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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Original edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345524256
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fresh, original and a wonderful read. I loved it.”—Charlaine Harris

Midnight Riot is what would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz. It is a hilarious, keenly imagined caper.”—Diana Gabaldon

“Filled with detail and imagination . . . Aaronovitch is a name to watch.”—Peter F. Hamilton

“The perfect blend of CSI and Harry Potter.” --io9.com

“Aaronovitch has created a fun and funny character in Grant, who displays wit more than snark (a welcome attitude) and shows he can think on his feet. . . . It's a great start to what will hopefully be a long series of adventures.”--SFrevu.com

About the Author

Ben Aaronovitch was born in London in 1964 and had the kind of dull routine childhood that drives a man to drink or to science fiction. He is a screenwriter, with early notable success on BBC television’s legendary Doctor Who, for which he wrote some episodes now widely regarded as classics, and which even he is quite fond of. He has also penned several groundbreaking TV tie-in novels. After a decade of such work, he decided it was time to show the world what he could really do and embarked on his first serious original novel. The result is Midnight Riot, the debut adventure of Peter Grant.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Haxelrod on April 11 2013
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If you have read and thoroughly enjoyed "Rivers of London" then do not purchase "Midnight Riot" as it is the same book published under a different title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 22 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Midnight Riot" is the American title of the much better named "Rivers of London," by Ben Aaronovitch. We meet Peter Grant, a mixed-race police officer in London who is assigned to work with Inspector Nightingale, who is a one-man unit dedicated to investigating supernatural crimes, with which London is rife if one knows how to look. When formerly peaceable individuals suddenly start killing perfect strangers or even their own children, following which act the murderers' faces more or less turn inside out, it is up to Nightingale and Grant to discover the cause. But Grant is very new to magic and has a tremendous amount to learn before he can do his new job, and Nightingale is not the most patient of teachers.... I've read a number of "supernatural London" stories, by people like Neil Gaiman and China Mieville, and I'm happy to add Ben Aaronovitch to that list. His style is breezy verging on the sarcastic, and his characters are many and colourful, particularly the personifications of the myriad London rivers and streams, many of whom seem to be sassy young Black women and devious old Gypsy men. This is the first book in a projected series and I look forward to reading more about Peter and his mentor/boss Nightingale. Recommended - but if you find the much superior English title, "Rivers of London," I'd suggest picking that title over the clunky and not-all-that-accurate US title!
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By So, I Read This Book Today TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 25 2015
Format: Paperback
(Called "Midnight Riot" in the US)

“I gave the prescribed Metropolitan Police “first greeting”.
“Oi!” I said “What do you think you’re doing?” ― Ben Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot

“’Conflict resolution,’ said Nightingale, ‘Is this what they teach at Hendon these days?’
‘Yes, sir,’ I said. ‘But don’t worry, they also teach us how to beat people with phone books and the ten best ways to plant evidence.’” ― Ben Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot

First, I love British Urban Fantasy. It is often quirky, normally presented in a dry, witty style, and sometimes simply figuring out the language can give it a while other level of subtle humour not found in “American English” writing. I love it, and Ben Aaronovitch doesn’t disappoint with “Midnight Riot”. Of course, listening to the book rather than simply reading it added a whole other level to my enjoyment. The narration of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is everything I could have wanted and more. His delivery has the level of dry wit, spot-on delivery and subliminal snark that brings a ‘good’ book to the level of ‘brilliant’.

Peter Grant is a London ‘copper’ – just off his two year probationary period as a constable, his lack of ability to actually pay attention to what is going on around him has him scheduled for – basically a fancied up secretary. But one cold night on a scene watch under the West Portico of St. Paul’s at Covent Garden, Peter meets an odd little man in an Edwardian smoking jacket: “…don’t ask me why I know what an Edwardian smoking jacket looks like: let’s just say it has something to do with Doctor Who and leave it at that.” That in itself is weird enough. But the fact that he is a ghost is just a tad over the top, even for a Londoner.
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