Full Dark House (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #1)

Full Dark House (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #1)

by Christopher Fowler
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Full Dark House (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #1) by Christopher Fowler

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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ISBN-13: 9780553587142
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/2005
Series: Peculiar Crimes Unit Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.66(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of the award-winning Full Dark House and nine other Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries: The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, Ten Second Staircase, White Corridor, The Victoria Vanishes, Bryant & May on the Loose, Bryant & May off the Rails, The Memory of Blood, and The Invisible Code. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next Peculiar Crimes Unit novel.

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Full Dark House (Peculiar Crimes Unit Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
KKR More than 1 year ago
I have spent many weeks in London over the years, so I was prepared to like this first in a series of novels about an offbeat crime-solving team in that city. I read this novel and its sequels with my A to Z street guide in hand. While the present time focus is on a terrorist bombing of their headquarters, or so it seems, the back story tells of the very first case the detective team of Bryant and May ever worked on together, at a theater during the Blitz in 1942. It was engrossing--both complex and inventive, but also humorous and ironic. I immediately ordered every other novel in the series, and I am now on the latest, published in November 2008,called The Victoria Vanishes. The Victoria in question is not the train station, as I had first believed, nor the express train to Brighton from that station or to and from Gatwick, but a pub named the Victoria Cross. As befits Bryant's (and Fowler's) fascination with London, we need a history of London pubs in order to solve the pub murders accurately. I hope these old guys go on forever.
cincmom More than 1 year ago
A little slow at the start but I couldn't put the book down after the first 50 or so pages. Nice character development.
ManiB More than 1 year ago
Fowler is a wonderful author and the first book in his Bryant and May goes to prove that. You'll be left guessing up until the very end and love every moment of it. The characters are dynamic and it has been an absolute treat to have stumbled across this author.
SkatesNYC More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It had great quirky characters, history, humor. Cant wait to read the rest of the series.
BookWorm8 More than 1 year ago
I read books from several genres but I haven't picked up a mystery in a while. This book got me completely hooked on mysteries again! I've already bought another book from the same author to read. The appealing quality is the flashbacks to WWII era London juxtaposed with current terrorist situations in London. The similarities and differences from each era are very interesting. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book cover caught my eye I must admit. (I'm all about the marketing.) I found it slow going. Usually, I am a very fast reader, but just couldn't get into this one. I've picked it up and put it back down about three times now and am only about 1/4 of the way through. I will finish it eventually, but just haven't found myself that interested. I normally start and finish a book in a day, but this one hasn't grabbed me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Detective Sergeant Janice Longbright learns from long time Detective John May that an explosion killed his peer Detective Arthur Bryant. John and Arthur first met when the Peculiar Crimes Unit was established in 1940 and they investigated a weird murder of a dancer at the Palace Theatre. That case with its odd occult like feel forms the start of a long time friendship and partnership.................................. Now both octogenarians, it appears that Arthur was writing his memoirs when a six decades old bomb from the World War II Blitz exploded and killed him. John, who had talked to his buddy just prior to his death, finds a design of the Palace amongst the ruins of Bryant¿s residence. Was his partner killed because someone wants the sixty plus years old crime to remain cold or was this just an accident caused by the victim¿s own absent minded brilliant lifestyle? John believes murder has occurred and he plans to prove it...................................... FULL DARK HOUSE is a terrific police procedural that uses an occult like homicide from 1940 as the motive for a modern day killing. The story line is driven by the octogenarian John and to a degree supplemented by his long time detective partner Arthur though the latter is dead and appears more as either flashback thoughts or the victim. The sleuthing is fabulous and the support cast realistically add depth to the hero, but when all is said and done this novel belongs to dedicated John, who somewhat obsessed in solving his pal¿s death hopefully is around for a decade or two solving more London murders............................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very good plot. Didn't like jumping back and forth in time with out transition markers. But the twisty plot redeemed it. Slow read at times. I do like it enough that I bought a few more of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They story's main characters are likeable quirky and the writer can set a good mood. But for me, the story moved too slow, the British terminology and theater references were confusing, and worst of all - the ending felt like a cheat. I won't be in a hurry to busy another. Not to my liking. Sorry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a great series. They do get better as well.
pat99 More than 1 year ago
I rarely stop reading a book once i've started, but this one was just not very compelling. It starts with a newly retired female detective, which is interesting, except then the book has almost nothing to do with her. Then we get the two main character detectives, who are pretty interesting. But the mystery is not very interesting, and the author does not make it clear which of the many dull characters in the theater we should be remembering, or paying attention to, or anything. We don't have enough information to like or dislike them or even care. Meanwhile, we are given many, many details of items that exist in old theaters, but it is not clear which of these we should remember, or if they are important at all. I heard good things about this series, so I was very disappointed in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A two for one! Jumping back and forth between eras trying to solve crimes of past and present! The reader must stay engaged so as not to miss the important clues along the way!
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Good characters and interesting plot
MCCJ More than 1 year ago
Well put together storyline with engaging characters. Good read.
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