Poison City by Paul Crilley

Don’t fear the reaper . . .’ ‘Nice song,’ mutters the dog. ‘Appropriate.’

I couldn’t resist a book that has a dog like a border terrier in it, especially one that drinks and talks. I liked the sound of the story too.

This is the story of Gideon Tao, also known as “London” and his magic spirit guide “dog” who looks a lot like a border terrier. London works for Delphic Division in Durban, South Africa. He is on a case when it takes a turn that puts him in a dilemma.

One of the suspects is the one who murdered his daughter and he means to see justice done, but what if it costs him his job or his life (or even destroys the world as we know it!).

The story is fast paced, intense and engaging. I felt like I was in Durban itself as it fell under the influence of the orisha and their plans to change the world.

There was no telegraphing of what was to come and I was ‘reading like a demon’ towards the end. I have already recommended this book to my friends and would extend that recommendation to you as you read this. Get this book and read this story. I am sure that you will enjoy it.

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

5/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service. My life revolves around two things – finding out who killed my daughter and imagining what I’m going to do to the bastard when I catch him.

I have two friends. The first is my boss, Armitage, a fifty-something DCI from Yorkshire who looks more like someone’s mother than a cop. Don’t let that fool you. The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks, he watches TV all day, and he’s a mean drunk.

Life is pretty routine – I solve crimes, I search for my daughter’s killer. Wash, rinse, repeat. Until the day I’m called out to the murder of a ramanga – a low-key vampire – basically, the tabloid journalist of the vampire world. It looks like an open and shut case. There’s even CCTV footage of the killer.

Except… the face on the CCTV footage? It’s the face of the man who killed my daughter. I’m about to face a tough choice. Catch her killer or save the world? I can’t do both.

It’s not looking good for the world.

Poison City is the first in a fantastical new series for fans of Ben Aaronovitch, Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz and Stephen King.

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