Whispers Under Ground (Peter Grant Series #3)

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It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher?and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom?if it exists at all?is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the...
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Overview

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher—and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom—if it exists at all—is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as "the Faceless Man," it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and—as of now—deadliest subway system in the world.

At least he won't be alone. No, the FBI has sent over a crack agent to help. She's young, ambitious, beautiful . . . and a born-again Christian apt to view any magic as the work of the devil. Oh yeah—that's going to go well.

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"This fast, engrossing novel is enjoyable, cheerful, and accessible to new [fans]." —-Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452610092
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: Peter Grant Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben Aaronovitch, a London-born writer who has worked on television series, is the author of Midnight Riot, Moon Over Soho, and Whispers Under Ground.

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is a Ghanaian-born, British actor who has appeared on stage, film, and television, including Little Britain and Sirens. His audiobook narrations include Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds and The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna.

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Interviews & Essays

I've always supplemented my nutritious and tasty science fiction and fantasy reading with a healthy dose of crime, and ever since I can remember I've always rooted for the detectives. For me Clarice Starling was the star of Silence of the Lambs, not Hannibal Lector, and while I find the antics of Elmore Leonard's myriad lowlifes amusing I always hanker for the moment when the heavy hand of the law lands on their shoulder and the cuffs go on. In short, my subgenre of choice is what's known as the police procedural, or as the French call it, le policier.

The undisputed king of American procedurals is Evan Hunter, writing under the name of Ed McBain. If you wanted to know the single biggest influence on the Peter Grant books (Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho, with a third coming this fall), it would be his 87th Precinct novels, which started with Cop Hater in 1956 and continued until Hunter's death in 2005. I challenge anyone to find a fantasy world as lovingly and meticulously created as the unnamed imaginary city in which the 87th Precinct novels take place, and certainly no braver heroes in song and story than the working stiffs who solve the mysteries.

One thing I always remember about the novels is that they contain official-looking forms and interrogation transcripts illustrating police procedure. Under this influence I went forth and delved into the arcane and Byzantine world of London's Metropolitan Police Service, with its AWARE terminals and HOLMES 2 computer systems, the HAT car, MISPERs, FATACs, and every copper's friend, the Evidence and Action Book, which contains all the forms you absolutely have to have filled in before you can book your suspect into the custody suite – even if they're a werewolf.

The 87th Precinct series is also why Peter Grant isn't "the chosen one" or the uniquely gifted child of two warring races, it's why he doesn't have a Maori tattoo and why he carries a standard Metropolitan Police extendable baton, not a katana. It's why he's a hardworking flat-foot who sometimes is deadly afraid when he walks down those mean streets, and yet still does his duty because it's his job and he swore an oath.

I like to think that Detective 2nd Grade Steve Carella and the rest of the boys in the bullpen back at the old 87th would have approved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Another great book

    This book was every bit as good as the first two in this series. The world building is done so well that I felt like I was in London (I was actually really squicked out by the sewer scenes because it was so enveloping). The characters are so engaging and the plot is excellent. This is Urban Fantasy at its finest. I can't wait for more adventures with Peter especially to see how his "talent" grows with Nightengale's guidance. Thanks Mr Aaronovitch for the ride. I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Peter Grant is a London Policeman whose Mum from West Africa cho

    Peter Grant is a London Policeman whose Mum from West Africa chooses to call "witchfinder." according to Chapter 1. We are introduced to characters with the variable manifestations of spirits, goblins, fairies and animating principes, and hard-boiled Constable Inspectors.

    In the novel Whispers Underground, the mystery's bohemian and captivating characters are noted and explained by Peter Grant, Detective Constable. Finally, he must return back to the depths underground to solve a murder of a young man discovered dead on a subway platform near Ladbroke Grove. A witty mystery with a vivid set of characters from many walks of life, with dazzling turns as Peter Grant gets pulled into seeking out a murder weapon that is an artifact of a hidden culture with a unique magical signature. Highly Entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    Another winner in this series!

    Are you a closet Harry Potter fan? Did you secretly read the books when your children did? Or maybe you don't have children and read them anyway.

    Welcome to the world of Peter Grant. In this, the much awaited third book in the series, Peter and his friends once again tread lightly between the cops and robbers of London and the supernatural. The author propels the reader through the pages with humor, and more twists than a bag of pretzels.

    This is by no means a series for children, some of the situations are definitely adult.

    This is a series that just HAS to continue. Don't take so long next time, Ben!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Best yet

    I read this book over a couple of days and when done I was hungry for more. Ben writes great stories and they are very entertaining to read.

    I cant wait till his next book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Skadi

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    Posted April 18, 2014

    Yellow

    I come forth to end this.

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    Posted April 17, 2014

    Chartreuse

    "I still like Chartreuse, but I'll switch if you want War."

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    Rebecca

    The book is called alice's adventure...

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    Posted April 19, 2014

    Scott

    (You're not my master, you can't determine my fate. Besides, I got to go. I got company ant my house.)

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    Posted April 17, 2014

    Andrew

    Follows.

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    Posted April 19, 2014

    THIS RP IS MOVING

    To 'down below'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Grace

    *smiles*

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    Posted September 29, 2012

    Jonathan

    Yes. Lancelot has Arondight. Percival has Joyeus and gawain has Drendal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    fun read

    The third book in a fun, highly imaginative series.

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