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White Corridor: (Bryant & May Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Fowler
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If you're searching for something really different in the overcrowded field of crime writing, then 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. Of course, this will come as no surprise to those who had discovered Fowler via his earlier writing in the horror and fantasy field (another genre in which he quickly distinguished himself from most of the competition). But there is no doubt that he has really found his métier with his recent books set in the Met's Peculiar Crimes unit. The Home Office is on the point of shutting this unorthodox unit down, when an important staff member is found dead in a sealed autopsy room. Suspects are numerous, and as a wintry Britain shivers, the brilliantly intuitive detective duo who are Fowler's protagonists are hors de combat where this particular investigation is concerned; on their way to a scientific convention, they have been snowed in after a blizzard in Devon. Can Bryant and May conduct their investigations from afar? However, this is not their only problem -- a psychotic killer is haunting the Dartmoor Road, with a homicidal shopping list.

This is quite delicious stuff, delivered with all the assurance we have come to expect from Fowler. As ever, his eccentric team of ageing detectives are one of the most original creations around, and the outrageously inventive plots that Fowler conjures are a match for the characterisation. If you're beginning to feel that the crime genre is running out of steam, the slightest acquaintance with one of Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May novels will quickly disabuse you of this notion --Barry Forshaw

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If you're searching for something really different in the overcrowded field of crime writing, then 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. Of course, this will come as no surprise to those who had discovered Fowler via his earlier writing in the horror and fantasy field (another genre in which he quickly distinguished himself from most of the competition). But there is no doubt that he has really found his métier with his recent books set in the Met's Peculiar Crimes unit. The Home Office is on the point of shutting this unorthodox unit down, when an important staff member is found dead in a sealed autopsy room. Suspects are numerous, and as a wintry Britain shivers, the brilliantly intuitive detective duo who are Fowler's protagonists are hors de combat where this particular investigation is concerned; on their way to a scientific convention, they have been snowed in after a blizzard in Devon. Can Bryant and May conduct their investigations from afar? However, this is not their only problem -- a psychotic killer is haunting the Dartmoor Road, with a homicidal shopping list.

This is quite delicious stuff, delivered with all the assurance we have come to expect from Fowler. As ever, his eccentric team of ageing detectives are one of the most original creations around, and the outrageously inventive plots that Fowler conjures are a match for the characterisation. If you're beginning to feel that the crime genre is running out of steam, the slightest acquaintance with one of Christopher Fowler's Bryant and May novels will quickly disabuse you of this notion --Barry Forshaw


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 055358832X
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (5 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817980
  • ASIN: B003JTHFQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,144 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker!!!!! 2 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
The Bryant and May series blend the nostalgia of the golden age mystery story with the darkness and horrific elements that have been an element of Christopher Fowler's previous books and short stories.

The plot is described above so I won't recap, but this novel contains the humour and great characterisation that is an integral part of the other books in the series. Fans of Bryant & May will love it, as will horror/suspense and mystery readers.

Another classic (probably my favourite so far)!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White Corridor - a superb book 17 Nov 2007
Format:Hardcover
"White Corridor" by Christopher Fowler carries the Bryant & May series to a further level. It is, of course, a page turner, and I found I had to put it down to avoid the disappointment of reading it all in one go. Two major crime themes are cleverly interwoven against the background of Bryant and May being away from London and their Peculiar Crimes Unit. It keeps the great English detective novel genre fully alive. I think these novels are destined to last and to be read for years. There are complex turns and surprises in the plots, and the clever use of the "White Corridor" both in the mind of the young french suspect, and the great snow that ensnares Bryant and May. Oh - just go ahead and get it and read it!

Reviewed by Nick Hackney
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
'The White Corridor' is the latest instalment in the Bryant and May series following 'Full Dark House', 'The Water Room', 'Seventy-seven Clocks' and 'Ten Second Staircase.'

Following the successful capture of The Highwayman plans are still afoot to shut down the Peculiar Crimes Unit, and prevent any more embarrassing press coverage. Bryant and May set off for Devon to attend a Spiritualist Conference and have a well-earned break. Whilst they're on their way they get caught in severe weather conditions and back at the unit one of the team is murdered. DS Janet Longbright is acting Head of the department and has to use everything she has learned from the elderly detectives in order to exonerate the other officers at the unit.

'The White Corridor' is different to the other Bryant and May novels in that it does not take place in London, which for some readers might detract from it's appeal. It is worth persevering though, because this is a real cracker!

Bryant is his usual self; 'He's only alive because it's illegal to kill him'!

As usual, brilliant. If you haven't read the other Bryant and May novels, it might be better to start at the beginning, so that you really understand the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By nigeyb
Format:Paperback
This is the second book I have read by Christopher Fowler and both have been from his Bryant & May series.

Arthur Bryant and John May are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), London's most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second World War to investigate cases that could cause national scandal or public unrest.

It's an unusual and original set up, two crimes have to be solved and these are cleverly interwoven whilst Bryant and May are trapped far from London and their colleagues at the PCU. White Corridor contains more of Christopher Fowler's trademark humour, London history, some acerbic social insights, and a ripping yarn that gets progressively more compelling and exciting.

4/5
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
'The White Corridor' is the latest instalment in the Bryant and May series following 'Full Dark House', 'The Water Room', 'Seventy-seven Clocks' and 'Ten Second Staircase.'

Following the successful capture of The Highwayman plans are still afoot to shut down the Peculiar Crimes Unit, and prevent any more embarrassing press coverage. Bryant and May set off for Devon to attend a Spiritualist Conference and have a well-earned break. Whilst they're on their way they get caught in severe weather conditions and back at the unit one of the team is murdered. DS Janet Longbright is acting Head of the department and has to use everything she has learned from the elderly detectives in order to exonerate the other officers at the unit.

'The White Corridor' is different to the other Bryant and May novels in that it does not take place in London, which for some readers might detract from it's appeal. It is worth persevering though, because this is a real cracker!

Bryant is his usual self; 'He's only alive because it's illegal to kill him'!

As usual, brilliant. If you haven't read the other Bryant and May novels, it might be better to start at the beginning, so that you really understand the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am an officionado of this genre. This does not let down. Nor does the service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 31 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As usual excellent story and has characters you care about. You can really enjoy the book from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars best one so far 15 Mar 2014
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Really enjoyed this one. Not quite so obscure as some of the earlier books. The writing is excellent. Humorous subtle and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb Bryant and May
I stumbled across this series of books and am avidly reading them all. This one is great, taking the detectives out of their usual location of London into snowbound Devon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by just retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Bryant & May
White Corridor: All Bryant & May are brilliant reads. Long may they flourish. Always look forward to a new book
Published 7 months ago by trevie a alford
5.0 out of 5 stars another matchless story!!
I love these books written so well and evocative of the values held by old timers who still manage to get a result.
Published 7 months ago by PCGreenhalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Another "Bryant and May" Mystery.
I have only recently found this author. If you like detective stories with a quirky difference, then you will love this and his other books, too.
Published 8 months ago by Suziwithcats
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite
I have read all the Bryant & May books over the years as they came out.

And am now re-reading them all in order (not done originally! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet
It has to be said that in these books the weather is often a character, as integral to the plot as the PCU and Crippen the cat but in this one the weather gets star billing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. M. Dickson
3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn, yawn....
I must be really hard to please but this book left me somewhat nonplussed. I expected a cracking read and found a story that was convoluted and not at all convincing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by H. Lacroix
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Corridoor
Bryant and May are a revelation, Two extremely elderly detectives based in the well named Peculiar Crimes Unit along with other oddball staff and a cat called Crippen. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Austin Seven Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars And yet another
I can not put these books down they keep the grey matter working but equally keep you amused. I wish I had discovered Christopher Fowler earlier
Published 12 months ago by mayanguy
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