Ten-Second Staircase

Ten-Second Staircase

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A controversial artist is found dead in her own art installation inside a riverside gallery with locked doors and windows - the only witness is a small boy who insists the murderer was a masked man on a horse. A television presenter is struck by lightning while indoors...Two seemingly impossible crimes that only Arthur Bryant and John May of the Met's Peculiar Crimes Unit might be able to solve. But Bryant has lost his nerve following a disastrous public appearance, and May is fighting to keep the unit from closure. Worse still, the case of the Leicester Square Vampire, an unsolved mystery from the past that changed both their lives, has returned to haunt them. With a sinister modern-day highwayman bringing terror to the London streets in a series of crimes each more puzzling than the last, the elderly detectives track their suspect to an exclusive private school and a deprived housing estate. But just when they need all the help they can get to uncover a new breed of criminal, the highwayman is hailed a national hero, and the public turns against them...Bryant & May are back on the case in an adventure that explores the dark side of celebrity, the conflicts of youth, age and class, and the peculiar myths of old London.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0553817205
  • 9780553817201
  • 181,626

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"Genuinely witty and original...madly entertaining. Fowler is in exuberant form here...the suspense is thrilling" NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Places Fowler in the first rank of contemporary mystery writers" PUBLISHERS WEEKLYshow more

About Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of fifteen novels, including the Bryant & May mysteries Full Dark House - winner of the 2004 BFS August Derleth Award for Best Novel, The Water Room - nominated for the CWA People's Choice Dagger Award, Seventy-Seven Clocks and the new novel White Corridor. He lives in King's Cross, London. Visit www.christopherfowler.co.ukshow more

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"Genuinely witty and original...madly entertaining. Fowler is in exuberant form here...the suspense is thrilling"show more

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It was a murder tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit. A controversial artist is found dead, displayed as part of her own outrageous installation. No suspects, no motive, no evidence. Only a witness who swears the killer was a masked highwayman on a black horse... In the face of others' disbelief, it's very much business as usual for the octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Then the perpetrator is spotted at the scene of his next outlandish murder. It seems he's intent on ridding London of certain minor celebrities while becoming one himself as the tabloids begin stirring up 'Highwayman Fever'. Baffled by a case that involves everything from bitter artistic rivalries and sleazy sex to gang warfare and the Knights Templar, Bryant and May know that, to crack it, they must use every orthodox - and unorthodox - means at their disposal. Not least because it looks as though these deaths are connected to a decades-old killing spree that nearly destroyed the two partners once before...and might yet again. The Bryant & May mysteries: 'Witty, sinuous and darkly comedic storytelling from a Machiavellian jokester' Guardian 'Marvellous...these are really, really great reads, absolutely full of London detail' BBC Radio 4's 'Front Row' 'The scariest outing yet...Fowler leads his readers in one direction while preparing an out-of-the-blue whammy denouement' Scotsman ''Very cleverly plotted...simultaneously scary and alluring' Daily Telegraphshow more
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