Lies Sleeping

19 Nov

I have been waiting with fluctuating levels of patience for “Lies Sleeping”, the latest in the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, to drop. It was worth the wait.

In “The Hanging Tree” we learned the identity of the rogue wizard known as the Faceless Man whom former PC Lesley May had gone to work for. In “Lies Sleeping” we learn why Lesley defected to the Dark Side, so to speak, and it’s not pretty.

Since learning the identity of the Faceless Man, several things have happened. PC Peter Grant is now DC (Detective Constable), and DC Sahra Guleed is now DS (Detective Sergeant). All the police operations from the previous books have been amalgamated into one operation under the joint heads of Thomas Nightingale and Alexander Seawoll. The task is to find the (former) Faceless Man and stop him. Not an easy task once it becomes apparent that FM has something big, and nasty, planned. Peter has to make an unlikely alliance…with the revenant that started it all way back in book 1 – Mr Punch.

“Lies Sleeping” ties up a lot of loose ends from the earlier books, but not all of them, and it sets the scene for the series to go in new directions. Which, since Ben has said he will be writing Rivers of London until he dies, could be almost anywhere.

We meet some new characters, several of which I hope stick around for further books. And we finally learn once and for all exactly what Molly is.

The sly tips of the hat to popular culture continue. On one page alone is both an Asterix reference AND a Terry Pratchett reference.

I am going to state that this is THE best book I have read all year.

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2 Responses to “Lies Sleeping”

  1. Reading in Bed November 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm #

    I’ve just finished this book and loved it. Great to read your views! Ben Aaronovitch has created a great mix of fantasy references and serious ‘real life’ topics

    Liked by 1 person

  2. margysmusings December 11, 2018 at 3:17 am #

    I love the blend of fantasy, police procedural and London history that make up the books.

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