Bryant & May on the Loose
A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
By Christopher Fowler
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553386516, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
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The Peculiar Crimes Unit is no more—disbanded, finished, kaput. After years of defying the odds and infuriating their superiors, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May have finally crossed the line. While Bryant takes to his bed, his bathrobe, and his esoteric books, the rest of the team takes to the streets looking for new careers—until one of them stumbles upon a gruesome murder.
Now the Unit is back for an encore performance—in a rented office with no computer network, no legal authority, and a broken toilet. They’ve got until the end of the week to solve a mystery with links to gangland crime, the 2012 London Olympics, and a half-man, half-stag creature that’s carrying off young women. It’s the kind of case that Bryant and May live to solve . . . and it could be the one that finally kills them.
Chrisopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of fifteen previous novels, including the award-winning Full Dark House and five other Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries: White Corridor, The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, Ten Second Staircase, and The Victoria Vanishes. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next Peculiar Crimes Unit novel.
“Fowler offers a distinctive prose style and characters so unusual it is difficult to think of another author’s work this creative.” —Library Journal
"Fowler’s unique blend of the comic and the grotesque is on full display in his excellent seventh Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery.... The pacing, prose, planting of clues and characterizations are all top-notch.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review