White Corridor (Bryant & May)

White Corridor (Bryant & May)

Christopher Fowler

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0553804502

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


From using crackpot psychics to cutting-edge forensics, Arthur Bryant and John May are famous for their maddeningly unorthodox approach to solving crimes that the ordinary police cannot. Now Christopher Fowler, a new master of the classical detective story, * brings back crime detection s oddest and oldest couple to solve the ultimate locked room mystery.

It s an impossible crime a member of the Peculiar Crimes Unit killed inside a locked autopsy room populated only by the dead and to which only four PCU members had a key. And to make matters worse, the Unit has been shut down for a forced vacation and Bryant and May are stuck in a van miles away in the Dartmoor countryside during a freak snowstorm on their way to a convention of psychics.

Now, with Sergeant Janice Longbright in charge at headquarters, Bryant and May must crack the case by cell phone while trying to stop a second murder without freezing to death. For among the line of snowed-in vehicles, a killer is on the prowl, a beautiful woman is on the run from a man who seeks either redemption or another victim, and an innocent child is caught in the middle.

Weaving together two electrifying cases, White Corridor is an unforgettable triumph by turns hilarious and harrowing as two of detective fiction s most marvelous characters confront one of human nature s darkest mysteries: the ability to deceive, deny, and destroy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

for coffee and muffins. To her I owe a huge debt of thanks. Likewise to Howard Morhaim, surely too charming and wise to really be an agent. A special tip of the hat goes to the many local press and website reviewers who bring books to the attention of their readers. None of us can do it without you. Table of Contents NOTICE 1 SECOND HEART 2 THE SHAPING OF MEN 3 GOOD MORNING, ARTHUR 4 PECULIARITIES 5 OUBLIETTE 6 LAST DAY TOGETHER 7 PATHOLOGY 8 CONTROL 9 THAW 10 EMBARKATION 11

Bimsley’s shambling heroism impressed her no more than his offers to take her down Brick Lane for a curry with his mates. But they were shackled together now, sharing an office at the unit, and there was no alternative but to make the best of things. John May had planned it this way; he drew the best from staff by placing them in the proximity of opposites. Wary of her threat to stick him with a harassment charge, Colin Bimsley entered the office quietly and began leafing through the week’s

Bimsley’s shambling heroism impressed her no more than his offers to take her down Brick Lane for a curry with his mates. But they were shackled together now, sharing an office at the unit, and there was no alternative but to make the best of things. John May had planned it this way; he drew the best from staff by placing them in the proximity of opposites. Wary of her threat to stick him with a harassment charge, Colin Bimsley entered the office quietly and began leafing through the week’s

vehicle pulling up behind that. If they blocked the road, nobody would be able to leave. As he closed the window, the wind rose in an ear-battering bluster, and the flurries turned back into a blizzard. ‘Well, that’s it,’ he said, sitting back in his seat. ‘We’re not going anywhere tonight. We’ll have to wait for the emergency services to come and dig us out. You realise this wouldn’t have happened if we’d stayed on the main highway.’ ‘Don’t blame me,’ said Bryant indignantly. ‘You should have

her skills, but had dedicated her life to helping those left in pain and confusion by loss. May suspected she was more of a natural psychologist than most people, and this gave her abilities others ascribed to supernaturalism. Certainly, she had a phenomenal success rate in helping the PCU, even if her advice often seemed somewhat tangential to the investigation at hand. Stanley helped the detectives inside, and Maggie closed the rear door. Bryant’s watery blue eyes had trouble adjusting after

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