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The new Rivers Of Lon­don novel is here but Ben

Aaronovitch’s lips are sealed. Well, more or less...

“i’m find­ing it hard not to tell peo­ple about it,” says Ben Aaronovitch about his new novel. “Most of my books are not nor­mally very spoil­ery but this one is re­ally spoil­ery, and I’m find­ing it hard to keep my mouth shut about it!”

Aaronovitch will at least ad­mit that Lies Sleep­ing is the cul­mi­na­tion of nu­mer­ous plot threads from the pre­vi­ous six in­stal­ments in his Rivers Of Lon­don se­ries, although he won’t spec­ify “what plot lines come to a halt as that would give you a clue as to what’s go­ing to hap­pen in the book”.

Cen­tring around the now DC Peter Grant’s fi­nal con­fronta­tion with his dead­li­est ad­ver­sary, Martin Chor­ley, aka The Face­less Man, Lies Sleep­ing opens with a ter­ri­fy­ing fam­ily siege, and never lets up from there. “It’s one of the most ridicu­lously fast-paced books I’ve ever writ­ten,” laughs Aaronovitch. “Even I was like, ‘Woah, slow down!’” While he ad­mits, “I like ti­tles with mul­ti­ple mean­ings, and I’m par­tic­u­larly pleased with this one,” Aaronovitch re­fuses to elab­o­rate on the sig­nif­i­cance of the book’s name. “It has sev­eral mean­ings, although I can’t tell you ex­actly what they are,” he says, point­ing out that some hints can be gar­nered from the maps of Lon­don on the book’s clev­erly de­signed cover. “Some­times what we put on there is ac­cu­rate and some­times it’s not. We also throw in red her­rings, and there are red her­rings in the books as well.”

Along with the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Aaronovitch vis­ited the newly re­opened Lon­don Mithraeum in the City of Lon­don as part of his ex­ten­sive re­search. “It does play a role in the book,” he teases. “I like to think of it as the Tem­ple of Bac­chus be­cause I pre­fer Bac­chus to Mithras, who was a bit of a sour-faced mys­tery cult kind of guy, as like Bac­chus I’m more into drink­ing wine per­son­ally.” SJ

Lies Sleep­ing is out on 15 No­vem­ber.

What other tasty morsels lie within this nog­gin?

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