I generally don't like urban fantasy or first person narration, but this was recommended by NPR and sounded like it might be fun, so I tried it. It was definitely worth reading past the sample. Suspenseful, but not quite 3 in the morning. Enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me frequently surprised.
One of the things I think that made it acceptable to me is that the police were in on it. Most of them know that magic exists and causes problems and they conspire with the wizards to keep the public unaware.
The narrator is a rookie cop in London standing guard duty at a crime scene when suddenly a ghost confronts him with information about the crime. Soon he discovers that he himself has magical powers and he becomes part of a magical crime fighting unit in the Metropolitan Police. And he has to learn fast because someone, or something, is not just killing people, but causing their faces to melt off.
If you're willing to suspend disbelief for a short while, this is an enjoyable read.Review 6/28/2011