Bryant and May on the Loose, Paperback

Bryant and May on the Loose Paperback

Part of the Bryant and May series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Long regarded an anachronism and a thorn in the side of its superiors, the Peculiar Crimes Unit is to be disbanded.

For octogenarian detectives Arthur Bryant and John May, it seems retirement is now the only option.

But then a headless body is found in a freezer, and on the perimeter of a massive construction site near King's Cross, a gigantic figure has been spotted - dressed in deerskin and sporting antlers made of knives and suddenly, with limited resources and very little time, the PCU are back in business...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780553819694



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This is the first book I have read by Christopher Fowler and so (obviously) the only book I have read in the Bryant & May series. It is the seventh of the ten (so far) books and, if this book is indicative of the quality, then it is an excellent series. The story is an enjoyable tale of a ritualistic killer who appears to be evoking pagan rites in the Kings Cross area of London whilst the area is going through an important period of major redevelopment. Modern day London is brilliantly evoked, and there is plenty of historical detail along with old myths and legends. The Peculiar Crimes Unit (or PCU) for whom Bryant and May work, was disbanded shortly before this story starts so there is also a sub-plot around getting the old team back together. There are some great twists and turns and a surprisingly dark ending too. An entertaining, intriguing, wry, well written detective novel that made me feel very keen to read more of the Bryant and May books. 4/5

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The' Peculiar Crimes Unit' which is lead by Arthur Bryant and John May has once again been disbanded. The powers that be are however forced to bring it back,albeit with less power and virtually no equipment. The present case initially concerns a strange figure who appears in the guise of a stag,with horns made of knives,in a derelict area of London. He (or it) terrorises passers-by and wounds one of them. Is he a maniac or is it the spirit of Herne the Hunter ?The case becomes much darker with the arrival of 'Mr Fox'.