In fact, Arthur Bryant remembers very little about yesterday, but he does remember the oddest investigation of his careerâ€¦ It was late in 1973. As strikes and blackouts ravaged the country during Edward Heathâ€™s â€˜Winter of Discontentâ€™, sundry members of a wealthy, aristocratic family were being disposed of in a variety of grotesque ways â€“ by reptile, by bomb, by haircut. As the hours of daylight diminish towards Christmas, Bryant & May, the irascible detectives of Londonâ€™s controversial Peculiar Crimes Unit, know that time is the key â€“ and time is running out for both the family and the police. Their investigations lead them into a hidden world of class conflict, craftsmanship and the secret loyalties of big business. But what have seventy seven ticking clocks to do with it?
Now the full story can at last be revealed, in this most eerie of adventures that features Arthur Bryant at his rudest, John May at his most exasperated and a gallery of colourful, bizarre characters who could only make their home in a city like Londonâ€¦
Closing date: 06/09/2018
â€˜Very cleverly plottedâ€¦simultaneously scary and alluring.â€™
Gerald Kaufman Daily Telegraph 'Books of the Year'
â€˜Bawdy, unpredictable and at times hilarious, with a cast of wonderful grotesques.â€™
â€˜Madcap mysteryâ€¦crazy and great fun for it.â€™
Los Angeles Times
â€˜Witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with a genuine power to thrill.'
Publication date: 01/09/2005
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||1st September 2005|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites,|
Christopher Fowler is the award-winning author of over thirty novels and twelve short story collections, and the Bryant & May mystery novels, which record the adventures of two Golden Age detectives investigating impossible London crimes. His latest books are the sinister comedy-thriller ‘Plastic’, the memoir ‘Film Freak’ and the haunted-house novel ‘Nyctophobia’. Other work includes the ‘War of the Worlds’ videogame, a graphic novel and a Hammer horror radio play. He has a weekly column in The Independent On Sunday. He spends his time between London and Barcelona.. Christopher Fowler was the ...More About Christopher Fowler