Cover of: Ten second staircase | Christopher Fowler

Ten second staircase

Published by Bantam Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

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--it's business as usual for the Unit's cantankerous founding partners, Arthur Bryant and John May. But this time they have an eyewitness. According to twelve-year-old Luke Tripp, the killer was a cape-clad highwayman atop a black stallion. As implausible as the boy's story sounds, Bryant and May take it seriously when "The Highwayman" is spotted again, striking a dramatic pose at the scene of his next outlandish murder. Whatever the killer's real identity, he seems intent on killing off a string of minor celebrities while becoming one himself. As the tabloids look to make a quick bundle on "Highwayman Fever," Bryant and May, along with the newest member of the Unit, May's agoraphobic granddaughter, April, find themselves sorting out a case involving an unlikely combination of artistic rivalries, sleazy sex affairs, the Knights Templars, and street gang feuds. To do it, they're going to have to use every orthodox--and unorthodox--means at their disposal, including myth, witchcraft, and the psychogeographic history of the city's "monsters," past and present.And if one unsolvable crime weren't enough, this case has disturbing links to a decades-old killing spree that nearly destroyed the partnership of Bryant and May once before...and may again. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is one murder away from being closed down for good--and that murder could be their own.From the Hardcover edition.

Edition Notes

Series
The Bryant & May mysteries
Genre
Fiction

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
823/.914
Library of Congress
PR6056.O846 T46 2006

The Physical Object

Pagination
356 p. ;
Number of pages
356

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23277666M
Internet Archive
tensecondstairca00fowl
ISBN 10
0553804499
LC Control Number
2005058949
Library Thing
1164745
Goodreads
1616899
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