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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (24 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385614667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385614665
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,990 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 thirty novels and ten short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was 'Roofworld'. Subsequent novels include 'Spanky', 'Disturbia', 'Psychoville' and 'Calabash'. His books have been optioned by Guillermo Del Toro ('Spanky') and Jude Law ('Psychoville'). He spent 25 years working in film.

He recently wrote 'Red Gloves', 25 new stories of unease to mark his first 25 years of writing. His memoir 'Paperboy' won the Green Carnation Award, and is being followed by a new volume, 'Film Freak', in April 2013. Other new books include the dark comedy-thriller 'Plastic' and 'Invisible Ink: The Mysterious Case Of The Disappearing Authors'.

He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One's first broadcast drama in 2005. He writes for the FT and the Independent on Sunday, Black Static magazine and many others. 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. In the past year he has been nominated for 8 national book awards. He is the winner of 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, 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 King's Cross, London and Barcelona.

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'The series is a nostalgic homage to the old-fashioned crime novel. But they're also satisfying and tightly plotted mysteries...Great fun and wit' -- THE TIMES, 3 jULY 2010

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The most enigmatic detectives in British crime fiction since Holmes and Watson return in their eighth wickedly entertaining and intriguing investigation...

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2010
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: With regard to your apprehension of the hired assassin operating in the King's Cross area, this so-called `King's Cross Executioner' chap, thank you for acting so quickly on the matter, although it's a pity he subsequently managed to give you the slip.

A killer known as Mr. Fox has been captured by Detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, but escaped, murdering one of their colleagues in the process. A body has been discovered in a station of London's Underground. Was Mr. Fox the killer or does the Peculiar Crimes Unit have another killer on their hands.

Okay, I'll start right out by admitting I love Bryant and May. In them, Fowler has created two of the most appealing characters being written today. And it is truly Fowler's excellent writing and voice which brings them, and the story, to life.

I have always appreciated books which include a cast of characters. Fowler found a particularly clever way of incorporating his cast of principal characters into the story as a staff roster. In this book, he provides a description of Bryant which truly does give "some measure of the man," and I love his Bryant's habit of reciting dictionary definitions.

Bryant and May, while being the central characters, are not alone but supported by a host of secondary characters each given distinct backgrounds, characteristics and contributions to the story. With each book, we learn more of each character's background and personalities. But beyond the central characters, it is a rare author who can make one feel an element of sympathy for a series killer, but Fowler manages so to do.

There is wonderful humor balanced by touching poignancy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marran Grey on 1 Sep 2011
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This is fun, the research into, and knowledge of, London is fascinating and the main characters are refreshing in their individualism and also their age. It is great to see age sublimated by the action, the story, and the place.
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Part two, following on from On the Loose. This sees the team out hunting again for the elusive Mr Fox. He has given them the slip and has gone to ground in his lair; the London Underground. Also happening below the streets of London town are several strange murders, inexplicable to the team until Bryant has an idea and everyone knows what that means! Rallying his wacky esoteric friends he persuades his side kick, John May and co to follow him into the maze of dark tunnels where mysterious folk roam just out of sight of the underground network of surveilance cameras. Can they catch Mr Fox before he destroys them all, read it and see! This has so many laugh out loud moments as the team stumble and bumble their way through yet another controversial investigation. Don't underestimate the plots either, they are cleverly mapped out with so many twists and turns it's impossible to work out "who dun it" I adore these novels and am eagerly waiting for the next to drop onto the mat from Amazon. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oneten on 21 Mar 2013
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Read hard copy first and then gifted a digital version to my sister who loved it as well. Provides interesting insight into the largely unseen underground system and reveals what lies behind those mysterious steel doors.! Great plot and sub plot and full of unexpected twists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen McSavaney on 31 Dec 2011
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This Bryant and May really does make a pair with "...On the Loose" because Mr. Fox is still in the King's Cross Station, more or less. The unit is operating out of the abandoned warehouse with pentacles, weird paintings and a hole in the floor. A young woman is pushed as she returns down the central stairs instead of leaving the station and it is a really weird period as the detectives start tracking a group of London University students who live together in Mecklenburg Square and seem to be involved with this death. There is a detailed tour of the King's Cross control centre where they monitor the CCTV cameras and shift barriers, change escalator speeds, and place staff to keep the passenger flow smooth and steady. I find these stories compelling reading and love all the incidental information Mr. Fowler puts in the books. He continues to claim that it's all true, especially the weird stuff but the management of citizen's actions by the police is almost unbelievable. The cover shows Bryant and May wearing safety vests as they explore the tunnels after the system shut down for the night and I am reliably informed by an English reader that washing one is just not done. The dirtier (and less reflective) they are, the better because it shows you've had a lot of experience. The detectives' vest are obviously very new. I hope April May recovers in Toronto and rejoins the unit and that there is a story to follow "The Memory of Blood" which is the one after "Off the the Rails."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed.F TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug 2010
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This is a less self contained book than many of the other Bryant & May stories, following on closely from the events of "Bryant & May on the loose" and dealing with both the hunt for the killer in that book and a more sinister and disturbing conspiracy centred around Kings Cross station. I won't reveal more as any hints of the plot might spoil the surprise and diminish other readers enjoyment of the book, needless to say that location and history play major factors in the resolution and closure of this narrative arc.

Fowler's complexity of plotting and the finely detailed characterisation of his three main protagonists (I tend to include London as a separate character in this books) and their supporting cast has delivered another truly excellent and utterly believable book. Pacey narrative, genuinely moving chapters segway straight into moments of high farce and tense drama and the dénouement is both a real surprise and very satisfying. Bravo!
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