The Thames is London's most important yet neglected artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no one can understand how she came to be drowned there. That's only part of the problem. Bryant's deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case. To make matters worse, May makes a fatal error of judgment that knocks him out of action.
In an adventure that's as twisting as the river, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when it's over?
"Devilishly clever." (Val McDermid)
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for English History fans
Welcome back Bryant and May!
The boys are back and are most welcome! Thank you Christopher Fowler for creating these wonderful characters and thank you Tim Goodman for bringing them to life. Having left Arthur Bryant last time on a bridge over the Thames, it is fitting that this story’s journey through the labyrinth of London is on that very river, coursing through the heart of the city. The plot is full of the usual twists with seemingly unconnected bits slowly being fitted together. In this one, the plot didn’t quite grab me quite as much as in past books but to be honest it isn’t the intricate plotting as good as it is that draws me to this series - it’s the characters and their interactions, the feeling and the humor, and what I learn about London and many arcane subjects. There are some interesting developments for the characters in this book and Fowler has managed to deal with the situation remaining from the last book in a very clever way. I am always entertained and enlightened by a Bryant and May book and this one is no exception. Bryant and May are delightful. More please.