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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler
Raymond Land, the chief of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, explains, the
individuals he oversees don’t follow the usual investigative
procedures most crime investigators do.
had things going on here I could never put in official reports. You
know they always say there’s a fine line between genius and
madness? Well. Here the line gets rubbed out.”
was this more true than in this latest installment of the popular
series. In Bryant
& May and The Bleeding Heart,
Christopher Fowler has the unorthodox crime solving unit transferred
over to work under the jurisdiction of the City of London.
might represent a small geographical area where blue collar crime is
more common than the type of more bizarre cases Arthur Bryant, John
May and their colleagues handle, but, don’t worry, they’ll manage
to find something suitably odd to deal with.
fact, in this instance grave robbery, murder, and the kidnapping of
the venerable ravens that call the Tower of London home all mix
together for a very entertaining and amusing puzzle that will once
again allow Bryant and May to showcase their singular investigative
most eccentric and eldest of the investigative team, Arthur Bryant
may be slowing down physically but his mind is still working just
fine, thank you, and he demonstrates his ability to think outside the
box in this case.
must deal with an old nemesis who makes him very uneasy, but he’s
able to rein in his own fears to deal with this extremely strange but
dangerous individual. Where the other detectives don’t see clues or
connections between suspects, Bryant does.
to Land how he operates, Bryant says, “You do not understand the
nature of our work… It’s wool-carding. Kept apart, people are
fundamentally decent and mean well, but when they’re put together
they get themselves into terrible knots. Our job is to disentangle,
clean and reweave the fibers of social life to produce a continuous
cord suitable for processing.”
investigation with its numerous twist, turns and unexpected
revelations will not only keep even the most jaded mystery fan
reading, but it will elicit a few chuckles along the way as well.
readers see the Bryant and May series as a CSI version of Grumpy Old
Men with a little Dickens toss in for flavoring. I won’t disagree
with that assessment. Christopher Fowler has carved a unique niche
in the annals of crime fiction for his memorable cast of characters
and he has discovered a very large and appreciative following of