I think it's by Neil Gaiman? I read it awhile ago and kept meaning to recommend it here, but finally had to ask my son the title again. It's a really unusual tale of a fellow living a rather dull life. One evening he meets a young woman in need of help, and soon he finds himself in an underworld where he must learn to be fast and clever (at the least!) to survive. It's full of twists and turns, really takes your imagination on a roller-coaster ride. I want to say it takes place in London but not positive. If you want an unusual read, this would fill the bill.
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