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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Fowler Narrator: Tim Goodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bryant & May Series Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781464012891
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In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters—and how along the way they 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 the Underworld 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beckie | 2/10/2014

    " I was hopefully optimistic when I found this book, but found the first half tedious and slow. It picked up about midway through giving me hope that I would not be dissatisfied with my choice. In the end I think the book should have been given more time to develop characters, relationships and plots. Sometime I felt clueless as to what was going on, or how a conclusion was being drawn, often flipping back through the book trying to figure it out myself eventually giving up and leaving it up to assumption. I think if given the opportunity this story could shine brighter. All in all the history was fascinating, the story mildly entertaining, and I will take a chance with his next PCU book :) . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/9/2014

    " Bryant and May are two young detectives in Blitz-torn London, heading up the new Peculiar Crimes Unit. Peculiar sums up Arthur Bryant well, a sharp literary brain with an eye for the occult and a dodgy ticker. May is more the ladies' man: neat, methodical and held back from active service for potential code-breaking duties. This mystery takes place in a theatre where the show must go on whatever the cost to the cast. Engaging characters, a nice structure (told in flashback from the modern day) and ample humour make this a promising debut for these "matchless" detectives. I will read on eagerly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 1/5/2014

    " Loved this, not the same as Nero Wolfe books, but great language use, had to look up quite a few words, which was great fun and really was interested to read the parts set during the Blitz, gave me a very different view of what London may have been like then...I'm sucked into this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Neal | 12/17/2013

    " At no point in this book could I remember which of the two main characters was the weird one and which was the rational one. It didn't matter; there was one weird guy and one rational guy, and there you go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/17/2013

    " A thoroughly enjoyable mystery set primarily in 1940s London, at the time of the Blitz. I plan on reading more of May's & Bryant's exploits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thebarrys10 | 12/11/2013

    " Quite disturbing to me because of violent murders, but the story was intriguing! The setting is England during the war and in a thearter where a play is being performed. I didn't guess who the murderer was and I liked that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/2/2013

    " I found the storytelling to be choppy and the numerous era-specific details more distracting than descriptive. Perhaps the later books are better written, but I'm not planning to read more of the series. Overall, a good mystery told in a disappointing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/28/2013

    " These are pretty good. They are set in London, and there's a lot of British terminology that makes it a bit confusing, but I'm interested to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/21/2013

    " As most things English, this book has taken me some time to become addicted. But now, sadly, I must go off in search of another one of these delightful mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/16/2013

    " I especially enjoyed this work, because the characters are unique and comical. Not only the that, The concept of an unusual crimes unit adds a lot of different twists to the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janne | 11/12/2013

    " Brilliant cross between old school crime novel and gothic horror story set in London in the 1940s and the 1990s... The first I read in the series after having known Fowler as a modern day horror writer of gothic stories based on his love of London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 10/13/2013

    " A fun mystery... actually two mysteries at the same time in a way, with flashbacks. The interplay between the the two main characters should be a lot of fun in the following books from the series... nice Felix and Oscar vibe :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 4/7/2013

    " I discovered Christopher Fowler about a year ago. I love every one of his Bryant & May mysteries - if you're a fan of the genre, you can't go wrong! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Hildebrand | 3/20/2013

    " Great book! I've never been a big mystery fan, but Bryant and May are great characters, and I truly did not guess the ending (which is unusual for me). Can't wait to read the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cece | 3/2/2013

    " The time-jumping takes a little getting used to, but overall I am happy to discover a series I have not read that already is several books in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steff | 12/13/2012

    " This book was wild. In a good and crazy way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/2/2012

    " Highly enjoyable read about two surprisingly active detectives in their eighties. Interesting to get a history lesson in a work of fiction. Intelligent writing with good dark humour which left me chuckling alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 arjuna | 10/2/2012

    " Great fun! how did I never stumble across this guy before - lovely mix of cop and weirdity, well-written, vibrant characters. Absolutely determined to seek out everything else in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 6/20/2012

    " This mystery series is highly reviewed, but it was too filled with male cleverness to resonate with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/7/2012

    " It's always a pleasure to find a good new mystery author. The main characters (from the very appropriately named Peculiar Crimes Unit) and storyline were quirky without becoming annoying. I also enjoyed the setting, which moved between London during the Blitz and present-day London. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Fowler

Christopher Fowler was born in Greenwich, London. He is the multi-award-winning author of thirty novels and twelve short story collections, and the author of the Bryant & May mystery novels. His first bestseller was Roofworld. Subsequent novels include Spanky, Disturbia, Psychoville, and Calabash. He spent many years working in film. He has written comedy and drama for BBC radio, including Radio One’s first broadcast drama in 2005. He writes for the Financial Times, London’s Independent, Black Static magazine, and many others. His graphic novel for DC Comics was the critically acclaimed Menz Insana. His short story “The Master Builder” became a feature film entitled Through the Eyes of a Killer, starring Tippi Hedren and Marg Helgenberger. He is the winner of the Edge Hill Prize and the Last Laugh Award. After living in the USA and France, he is now married and lives in King’s Cross, London, and Barcelona, Spain.