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Full Dark House (2003)

by Christopher Fowler

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Series: Bryant and May (1)

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    Real Tigers by Mick Herron (hairball)
    hairball: The tone of Real Tigers put me in mind of the Bryant & May series. While the subjects are very different, the characters are, if not of a piece, then cut from the same cake.
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    The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Similar in tone. Both are darkly comic detection novels with supernatural overtones and set in London. The entire Peculiar Crimes series qualifies as a recommendation.
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Quirky, fascinating historical read
  ZeStY10708 | May 27, 2016 |
Plastic carrier bags floated around the traffic lights at the end of the Strand like predatory jellyfish. The hum of traffic around them was like the drone of bombers. The air was acrid with exhausts. Bryant leaned on his walking stick to catch his breath. The stick was a sore point; May had bought it for his partner's birthday the previous year, but Bryant had been horrified by the suggestion that he was facing mobility difficulties. It had remained in his conservatory for several months, where it had supported a diseased nasturtium, but now the elderly detective found himself discreetly using it.

I have met detectives Bryant and May before, as minor characters in the novels "Rune" and "Soho Black", but this is the first book in their own series. An explosion in the offices of the Peculiar Crimes Unit turns out to have links to the very first case they worked on together back in World War II, which starred with the death of a dancer backstage at a London Theatre.

A good introduction to the work of the Peculiar (originally in the sense of 'particular') Crimes Unit which was set up during the war to work on cases that could cause public panic. I'll be picking up the rest of the series whenever I come across them. ( )
1 vote isabelx | Mar 20, 2016 |
1st in a new series - takes place today and back in 1940's in London during WWII - two great characters, brought together as amateur detectives to solve murder that in the end comes back 50 odd years later to kill again. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
A fun mystery... actually two mysteries at the same time in a way, with flashbacks. The interplay between the the two main characters should be a lot of fun in the following books from the series... nice Felix and Oscar vibe :) ( )
  BooksForDinner | Jan 19, 2016 |
I had never heard of this series until fairly recently. I read about it on Book Riot and made note of it. Then, when browsing my library for something else, I stumbled across this and figured it was a sign that it should be my next read. And so it was.

Without giving too much away, this is two stories in one with the central characters being a couple of detectives who have been partners for many decades in a 'peculiar crimes' unit in London. The story jumps back and forth in time between their first and final cases as partners.

Their first case, set in war-time London during the blitz when the men are in their 20s involves several grisly murders set in a theater ostensibly perpetrated by a phantom. The final case takes place six decades later, as the men are in their twilight years and involves a bombing that has a connection to their first case.

The writing goes cross-genre in a good way and it was fun to see a little Christie a little Wodehouse, a little literary this-and-that while still being distinct from anything else I've read before. I'm undecided on investing in the entire series, but I do think I'd like to sample another story in the series and see how the partnership ripens. ( )
  angiestahl | Jan 11, 2016 |
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Chlewińska, IwonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duha, OndřejTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553385534, Paperback)

A bomb rips through present-day London, tragically ending the crime-fighting partnership of Arthur Bryant and John May begun more than a half-century ago during another infamous bombing: the Blitz of World War II. Desperately searching for clues to the saboteur’s identity, May finds the notes his old friend kept of their very first case and a past that may have returned…with murderous vengeance. It was an investigation that began with the grisly murder of a pretty young dancer. In a city shaken by war, a faceless killer stalked London’s theater row, creating his own sinister drama. And it would take Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and May’s dogged police work to catch a fiend whose ability to escape detection seemed almost supernatural—a murderer who decades later may have returned to kill one of them…and won’t stop until he kills the other.

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When a bomb claims the life of John May's detective partner of more than half a century, May becomes convinced that the key to the killer's identity lies in his first case together with his partner.

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