The Water Room (Bryant and May #2) - Christopher Fowler

They are detection’s oddest couple: two cranky detectives whose professional partnership dates back half a century. Now Arthur Bryant and John May return in a case of multiple murder that twists through a subterranean course of the secrets, lies, and extreme passions that drive even ordinary men and women to the most shocking crimes...

They are living legends with a reputation for solving even the trickiest cases using unorthodox, unconventional, and often completely unauthorized methods. But the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed by Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant is one mistake away from being shut down for good. And when the elderly sister of Bryant’s friend is found dead in the basement of her decrepit house in Kentish Town, they find themselves on the verge of making exactly that mistake.

According to the coroner, Ruth Singh’s heart simply stopped beating. But why was a woman who rarely left the house fully dressed for an outing? And why was there river water in her throat? Convinced that the old lady didn’t die a natural death, the detectives delve into a murky case with no apparent motive, no forensics, and no clues. And they’ve barely launched their investigation when death claims another victim. Suddenly they discover some very unnatural behavior surrounding Ruth Singh’s death by “natural” causes — from shady real estate developers and racist threats to two troubled marriages, from a dodgy academician working London’s notorious “grey economy” to a network of antiquities collectors obsessed with Egyptian mythology. And running beneath it all are the sweeping tentacles of London’s vast and forgotten underground river system. As the rains pour down and the water rises, Bryant and May must rely on instinct, experience, and their own very peculiar methods to stem a tide of evil that threatens to drown them all.

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Release date: 2004
Genres: thriller
Updated: January 19, 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)