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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New edition edition (5 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751521647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751521641
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,633 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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A ripping read. (THE TIMES)

Wonderful characters, snappy lines, dead-on atmosphere, and it all works. (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

A first class thriller, but don't expect any sleep. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Fowler is a fine entertainer and 'Rune (will satisfy the most seasoned thriller fan.')

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* 'Strong stomachs and nerves of steel are required for Christopher Fowler's brand of fiction' - SUNDAY TIMES

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paolo Marino on 23 April 2004
Format: Paperback
As another reviewer said, it's a "typical Folwer's".
Good points:
1) Original idea.
2) Lot of tidbits abosut history (especially London history) andmyths.
3) A real page-turner.
Bad points:
1) I find Fowler's endings pretty weak, in general.
While the author has in general no problem building the tension up, thefinal showdown tends to be both confusing and sort of a letdown, as if itwas rushed.
Considering I've read three Fowler's books and they all share the sameproblem, I suspect it's a real Achille's heel for the author.
2) Themain plot and most of the colour is a bit dated (very 1990's).
To sum up: far from being a masterpiece, but if you enjoy the author'sstyle it delivers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
I read `Rune' ten years ago and I hardly ever re-read books, but for Christopher Fowler I make an exception.

A number of bizarre deaths are occurring across London, seemingly suicides, but the detectives Arthur Bryant and John may think differently. Are these deaths in fact murders which have been cleverly concealed? They set out to find a common denominator and this leads them to meet Harry Buckingham, an arrogant ad-man who has done some investigating of his own.

However, if you're familiar with Christopher Fowler you'll realise that there is unlikely to be a simple and common place explanation. Enter a string of fabulous characters; the `challenging' Grace, the driver of the truck that killed Harry's father; Frank, who is obsessed with conspiracy theories (just because it's a conspiracy theory, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you); Janice Longbright, the glamorous and 1950's obsessed Sergeant; the White Witches of the Camden Town Coven; Dorothy Huxley in her decaying library and a women who channels spirits through stuffed cats!

Expect the usual humour and mix of thrills, as well as an astounding amount of London trivia. `Rune' hasn't been included in the recent `Bryant and May' series and so may be a considered a great find and added bonus now that the series has come to a close. Fabulous!
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By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2000
Format: Paperback
After you've read this one you'll be looking everywhere for hidden messages - I guarantee it! Makes you wonder if things like this could / do happen, the thought of which, along with reading this book until you've finished it in one sitting, will keep you awake at night!
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By A Customer on 10 Feb 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was incredible the way it captured my imagination and hurled it into a very distubing place . I have given it 4 crowns as the end is not as good as the rest of this magnificent work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 1998
Format: Paperback
I was hooked by this read, but thought the ending was slightly dissapointing. Reccomended though!
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