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Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
Cover Artist: Wes Youssi / M80 Design
Review by Drew Bittner
Del Rey Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345524591
Date: 22 February 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Author's Blog / Show Article /

Constable Peter Grant is back, in his second adventure. When jazz musicians start turning up dead, in the most horrible ways, this looks like a case for Grant, apprentice wizard and rookie police officer.

From official release/information:

Book Description: I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn't the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn't trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus' ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens' portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives. And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard 'Lord' Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That's the thing about policing: most of the time you;re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you're doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you're doing it for revenge.

(Source: Del Rey)

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