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 Hell 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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by Christopher Fowler
"A shocking fatality results when a bomb explodes in London's Peculiar Crimes Unit. John May searches for clues to the bomber's identity, and the investigation flashes back to the PCU's grisly first case when the young duo Bryant and May probed a series of ghastly crimes during the 1940 London Blitz. The action seamlessly shifts between 1940 and the 21st century, building suspense as a connection between both cases is revealed. Tim Goodman vividly conveys the details of wartime London while giving voice to a myriad of characters. His distinctive husky voice emphasizes Bryant's laconic personality. The tone of May's youthful eagerness and somber reproaches clearly contrast with Bryant's bizarre detecting methods and flights of fancy. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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