I picked up London Falling with a little bit of trepidation, as it appeared to be yet another urban fantasy novel set in London, featuring the police, but the fact that it was written by Paul Cornell, one of my favourite writers from the Doctor Who New Adventures back in the nineties that made we want to try this book to see if it could try and tread different ground to say Christopher Fowler’s PCU novels or Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series.
I am really pleased to say that, although it does have a lot of similarities, that there are enough differences to make you think that it is just the same old stuff, but written by a different writer.
It is a bit like the difference between Dixon of Dock Green and Z Cars and between Z Cars and the Sweeney, same sort of stuff but with idiosyncrasies of their own which make each series unique from the other.
This is a much darker world than that of Aaronovitch’s, and the regular characters are much more morally ambiguous, but they aren’t as likable as those characters, but this is just the first of hopefully many others so perhaps the characters will grow on me eventually.
This certainly had an interesting plot and I particularly enjoyed all the stuff about football and look forward to reading further adventures featuring these interesting characters.