Cover & Synopsis: “The Severed Streets” by Paul Cornell

While you are still marveling over Paul Cornell’s London Falling, the ever-vigilant Rising Shadow is tracking the sequel. Behold, the cover and synopsis of the upcoming (as in April 2014) novel The Severed Streets by Paul Cornell!

Here’s the synopsis:

The chilling sequel to London Falling

Desperate to find a case to justify the team’s existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he’s struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn’t seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message… identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.

The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he’s only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or ‘the funny people’ as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern.

Meanwhile, the Ripper keeps on killing and finally the pattern of those killings gives Quill’s team clues towards who’s really doing this…

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition (April 15, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0765330288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765330284