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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Christopher Fowler's The Memory of Blood.

Arthur Bryant and John May—and their team of proud eccentrics in the Peculiar Crimes Unit—have been given only one week to hunt down a murderer they’ve already caught once, but who somehow escaped from a locked room and killed one of their best and brightest. Facing a shutdown, Bryant and May, men of opposite methods, learn that their nemesis, expertly disguised, has struck again—and now he is luring them down into the vast labyrinth of tunnels and dark shadows of the London Underground. But soon they will discover a fresh mystery—one as bizarre as anything they have ever faced.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Sep 28, 2010
ISBN: 9780553907896
List price: $11.99
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My favorite of all the Peculiar Crimes books. But I'll always think of the Tube as a sad place from now on.read more
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The Peculiar Crimes Unit is sure to be axed. Still reeling from Mr. Fox's murder of one of their own, and then having to cope with his audacious escape while under their custody, the spotlight on the unit's performance couldn't be any hotter. The PCU has just been relocated to a warehouse that isn't fit for the vermin already in residence. They don't have any electricity, or safe electricity anyway, and the floors seem to have disappeared altogether in some areas. To top things off they've also been given a deadline of a week to catch the elusive killer, Mr. Fox, or be shut down for good. And just to make things a little more challenging there is someone targeting people in the London Underground and the bodies are mounting. The perpetrator is never caught on any of the system's network of cameras and rumors abound about a supernatural figure lurking in the abandoned tunnels. Demoralized, understaffed, and let's face it aging, it's not looking good for the unit charged with protecting the public confidence. Arthur Bryant and John May, the octogenarian crime team, are approaching the situation in their own way with some old fashioned detective work, a few magic tricks, a tarot card reader, and the application of an extensive knowledge of London history aided by a collection of moldering tomes. One or the other of them is sure to figure it out. They do have a week, don't they?If you haven't already caught this series you really should give it a try. It is smart, funny and best of all unexpected in this age of one size fits all predicability.read more
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This is a continuation to Bryant & May On the Loose, although each book stands alone. It is the 8th in the series, and although I have not read the first 6, I intend to go back and read them because I enjoyed books 7 and 8 immensely. They are very easy to read, the dialog rings true, and the mysteries are challenging. In addition, each contain some interesting facts about London, which are written into the story.read more
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My favorite of all the Peculiar Crimes books. But I'll always think of the Tube as a sad place from now on.
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The Peculiar Crimes Unit is sure to be axed. Still reeling from Mr. Fox's murder of one of their own, and then having to cope with his audacious escape while under their custody, the spotlight on the unit's performance couldn't be any hotter. The PCU has just been relocated to a warehouse that isn't fit for the vermin already in residence. They don't have any electricity, or safe electricity anyway, and the floors seem to have disappeared altogether in some areas. To top things off they've also been given a deadline of a week to catch the elusive killer, Mr. Fox, or be shut down for good. And just to make things a little more challenging there is someone targeting people in the London Underground and the bodies are mounting. The perpetrator is never caught on any of the system's network of cameras and rumors abound about a supernatural figure lurking in the abandoned tunnels. Demoralized, understaffed, and let's face it aging, it's not looking good for the unit charged with protecting the public confidence. Arthur Bryant and John May, the octogenarian crime team, are approaching the situation in their own way with some old fashioned detective work, a few magic tricks, a tarot card reader, and the application of an extensive knowledge of London history aided by a collection of moldering tomes. One or the other of them is sure to figure it out. They do have a week, don't they?If you haven't already caught this series you really should give it a try. It is smart, funny and best of all unexpected in this age of one size fits all predicability.
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This is a continuation to Bryant & May On the Loose, although each book stands alone. It is the 8th in the series, and although I have not read the first 6, I intend to go back and read them because I enjoyed books 7 and 8 immensely. They are very easy to read, the dialog rings true, and the mysteries are challenging. In addition, each contain some interesting facts about London, which are written into the story.
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This is book 8 in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series by Christopher Fowler featuring dectectives Bryant and May. Bryant and May are a Felix and Oscar pair trying to catch a serial killer who finds his victims amongst the London Tube. This is the first book in the series that I have read and found that it didn't matter that I didn't read the other 7. It's a light read and very enjoyable.
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The Peculiar Crimes Unit is looking for “Mr. Fox,” who killed one of their colleagues while escaping from the unit’s jail in the last book. Plus they have a week to solve a series of seemingly random murders in the London Underground or else the PCU will be disbanded.Led by the legendary (and elderly) odd couple of John May and Arthur Bryant, the PCU has been around for eons, taking on the most difficult cases, those that involve particularly sensitive, potentially explosive or just plain unusual crimes that have the potential for upsetting the masses and/or the status quo. But the Unit’s old-fashioned ways don’t set right with the advocates of “modern” policing who hold sway today.Not to worry, however, we know that as long as Christopher Fowler continues to write these books, the PCU will live one in one way or another. I and all the PCU’s fans are hoping that’s a good long time.
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