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Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler

Seventy-Seven Clocks

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If you want something a little different, beautifully written and full of surprises, then this crime series is for you. We featured the paperback of The Water Room earlier this month. They feature a couple of wonderfully cantankerous old school detectives, Bryant and May, stumbling around in a fast-moving, modern world, they are the Metâs Peculiar Crime Unit which really says it all. I think he is great.

Comparison: Colin Dexter, Robert Goddard, John Harvey

If you like Christopher Fowler you might also like to read books by Jeff Lindsay, Robert Goddard and Malcolm Pryce.


Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler

In fact, Arthur Bryant remembers very little about yesterday, but he does remember the oddest investigation of his career… It was late in 1973. As strikes and blackouts ravaged the country during Edward Heathâs ‘Winter of Discontentâ, sundry members of a wealthy, aristocratic family were being disposed of in a variety of grotesque ways – by reptile, by bomb, by haircut. As the hours of daylight diminish towards Christmas, Bryant & May, the irascible detectives of Londonâs controversial Peculiar Crimes Unit, know that time is the key – 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 London…


‘Very cleverly plotted…simultaneously scary and alluring.â
Gerald Kaufman Daily Telegraph 'Books of the Year'

‘Bawdy, unpredictable and at times hilarious, with a cast of wonderful grotesques.â

‘Madcap mystery…crazy and great fun for it.â
Los Angeles Times

‘Witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with a genuine power to thrill.'

About the Author

Christopher Fowler

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 winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library 2015.

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Publication date

1st September 2005


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Transworld Publishers Ltd




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