Full Dark House

Full Dark House

Paperback - 2008
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When a bomb explodes in the office of London's most unusual police unit, it claims the life of its oldest detective, Arthur Bryant. As his surviving partner John May searches for clues to the bomber's identity, he finds his investigation taking him back to the day the detectives first met as young men in 1940.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2008, c2003
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780553385533
0553385534
Branch Call Number: Fowler, C
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 21 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

A long book, but one that keeps your interest. It jumps back and forth between modern day London and London in 1940 during the blitz. Most of the story is set in 1940, and that was certainly more interesting. As well as the mystery surrounding weird murders in a huge theater, the evocation of London being bombed was very effective.

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maipenrai
Dec 06, 2016

(The first book in the Bryant and May series)

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1_Great_Book
Sep 08, 2015

I am familiar with Bryant and May already, and I agree this was a tougher read with the time span jumps. You had to pay attention to subtle clues to time shifts, such as "The young Arthur...." instead of blatant notices to dates. Delightful to discover how they met and worked their first case together, forged their relationships with Longbright and Maggie Armitage, and how odd that one of the characters came back out of their past. I loved the structure of the theatre building for a peculiar crime scene (loads of dark nooks and crannies), and thought the mythology of the particular play was well enough explained if you aren't familiar with the stories.

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JackieFC13
Jan 15, 2014

This was alright! I was hoping it would be good from all the reviews but it was extremely confusing. There were so many characters, I couldn't keep up. Also going back and forth between the past and the future was too confusing. And the main character died in the first 2 pages of the book which really put me off. It was really creative once you get to the end but the book was just confusing. I might read the second but I'll need time first to get my head around it.

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athena14
Dec 25, 2013

May be too much for readers who lack knowledge of Greek mythology.

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22950009541673
May 20, 2011

Incoherent.

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gwinegarden
Aug 08, 2010

So different. Very enjoyable.

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kalio
Aug 03, 2010

Today, Arthur Bryant and John May are the oldest detectives in the London police department. When they first met in 1940, they were among the youngest. Thrown together when the Peculiar Crimes Unit?formed to solve unusual crimes that might otherwise strike a blow to London?s fragile morale?was created during World War II, Bryant and May are uniquely suited to their rather odd job. Bryant is an unkempt, unconventional believer in the supernatural; May, handsome and sensible, can be relied upon to be open-minded. Call them the Mulder and Scully of crime fiction, and you won?t be too far off the mark. Bryant and May?s is a partnership built to last?until one night, in modern London of the twenty-first century, a bomb in the department?s headquarters puts an end to Bryant?s long career. May, nearly eighty years old now but still sharp as a tack, is determined to solve his partner?s murder. He retraces Bryant?s last steps and is surprised to find that they lead back to the duo?s very first case together, a gruesome series of murders that plagued the dark passages of the Palace Theatre in 1940 while German bombs destroyed the city of London outside. In chapters that shift back and forth between May?s present-day investigation and the air raids of the Blitz, Full Dark House is a riveting mystery chock-full of forensics, suspects, history, and character. Author Christopher Fowler blesses Bryant and May with enough peccadilloes to be interesting, but the detectives are not mere caricatures; these are men with personality enough to fill a series of mysteries?and indeed, Full Dark House is one of seven whodunits to date featuring Bryant and May and their sixty-odd years of suspenseful crime solving.

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