A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
By Christopher Fowler
(Bantam, Paperback, 9780553588323, 352pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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It’s the classic locked-room mystery—a member of the Peculiar Crimes Unit killed inside a sealed morgue populated only by the dead and to which only four PCU members had a key. To make matters worse, the Unit has been shut down for a forced “vacation,” and Bryant and May are stuck in a van in the Dartmoor countryside during a freak snowstorm. Now they’ll have to crack the case by cell phone while trying to stop a second murder without freezing to death. For among the line of trapped vehicles, a killer is on the prowl, a beautiful woman is on the run, and an innocent child is caught in the middle….
Chrisopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of fifteen previous novels, including the award-winning Full Dark House, and four other Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries, White Corridor, The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, and Ten Second Staircase. He lives in London.
“Blending humor and brilliant detection.... Fowler shows himself to be a master of the ‘impossible crime’ tale.... Excellent.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Sherlock Holmes meets Inspector Clouseau in this mordant, award-winning series in which Fowler gleefully skewers religious zealots and government officials alike."—Booklist, starred review
“Chris Fowler is a master of the classical form.” —New York Times Book Review
“Ingenious.” —Denver Post