Poison City

Poison City 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 o

  • Title: Poison City
  • Author: Paul Crilley
  • ISBN: 9781473631588
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 fromThe 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 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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    • Mandy says:

      Poison CityWTF did I just read!Gideon Tau, an occult investigator and his alcoholic, talking dog spirit guide, in a story with every kind of supernatural being you have ever heard of and many you haven't while he tries to find out who killed his daughter and stay alive.It's some kind of f***ed up, bloody, paranormal Tarantino film and I loved it.* I received a free copy in a giveaway *

    • Drew says:

      As always me fellow Goodreaders, this review is also available on my blog for your perusal at TheTattooedBookGeek.wordpress4.5 stars!I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Poison City is the first book in Paul Crilley's new urban fantasy series of books. Focusing on Gideon Tau (nickname - London Town as he's British and Tau sounds like town), his spirit guide 'the dog' and his boss Armitage and set in South Africa, Durban to be precise - th [...]

    • Liz Barnsley says:

      Poison City is adorable…Oh who am I kidding? Poison City is fricking nuts, completely utterly beautifully crazy. With dog.I loved every minute of it. Urban fantasy at its brilliant best with a banging addictive story, characters to die for and thought provoking, intensely insightful glances at human nature in all its terrible glory. With vampires.This is like Urban Fantasy Noir – its kind of like one of those old school detective stories, where the bars are smoky, the conversation is peppere [...]

    • Laura says:

      If, like me, you are itching for the next Peter Grant book, I recommend Poison City as the perfect salve. Gideon Tau is a member of Delphic, the division of South Africa’s occult police force charged with the thankless task of bringing a bit of law and order to the gods, demons, vampires and fae who flock to Durban from across Africa and the world. Tau is a wise-cracking, hard drinking British transplant who, along with his sidekick ‘Dog’, gets intimately involved with a criminal plot whic [...]

    • Heather Duff says:

      Any book that features a talking, bitching, wise ass, slightly magical drunk dog will automatically get upon my reading list, I mean what is not to love? In fact I would go as far to say as the dog needs a spin off series. He is awesome.Anyway its not all dog related, he has of course an owner/partner/skivvy, Gideon Tau. A policeman who has upped sticks from London town (London is also his nickname) to South Africa, Durban to be exact. He is not a run of the mill copper, he works for the Delphic [...]

    • Kaitlin says:

      * I was sent this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *This is an urban fantasy book, and let me start out by saying that urban fantasy is often a genre that I don't tend to love as much as high/epic fantasy (hence the slightly lower rating). This book is slightly different from the 'average' urban fantasy in that it's set in South Africa. I liked that it wasn't the typical set up, and there were a few moments in the book where I felt as though I enjoyed seeing that [...]

    • Lynn Williams says:

      lynns-books/2016/08/15/poPoison City is the first in a new Urban Fantasy series by Paul Crilley set in South Africa. The main protagonist, one Gideon Tau (nicknamed London Town) works for the Delphic Division of the South African police force. The Delphic Division keep all the supernaturals in the City from misbehaving and given the number of other worldly critters out there it isn’t an easy job! At the start of the story London is about to investigate the death of a ramanga who died a most vi [...]

    • Adam Blond says:

      I loved this book. Supplied as an advance copy from my wife's book shop. The first time I have given 5 stars on good read. I don't like to give spoilers so I stay away from plots in reviews. The book is set in South Africa (I've never been) so the cities and areas covered do have a real basis as do some of the local practices. The book is definitely for adults. There are some disturbing scenes where humans show their worst and best traits. Great writing style. Great characters human and non-huma [...]

    • Roy says:

      Great fun!! Definitely worth the time. Chatacters are hilarious and setting although a little familiar with other urban fantasy settings, is a blast. Hopefullly a 2nd book on the way.

    • Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon) says:

      I have two friends in my life. The first is my boss, []The second is the dog, my magical spirit guide. He talks. He watches TV all day. He's an alcoholic. And he's a mean drunk.

    • Toni says:

      I'm really not sure what to make of this book. It started out with strong flavours of Men In Black (complete with a sarcastic, talking dog) but it quickly morphed into a social commentary on the evils of human nature, before finishing spectacularly with a twist on the biblical apocolypse. It was certainly thought provoking. The lead character Gideon Tau was so, well, human. I do think that the dog could have played a much stronger part in the story. But of course there will be a follow-on so may [...]

    • Margaret says:

      I have to say up front that I liked this story. I just had to suspend belief and let myself be drawn into the plot. From it's promo it was probably not a book I would have chosen to read and I was surprised that I liked it so much. Fun if you are into the supernatural.

    • Dave says:

      Fancy, funny, dark and with a brilliant cast of characters. Gideon Tau is one to watch. Imagine Paul Cornell and Ben Aaronovitch got together with Lauren Beukes and you're on the right track.

    • Penelope says:

      Perhaps I've just read too many supernatural crime novels but I really didn't feel this brought anything new to the party. It's not a bad book, it's well written, the characters are interesting, the South African setting and Gods are a bit different and if you enjoy Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher you will most probably really enjoy it, but I can't say I'm desperate to read the next in the series.

    • Pål says:

      Finally a crime novel I am able to enjoy. Far away from the traditional ones, of course, with magic and mythological creatures being the main elements. Crilley writes good in his first adult novel, and the book does not have any boring segment. But he should really find some other words to use instead of "frown" when describing people/creatures and their reactions.

    • Sergio Pereira says:

      Loved it. The story is engaging, funny, and entertaining. Highly recommended.

    • Paul says:

      Gideon ‘London’ Tau is about as burnt out an occult investigator as you are ever likely to meet. A personal trauma has left him alone and angry at the world. The only thing that keeps him going is the thought of revenge against those who caused him pain. Unbeknownst to the vast majority of humanity, supernatural entities are real and it is up to Tau and his colleagues to keep their little corner of Africa safe from harm. I warmed to Gideon Tau immediately. You can’t beat a down at heel her [...]

    • Ola says:

      Do you like books that involve:crime?mystery?fantasy?magic? (+ Harry Potter references in jokes!)vampires, angels, faeries and all the possible fantasy characters out there?talking dogs?bad-ass fighting scenes?sarcastic sidekicks?British characters with undeniably British humor?If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions (or better- to all of them) you are in luck! Because this book has it all and more! I enjoyed it so much that I don't know if I'll be able to write it all down. This book made [...]

    • Breige says:

      Gideon Tau (better known as London Town to his colleagues) works in the occult investigative unit in the South African police force called the Delphic Division. Since his daughter was kidnapped and murdered, his life has fallen to pieces. His girlfriend has left him, all he does is work, drink and obsess about who killed his daughter Cally. He has two friends left: his fifty-something year old boss Armitage, another UK ex-pat from Yorkshire, and his spirit guide, a talking dog who loves to watch [...]

    • Eva says:

      3.25 starsI won this book in a Giveaway and I was pretty excited to read it since Urban Fantasy is a genre that I tend to like.However, urban fantasy is one of the genre that often gets an average of 3.5 stars from me. In short, good but not great. Alas, the same went for this book. I loved the start, we have a pretty peculiar African settings, a mean and talking dog and a protagonist that does not walk away from a good fight. There were a lot of different creatures from all kinds of religions [...]

    • Nick Brett says:

      I really enjoyed this, a dark urban fantasy set in South Africa. The location is slightly irrelevant so don’t let it put you off. The world presented to us has a strong element of non-human beings at a number of levels from low level daemons to Gods and Angels. The majority of the population are unaware of the “other side” but the authorities are aware and have a specialist Police Unit that deal with related crimes and issues.Our hero of the story is a man with an agenda and has the ‘hel [...]

    • Emma says:

      Coarse, violent and far fetched, this is urban fantasy at its most fun and exhilarating. This monster filled romp set in South Africa chronicles the hap hazard life of Gideon Tau, a reckless detective working for a not so discreet branch of peace keepers (armed with bullets made of poo, hand grenades and magic wands), as he is thrust into a conspiracy held by those at the highest levels of government and by the glorious heavens themselves. A conspiracy riddled with a multitude of devious sins an [...]

    • Geraldine Redfern says:

      Four and a half stars2016 has been the year that I have really delved into fantasy. I guess with all the shit going on this year, worlds where magic exist have been a very pleasant diversion. This book is everything I love about fantasy. Mythical beings, lots of magic, fast paced action, talking dogs and the fight between good and evil.I loved all the references to other fantasy worlds. They were amusing and showed a real depth of knowledge and appreciation of the genre. The quote from The Fifth [...]

    • Claire says:

      A good detective mystery with supernatural elements. Fans of the Peter Grant series should definitely check this out. 4/5 stars.This review was originally posted on my book blog.This reminded me a lot of the Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. You’d just need to age Peter 20 years, give him some tragic life experience, transfer him to South Africa and make him work for a larger law enforcement unit with a cool secret base of operations and far more resources… Well, anyway… you’ll just [...]

    • Rebecca Bufton says:

      A giveaway winPoison City by Paul Crilley is a really good read, I enjoyed it a lot. I found it easy to read & get into, I loved the story, it full of action, magic, angels, vampires, it kept me hooked right to the end. There is a lot packed into this book, it doesn't get boring at all. I found that once I had started reading it was difficult to stop as I was compelled to read more. absolutely brilliant book. love it

    • PamelaTickner says:

      A bit like reading a dragons and dungeons story . an alternate world of 'night' creatures that break their pact and start killing 'day' people. A fun read. Detectives that can cross over to the spirit world, a wise cracking talking dog, and plenty of murders to keep everyone busy.

    • David Hunt says:

      I absolutely loved this book. Part Butcher part Beukes. All magic.

    • Heather Iveson says:

      Damn, that was a good read. There has been some fantastic dark modern fantasy coming out of South Africa in the last few years. Do recommend.

    • Verushka says:

      What is this about?: Gideon Tau's search for his daughter's kill in Durban, South Africa. It just so happens to involve the supernatural, physical manifestations of the city, vampires, angels and one very pissed boss. It's funny, exciting and heartbreaking too by the ending.What else is this about?: It's the first in a series, so it deftly sets up the world and London's character within it. Excellent worldbuilding does not falter even as Crilley delves into London, Dog and his Armitage.Poison Ci [...]

    • Miriam Joy says:

      Well, this was violent. I picked this book up because I requested the sequel from NetGalley without realising it wasn't the first book, and after realising my mistake, figured I should probably read this one first so that I can give the other one a fair review. Of course, the danger there is always that I'll dislike the first one and have committed myself to the second one, but fortunately I didn't exactly dislike this one. I wouldn't entirely say I liked it, though. It was well-written, that's [...]

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