Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Book Review: THE BURNING MAN BY CHRISTOPHER FOWLER


My Thoughts on the 12th novel in this popular series ......

THE BURNING MAN
BY
CHRISTOPHER FOWLER


Published:  26 March 2015
Publisher:  Doubleday


London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police.
But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him.
Using their network of eccentric contacts, elderly detectives Arthur Bryant and John May hunt down a murderer who adopts incendiary methods of execution. But they soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, rebellion, punishment and the legend of Guy Fawkes.
At the same time, several members of the PCU team reach dramatic turning points in their lives - but the most personal tragedy is yet to come, for as the race to bring down a cunning killer reaches its climax, Arthur Bryant faces his own devastating day of reckoning.

The Burning Man is the 12th book in the wonderful Bryant and May series.  
Arthur Bryant and John May are both senior detectives in the Peculiar Crimes Unit, which performs a unique invisible service, to prevent public disorder......and to investigate peculiar and unusual crimes.
This time, morale is low in the unit, their budget's been cut and they've had some bad publicity from a disgruntled tabloid hack.  It's also pretty quiet until a banking scandal breaks and riots break out in the City, and people are being killed in mysterious and horrific ways. 
As usual, Bryant and May bring their own unique style of investigating to the crimes.  Bryant is quirky and 'insensitive to the etiquette of small talk, a mobile time capsule' and May is a bit of a ladies man. 
The plot moves along at a steady pace, the two detectives sparking off each other, sometimes quite funny, sometimes sad, and I really liked both of them and their different way of working.
Plenty of twists and turns all make this a very readable novel which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend.

Special Thanks to Sophie at Transworld for sending me this book.

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