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Bryant & May and the Invisible Code: (Bryant & May Book 10)

Bryant & May and the Invisible Code: (Bryant & May Book 10)

Hardback Bryant and May

By (author) Christopher Fowler

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  • Publisher: DOUBLEDAY
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 224mm x 31mm | 492g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857520504
  • ISBN 13: 9780857520500
  • Sales rank: 175,707

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Two small children are playing a game called 'Witch-Hunter'. They place a curse on a young woman taking lunch in a church courtyard and wait for her to die. An hour later the woman is indeed found dead inside St Bride's Church - a building that no-one else has entered. Unfortunately Bryant & May are refused the case. Instead, there are hired by their greatest enemy to find out why his wife has suddenly started behaving strangely. She's become an embarrassment to him at government dinners, and he is convinced that someone is trying to drive her insane. She has even taken to covering the mirrors in her apartment, and believes herself to be the victim of witchcraft. Then a society photographer is stabbed to death in a nearby park and suddenly a link emerges between the two cases. And so begins an investigation that will test the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit to their limits, setting Arthur Bryant off on a trail that leads to Bedlam and Bletchley Park, and into the world of madness, codes and the secret of London's strangest relic. As the members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit dig behind the city's facades to expose a world of private clubs, hidden passages and covert loyalties, they realise that the case might not just end in disaster - it might also get everyone killed.

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Author information

Christopher Fowler is the multi award-winning author of over thirty novels and twelve short story collections, including Roofworld, Spanky, Calabash, Hell Train and ten Bryant & May mystery novels. He recently wrote Red Gloves: 25 New Stories to mark his first 25 years in print, the 'War of the Worlds' videogame for Paramount (with Sir Patrick Stewart), and won the Green Carnation prize for his acclaimed memoir Paperboy. He currently writes a weekly column in the Independent on Sunday and reviews for the Financial Times. He lives in King's Cross in London. To find out more, visit www.christopherfowler.co.uk

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"These crime novels have enjoyed a cult following, thanks to Fowler's writing which has been compared to Agatha Christie and Ben Aaronovitch. A cracking summer read." STYLIST MAGAZINE "Bryant and May series... is witty, charming, intelligent, wonderfully atmospheric and enthusiastically plotted." -- Marcel Berlins The Times 20120818 "This quirky series, which describes the Peculiar Crimes Unit and its elderly stars, Bryant and May, does include macabre and horrifying passages, but they are rendered almost cheerful by the wit and humour of the writing... if you like oddities, this series is a very good example." The Literary Review "I love the wit and playfulness of Bryant and May books." -- Ann Cleeves Independent 20130209

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The game the two young children were playing was called Witch-Hunter. Spying a woman sitting alone in a church courtyard, they curse her and wait for her to die. And die she does. Her body is found in St Bride’s Church – a building that no-one else has entered. Unfortunately Bryant & May are refused the case. Instead they’re investigating why the wife of their greatest enemy has suddenly started behaving strangely, including embarrassing him at official functions. He seems convinced that someone is trying to drive her insane; she believes she’s the victim of witchcraft. There's a brutal stabbing in a London park and suddenly a connection is found between the two investigations. As Arthur Bryant sets off on a trail that leads to Bedlam and Bletchley Park, and into a world of madness, codes and the secret of London’s strangest relic, the rest of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are tested to their limits. Probing behind the city’s facades, they uncover a world of private clubs, hidden passageways, covert loyalties and murder. It seems that this case might not just end in disaster – it might also get them all killed...