The Hanging Tree

, #6

387 pages

English language

Published Nov. 3, 2016

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4 stars (4 reviews)

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

He's been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week . . .

3 editions

reviewed The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London, #6)

Review of 'The Hanging Tree' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

Another really solid addition to the Rivers of London series with a healthy pile of well written magical shootouts thrown into a tightly plotted police investigation thriller. I’m still loving the wry first person narration and all of his nerdy cultural references. All of the characters are great.

Huge turning point in The Faceless Man Saga

5 stars

Spoiler Alert: The identity of The Faceless Man is revealed in this chapter, and it’s awesome!

It’s interesting to me that where these books begin and where they end are such different places. Peter starts this adventure with the investigation of a drug overdose; his investigation spurred by Lady Ty, whose daughter was witness to and possibly involved in the overdose.

We end with the reveal of The Faceless Man’s identity and a couple of epic battles, one mostly “off-camera” between Nightingale and said Faceless Man, the other involving Peter, Leslie, and the Faceless Man.

I love the introduction of the new magical factions, the witches and the Virginia Gentlemen, and I look forward to their involvement in future novels. And, I’m very interested to know why we have the return of the ghost?, Mr. Punch.

This is clearly a turning point in the story of The Faceless Man and …

reviewed The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London, #6)

Review of 'The Hanging Tree' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It seems that every other book finds us returning to the overlying story arc of the Faceless Man against the Folly. The books that don't deal with him tend to not interest me as much, and so I was heartened by a return to it. In fact, this time we actually find out who the Faceless Man is, in a plot that initially centers on a drug-related death of a posh teenager that somehow involves the posh teenage daughter of super-posh Lady Tyburn, one of the river goddesses of London.

The case itself is not super-exciting, but I like the revelations that we receive, and this feeling how all the things from the all previous books are coming together. The Peter Grant books and The Checquy Files continue to be my absolutely favorite urban-fantasy series.