Have you ever wondered what would happen if the Metropolitan Police had to deal with the supernatural? Well, now your pondering has come to fruition. Aaronovitch manages to combine the reality of being a Police officer in modern-day London with some rather ghostly happenings.
Junior Constable Peter Grant is guarding a crime scene in the early hours of the morning when he finds a witness to the crime. There's just one little problem. His witness is a ghost, and his story doesn't make any sense. Read on a few pages and you'll be hooked on the mystery of how on earth someone can manage to knock someones head clean off.
If you thought that this was just another Harry Potter, think again. Whilst this is admittedly set in a real world where magic is hidden away from the public and the main character does become a wizard (well, an apprentice), it is definitely an adult book. Sexuality and goriness are rife here, and there is even a bit of explanation to the magic.
This book is for people who love the sci-fi and fantasy genres, but yearn for something witty and (fairly) realistic. But really, I think anyone could read it.
I don't think I could have asked for a more entertaining read.
PS: Look out for the sequel: Moon Over Soho