A brand new stand-alone novella in the bestselling RIVERS OF LONDON series!If you thought magic was confined to one country . . . think again.
Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.
Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.
Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men - and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history.
. . . so long as that history doesn't kill them first.
'The Rivers of London series is an ever-evolving delight' CRIME REVIEW
'Ben Aaronovitch is a master of metropolitan magical mayhem' STARBURST
'Aaronovitch deftly balances urban fantasy with the police procedural' CRIME SCENE
'Once you start, you'll find a London that's just dying to be explored' DEN OF GEEK
Highly entertaining - Sunday Express
Funny and wildly inventive - Mail on Sunday
Masterfully crafted ... gives the late, great Terry Pratchett a run for his money - The Sun
Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there even more than the real London - Nick Frost
Charming, witty, exciting - Independent
An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups - The Times
Before becoming a bestselling author, Ben Aaronovitch was a screenwriter for Doctor Who and a bookseller at Waterstones. He now writes full time, and every book in his Rivers of London series has been a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller. He is published in 14 languages and has sold more than 2 million copies around the world. Aaronovitch is also a trustee on the board of Cityread London and is a long-time supporter of Nigeria's premiere arts and cultural festival, The Ake Festival. He still lives in London, the city he likes to refer to as 'the capital of the world'.