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Bryant and May On The Loose: (Bryant & May Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Fowler
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"Do yourself a favour and pick up a novel by Christopher Fowler. The author's Bryant and May series is proving to be one of the quirkiest and most ingenious pleasures to be found in the genre: atmospheric, sardonically funny and craftily suspenseful." (Barry Forshaw AMAZON.CO.UK)

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British fiction's most enigmatic detectives since Holmes and Watson return in their seventh wickedly entertaining and intriguing investigation...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385614659
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (28 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819694
  • ASIN: B0031RS7HC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryant and May are back!! 9 July 2009
Format:Hardcover
This, the seventh in Christopher Fowler's excellent Bryant and May detective series, finds the elderly pair on as fine form as ever. Following the disbandment of the Peculiar Crimes Unit at the end of the previous in the series, The Victoria Vanishes, it seemed like the end. However, when headless corpses start being discovered, and a mysterious stag-like figure is seen, Bryant and May again swing into action.

The story, as ever, is set in and around a part of London that millions of people pass through each year, but don't really see. In this instance it is King's Cross, set against the backdrop of the current regeneration of the area following the Eurostar terminal being opened at St Pancras. The plot moves forward at a good pace, with the two detectives' differing views on the crimes (supernatural vs mundane) used to good effect.

One of the most interesting facets of the book is seeing how the various members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit have adapted (or in some cases failed to adapt) to life outside of the police force. Some have handled it well, some badly, and it's interesting to see just how much the team meant to most of the former members.

As always with the Bryant and May series, it is a cracking read, and one to be enjoyed by existing fans of the series - especially with the promise of an eighth book next year. However, this would also be a good starting point for those who haven't yet discovered the delights of Christopher Fowler's work, so hopefully this book will earn him more fans. It's a lot more inventive and a lot more fun than most other crime fiction, so if you want a whodunnit (or indeed a whatdunnit) with style, humour, tension, and, at the end of a day, a good old-fashioned story, then give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book 7 maybe not the place to start 6 April 2012
Format:Hardcover
Review of the unabridged reading by Tim Goodman.

I had real difficulties with this and had to force my way through it. Some of my difficulty was with the reading itself. The narrator has a pleasant reading voice and the phrasing was good. However, the style of delivery was flat throughout and I suspect these books are supposed to be a bit tongue in cheek but that didn't come across to me. Worse though were the accents. The Antiguan lady who shares a house with Bryant would have a Caribbean accent but it strayed into Welsh. The accent of the young Asian man who found a body also strayed into Welsh. Worst of all though was Mengeshka - I have not read the earlier books but she was specifically described as third-generation so I would expect her to speak with a British accent but she also had an Asian accent which also came out Welsh. Now, I love the Welsh accent but it did not seem right for any of these characters so it annoyed me.

The premise of the book is that Bryant and May are two police officers who are still serving having been working in the 1939-45 war. They are in something called the Peculiar Crimes Unit. We are obviously in fantasy territory here. I can see how this appeals to many readers and I very much liked the idea but it just didn't work for me. I wonder whether I would be more attached to the format if I had been with it from the earlier books but I am afraid on the basis of this one I am not tempted to find out.

The Unit has been disbanded before the start of this book so the former officers have dispersed and have no offices. They are brought back together by this case but, for reasons that seemed to me to be just too artificial, are forced to work without access to present-day forensic techniques.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a good read 1 Oct 2010
By Jane
Format:Paperback
One good thing about this book is that it was given to me.
The bad thing is, I'm now going to have to buy the other 6 as I'm hooked.

Nice to find something within the thriller genre that's a bit more quirky than average. I thoroughly enjoyed this and, as a Londoner myself, it was a real education as well.
I would definitely recommend this to Crime Novel readers and am now off to add the others to my Amazon Wishlist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By nigeyb
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I have read by Christopher Fowler and so (obviously) the only book I have read in the Bryant & May series. It is the seventh of the ten (so far) books and, if this book is indicative of the quality, then it is an excellent series.

The story is an enjoyable tale of a ritualistic killer who appears to be evoking pagan rites in the Kings Cross area of London whilst the area is going through an important period of major redevelopment. Modern day London is brilliantly evoked, and there is plenty of historical detail along with old myths and legends. The Peculiar Crimes Unit (or PCU) for whom Bryant and May work, was disbanded shortly before this story starts so there is also a sub-plot around getting the old team back together.

There are some great twists and turns and a surprisingly dark ending too. An entertaining, intriguing, wry, well written detective novel that made me feel very keen to read more of the Bryant and May books.

4/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars BRYANT & MAY ON THE LOOSE. 7 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
Given that this is the seventh book in the series it worked extremely well as a novel in its own right but then mysteries often do as they are generally self-contained stories. More than that though, just as the first six books in the series were written as a set so the next lot of novels (starting with this one) form a fresh set thus providing a good starting point for those who are new to the books but don't necessarily want to start reading the series from the beginning.

What I'd describe as a cosy mystery as despite its headless corpses it seemed too genteel to be anything other. Bryant & May on The Loose saw the return of the PCU (Peculiar Crimes Unit).

Original, quirky AND provides the three 'E's' - entertainment, escapism and (informal and fun) education - all of them necessary if a book is to be a good read. With a mythological figure, a mysterious stag-like creature, at its heart there was also a nod towards the supernatural.

Great story telling but more than an intelligent and humorous plot there is the wonderfully curmudgeonly Bryant who has to be one of my favourite characters of 2013.

Copyright: Tracy Terry @ Pen and Paper.
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Published 18 days ago by Anne J. Holyhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of wonderful series
This series of books have been a great read. A real page turner and difficult to put down. Cannot wait to read the next in the series.
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Another success for Mr Fowler I think.

Poor old Bryant is becoming more and more disreputable and it seems that John May is heading in the completely opposite direction... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. M. Dickson
4.0 out of 5 stars clever and funny
Clever and funny at the same time. Once again London is the third part of the partnership and I love that it is so up to date with the changes at Kings cross.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and quirky
I really enjoy this series. Love the quirkiness and the slightly off-beat plots, and especially the characters who have grown so much through the series.
Published 11 months ago by SR
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Yet more dark deeds and humour. I just love Bryant and May. I will be sorry when I read the last volume. Needless to say these will be read time and time again
Published 12 months ago by mayanguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series
I love the Bryant and May books and I understand they are being made into a TV series. Witty writing which shows an intimate knowledge of London and several other topics!
Published 14 months ago by Drosselmeyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Have all the Bryant & May books except the latest one
I really enjoy the fact that there is a great diversity of characters, within the group and the characters. Fun to read.
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Published 19 months ago by David Morys
5.0 out of 5 stars I just LOVE Bryant & May
Bryant & May are always enjoyable & a very good read! It's like meeting old friends again. I just love Bryant & May
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