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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857500953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857500953
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi award-winning author of many novels and short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mysteries. His first bestseller was 'Roofworld'. Subsequent novels include 'Spanky', 'Disturbia', 'Psychoville' and 'Calabash'. He spent 25 years working in the film industry.

His collection 'Red Gloves', 25 new stories of unease, marked his first 25 years of writing. His memoir 'Paperboy' won the Green Carnation Award, and was followed by a 2nd volume, 'Film Freak'. Other new novels include the dark comedy-thriller 'Plastic' and the haunted house chiller 'Nyctophobia'.

He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He has a weekly column called 'Invisible Ink' in the Independent on Sunday. His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed 'Menz Insana'. His short story 'The Master Builder' became a feature film entitled 'Through The Eyes Of A Killer', starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. Among his awards are the Edge Hill prize 2008 for 'Old Devil Moon', and the Last Laugh prize 2009 for 'The Victoria Vanishes'.

Christopher has achieved several pathetic schoolboy fantasies, releasing a terrible Christmas pop single, becoming a male model, writing a stage show, posing as the villain in a Batman graphic novel, running a night club, appearing in the Pan Books of Horror, and standing in for James Bond.

His short stories have appeared in Best British Mysteries, The Time Out Book Of London Short Stories, The Best Of Dark Terrors, London Noir, Neon Lit, Cinema Macabre, the Mammoth Book of Horror and many others. After living in the USA and France he is now married and lives in London's King's Cross and Barcelona.

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"These crime novels have enjoyed a cult following, thanks to Fowler's writing which has been compared to Agatha Christie and Ben Aaronovitch. A cracking summer read." (STYLIST MAGAZINE)

"Bryant and May series... is witty, charming, intelligent, wonderfully atmospheric and enthusiastically plotted." (Marcel Berlins The Times)

"This quirky series, which describes the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly stars, Bryant and May, does include macabre and horrifying passages, but they are rendered almost cheerful by the wit and humour of the writing... if you like oddities, this series is a very good example." (The Literary Review)

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Christopher Fowler's eccentric detectives Bryant & May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit become embroiled in a fiendish case involving witchcraft, secret codes, hidden relics and, of course, bloody murder...

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Susannah on 13 Sept. 2012
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My husband and I have a relatively short list of authors whose books we always buy without inquiry or waiting for the reviews; we know without a doubt they'll be worth reading. After reading the first Bryant and May book, Christopher Fowler took his place on that list and has since been in no danger of removal. Bryant and May are delightfully unlike any other fictional detectives but, if I were to make a comparison, it would be to Holmes and Watson in that they are an odd couple who are destined to have a long literary life. These are rare characters, the kind that inspire devotion and that take up permanent residence in our imaginations. Amid so many books that are firmly rooted in this brief moment of time, and which will be dated and justly forgotten in less than five years, I'm betting that Bryant and May will be beloved a hundred years from now.

The interest in these books, for us, lies in the timeless human crankiness of the characters and the London setting, which reminds us that to love and venerate a place is almost impossible without knowing its history. Everything Arthur Bryant sees as he traverses the city is redolent with meaning for him because of his vast and intricate knowledge of its past, and the ways in which it lives on and continues to manifest itself with or without our awareness. I can think of no other books that I would put on the same shelf with these; there's a strong thread of fantasy that tantalizes, in part because we're never quite sure it's really there. I think this is a wise choice on the author's part.

For reasons unknown, this latest book has been released in the United Kingdom considerably before it is due to be released in the U.S. We couldn't wait, so sought it out on the Amazon UK site and gladly paid the extra to have it sent to us in the U.S., a measure of our delight in having another Bryant and May.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue B. on 10 Oct. 2013
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This was a treat. Even after 10 books in the series, Christopher Fowler has still got it. "The Invisible Code" is fresh and lively and original, not a formulaic entry in a tired series. The suspense and pacing are excellent, so very hard to put this book down and do other things. The mystery is intriguing, and I didn't even begin to see how it would all fit together or who the culprit would be, but it all came together seamlessly. The balancing act of suspense, occult, and comedy never falters, you are chilled and then laughing. Arthur Bryant continues to be a comic delight, spending time with him is such fun, and he shines in this book. So much arcane knowledge, so much lateral thought, and so funny--his appearance at The very posh Claridge's is a hoot, as is his dysfunctional relationship with technology. Even the secondary characters are fascinating--are Renfield and Longbright ever going to get together? Colin and Meera? Crippen is pregnant? So much going on. And the ending made me want to begin book 11 immediately. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for my advance copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2014
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Detectives Bryant and May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are called in to investigate when a young woman is found dead in a church. There is no obvious cause of death, so they have to decide whether this was murder - or was she the victim of some spooky Meantime, their boss and archenemy Oskar Kasavian asks them to help find out why his wife seems to be going mad - because that's always something you would ask the police to look into, isn't it? Psychics, shades of Bedlam, and witch-hunters - just a normal day for Bryant and May...

This is most definitely a book that requires the reader to check her disbelief at the door. The plot is...well...I tried to think of a politer word, but 'ridiculous' is the most appropriate. Is there a supernatural theme or isn't there? I genuinely have no idea. It's hinted at throughout but never confirmed. And the anachronisms! If we were to date the book purely on the characterisation, we'd have to assume we were in the 1950s, but the technology makes it clear we're supposed to be in the present day. So the idea that all top civil servants are male, that their wives don't work and meet up weekly in Harrods for afternoon tea...again, ridiculous.

In the afterword, the author says that he was 'determined to create a pair of intelligent Golden Age detectives who are forced to deal with the modern world.' Hmm...intelligent, I grant you. In fact, Bryant appears to have as encyclopaedic a knowledge of London as Holmes did, and the descriptions of some of the less well-known places are one of the main interests of the book. Golden Age? Well, they're old - but most of the Golden Age detectives of my experience tended to rule out supernatural causes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Mary E. Young on 9 Sept. 2012
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Bryant and May thrilling adventures are still among the best written work on the market and Bryant and May and the Invisible Code is first class. The plot is wonderfully clever, and it's incredibly difficult to put the book down. Christopher Fowler has a brilliant mind and every page is a real gem.Above all, his books are extremely scary, amusing and intelligent. A guaranteed journey into the unknown.Re-reading them only makes them better!
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