THE SEVERED STREETS
Using a politically charged London as a backdrop, Cornell puts a clever, subversive twist on a Jack-the-Ripper-esque murder case. This supernatural serial killer doesn’t target vulnerable women — he’s strictly into killing powerful white men. Bringing back the fascinating cast of London Falling — detectives Quill, Sefton, Costain and intelligence analyst Ross — The Severed Streets is part thrilling-as-hell spook story and part meditation on guilt, loss and trust. And I can admit it: I swoon just a little over our compelling, three-dimensional angsty heroine Lisa Ross.
James Quill and his investigative squad are getting a handle on the Sight, the ability to see the otherworldly creatures that populate London. Their latest case concerns an “impossible” killer who seems able to walk through locked car doors and into homes to disembowel his prey: white men in relative positions of power. The team searches for a link with a little help from their mysterious superior, Rebecca Lofthouse. Meanwhile, investigators Costain and Ross build an uneasy trust as both pursue similar agendas: Ross will do anything to spring her dead father from Hell and Costain will do anything to make sure he doesn’t end up there. (TOR, May, 416 pp., $26.99)