Full Dark House (Bryant and May #1) - Christopher Fowler

Edgy, suspenseful, and darkly comic, here is the first novel in a riveting new mystery series starring two cranky but brilliant old detectives whose lifelong friendship was forged solving crimes for the London Police Department's Peculiar Crimes Unit. In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both their first and last case — and how along the way the unlikely pair of crime fighters changed the face of detection.

A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of eighty-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half-a-century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues to the killer's identity, May finds his old friend's notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returned... with a killing vengeance.

It begins when a dancer in a risque new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet. Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits — and beyond. For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London's theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama. And it will take Arthur Bryant's unorthodox techniques and John May's dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural — a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of them...and is ready to claim the other.

Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all-too-human thriller about the hunt for an inhuman killer.

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Release date: 2003
Genres: thriller
Tags: british fantasy award
Updated: January 16, 2017

Bryant and May :: Series

Full Dark House (Bryant and May #1)
The Water Room (Bryant and May #2)
Seventy-Seven Clocks (Bryant and May #3)
Ten Second Staircase (Bryant and May #4)
White Corridor (Bryant and May #5)
The Victoria Vanishes (Bryant and May #6)
On the Loose (Bryant and May #7)
Off the Rails (Bryant and May #8)
The Memory of Blood (Bryant and May #9)
The Invisible Code (Bryant and May #10)
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart (Bryant and May #11)
The Burning Man (Bryant and May #12)
Strange Tide (Bryant and May #13)
Wild Chamber (Bryant and May #14)
Hall of Mirrors (Bryant and May #15)