Ten Second Staircase: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Paperback)

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A quirky cast of character from the Department of Peculiar Crimes
investigate the murder of a controversial artist who is found drowned at
the scene of her art installation. The only witness describes a suspect
dressed as a highwayman riding a black stallion. The New York Times
said of the main characters, "They're old, they're cranky and their
chaotic work habits inevitably lead to disaster. But life always seems
livelier whenever Arthur Bryant and John May are on the case."

— Julie

Description


It’s a crime tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit: a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation. No suspects, no motive, no evidence—but this time they do have an eyewitness. A twelve-year-old claims the killer was a cape-clad highwayman atop a black stallion. Whoever the killer really is, he seems intent on killing off enough minor celebrities to become one himself. As “Highwayman Fever” grips London, Bryant and May, along with the newest member of the Unit, May’s agoraphobic granddaughter, April, find themselves sorting out a case involving artistic rivalries, sleazy sex affairs, the Knights Templars, feuding street gangs, and a decades-old crime spree that split up their partnership once before—and threatens to end it again…with murder.

About the Author


Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of the award-winning Full Dark House and nine other Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries: The Water Room, Seventy-Seven Clocks, Ten Second Staircase, White Corridor, The Victoria Vanishes, Bryant & May on the Loose, Bryant & May off the Rails, The Memory of Blood, and The Invisible Code. He lives in London, where he is at work on his next Peculiar Crimes Unit novel.

Praise For…


“The team of John May and Arthur Bryant…have the title ‘Coolest Old Men’ in a lock.…I’d follow these two guys anywhere.” —New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Fowler is in exuberant form here…the suspense is thrilling.” —New York Times Book Review

“A treat.” —Boston Globe

“This fine effort places Fowler in the first rank of contemporary mystery writers.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553385564
ISBN-10: 0553385569
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: September 30th, 2008
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Peculiar Crimes Unit
 

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