|'The Twilight Streets'
by Gary Russell
There’s a part of the city that no one much goes to, a collection of rundown old houses and gloomy streets. No one stays there long, and no one can explain why – something’s not quite right there.
Now the Council is renovating the district, and a new company is overseeing the work. There will be street parties and events to show off the newly gentrified neighbourhood: clowns and face-painters for the kids, magicians for the adults – the street entertainers of Cardiff, out in force.
None of this is Torchwood’s problem. Until Toshiko recognises the sponsor of the street parties: Bilis Manger.
Now there is something for Torchwood to investigate. But Captain Jack Harkness has never been able to get into the area; it makes him physically ill to go near it. Without Jack’s help, Torchwood must face the darker side of urban Cardiff alone…
*Featuring Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper and Ianto Jones
*A BBC Books 'Torchwood' novel
*Time-placing: Gwen and Rhys are still planning their wedding; Jack recalls the space whale seen in 'Meat', so I'm placing this just after that particular episode