The October Man

The October Man Review

Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So when a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth.

Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything.

Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men – and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history.

. . . so long as that history doesn’t kill them first.

Title:The October Man
Edition Language:English

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    The October Man Reviews

  • carol.

    Yes, I know. I hardly believe my rating either. Listening--as opposed to my usual reading speed--exposes the fact that the first four or so chapters are largely a re-explanation of things we already k...

  • carol.

    You should always realize that my ratings for Ben Aaronovitch are relative to his own works; his Peter Grant series is generally five-star in comparison to any other urban fantasy. In this novella, he...

  • Lois Bujold

    Ah, that was fun, and just the right size story for its length, a generously portioned novella.Readers of the Rivers of London series should find lots of familiar tropes in an unfamiliar setting. I ve...

  • Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!So this little gem of a novella takes place in the same world as the Rivers of London, but...

  • Bradley

    This is probably my favorite novella in the Rivers of London series. Of course, we're NOT in London. This takes place in Germany! The place where all weird things have a place and a procedure attached...

  • Faith

    The author has taken his urban fantasies to a new locale. This time the detective who searches for signs of magic at crime scenes is Tobias Winter and he’s in Germany. Unfortunately, he’s not as s...

  • lucky little cat

    If we had to have a fake (also younger and German) Peter Grant, Kinda like when Serena would visit Bewitched.Aaronovitch could at least have named him Dieter so we could remember his name easily.Too o...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/11/...With Lies Sleeping ending with the final showdown between Peter Grant and his archnemesis the Faceless Man, bringing a seven-b...

  • Lyn

    “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” – Goethe“I drank what??” – SocratesLet me just begin by saying that I’ve been anxiously awaiting any new story from Ben Aaronovitch since 2018 Lies...

  • Mimi

    IT'S GOT A COVER.from Gollanz https://www.gollancz.co.uk/2018/11/26...* * * * *4.5 starsAh, so this is what it's like to follow a magically competent police detective around on a case and not royally ...