing with not following plot-lines in FoxGlove summer, but not to this extent.
Is he just drifting not knowing where to take things? I wonder whether he needs to sit down for a while and work out the narrative arc for where he wants to take everything in the long run and then work out which book needs what in it to actually deliver through. Then with that in front of him he needs to work on broadening the plot and really filling out the ending to something more special and satisfying.
Mr A if you read this can I suggest it's about getting the reader hooked and immersed and taking them on a captivating journey with you to the finale. More depth, more detail and a few twists along the way if you please - take more time, explore the avenues you hint at. Like you used to.
We love your novels - they are brilliant. But this is not a novel but a short story, all the usual characters but none of the impact or excitement of the other books. Now I would have given it One star except I travel into work on the Met line and so it was a lovely addition to my commute hence the Two stars. However for those who are not familiar with the wonders of the Met line then it is a rather dull read. So focus on the novels and we are happy to wait for the then - as we now quality takes time.