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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (14 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817980
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,618 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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Quirky, touching, profound and utterly original...a gripping page-turner." (PETER JAMES)

"Invests the traditions of the Golden Age of detective fiction with a tongue-in-cheek post-modernism. " (Evening Standard)

"Delicious stuff, delivered with all the assurance we have come to expect from Fowler." (Barry Forshaw amazon.co.uk)

"Slow burning, adroitly plotted, with a distinct atmosphere." (Guardian)

"Another triumph for the Peculiar Crimes Unit." (Independent on Sunday)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nick Hackney on 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!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bacon on 2 July 2007
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2007
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'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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By Mark Pack TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2011
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Christopher Fowler's The White Corridor is the fifth in his Bryant and May murder mystery series which is a homage to the golden age of crime fiction and usually comes with a very strong London backdrop. This time, however, his two detectives from the Peculiar Crimes Unit - John May and Arthur Bryant - spend much of the book stuck in a snow drift in South West England.

That relocation of his the pair helps keep the book fresh even for devotees of the series as it allows some of the basic characteristics of the series to continue, but in a new and plausible form. So yes, once again, Bryant is poor at keeping his colleagues informed as to what he is up to, but being stuck miles away in the snow makes this a natural state of affairs rather than a strained repeat of a standard series formula.

The further development of both Bryant and May's characters continues in this book with a significant twist to the John May family story whilst Arthur Bryant's idiosyncrasies once again frequently steal the scene. You can see the development of the author's skill through the successive novels as by this fifth novel in the series those eccentricities are just - just - the right side of plausible whilst also being sufficiently bizarre to have great comedy effect. (A sample of the book titles we discover Bryant has in his office are "Code-Breaking in Braille" and "Colonic Exercises for Asthmatics".) This is unlike earlier in the series where Bryant's weird effect on IT strayed over the line into the clearly impossible as Fowler stretched just a little too far and tried just a little too hard for comedy effect.
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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!)

This book would have been 100% better without the 'french/london' storyline. It was only when re-reading it that I remembered I had not really enjoyed it first time round.

In fact, I have skipped all of this storyline this time. And it has not affected my enjoyment or the storyline as a whole, for me at all.

If you are reading them in order, let me guarantee you, this was a slight hiccup. They get better and better, in fact the next one The Victoria Vanishes is one of my favourites...
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By twinkle on 18 Jun. 2012
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White Corridor (Bryant & May 5)I love all the Bryant & May books and this was no disappointment, funny and scary all at the same time. You really get to love the characters and begin to care about them. I wish he would just write more of them.And that Amazon had more on their kindle books.
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