A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and a young homeless man burns to death after being caught between rioters and the police.
But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge. Arthur Bryant and John May soon find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, punishment, and the legend of Guy Fawkes.
©2015 Christopher Fowler (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"One of our most unorthodox and entertaining writers." (Sunday Telegraph)
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"A Mystery Masterpiece"
Mr. Fowler has done it once again, producing his most intricate and engaging book in this fabulous series. Bryant & May captured my heart and mind from the first novel.These are my favorite books in this genre ever! If you want a read that reaches out from the pages and pulls you into the story, The Burning Man is right up your alley. The characters are hugely multidimensional and interesting - and not only Bryant & May. Their cadre of colleagues, superiors, friends, consulting oddballs and others are never given short shrift by the author: they emerge as the essential glue that holds the plot together. Twists and turns abound - just when I thought I had figured things out, I was surprised. Love this quality about Mr Fowler's writing. I admit to sobbing at the end. Please, please, please don't let this be the last in this brilliant series. I will be truly heartbroken if it is.
"Another Fantastic Bryant and May Book"
I Love this whole series and have listened to all the books several times. Such a quirky British detective series with London being the back drop to all the adventures of the peculiar crimes unit. Tim Goodman does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and I am feeling a bit wobbly and bereft tonight as I finished the burning Man . If You haven't tried this series the books are stand alone but I would recommend reading them in order .
"Don't make this the last Bryant and May!!"
As a listener to the wonderful audio performances of this series, I am hoping that there will be more! Without spoiling it for others, upon finishing this book just now it seemed possible that there may not be. Dear Christopher Fowler, please, please, please write more. The characters are wonderful. The quality of their conversations and their astute observations on the lunacy of modern life are non-existent in any other writer's work. Where will you readers go to find such spot on social commentary in the guise of fiction if this series doesn't continue? I sometimes find myself repeating sentences played on my phone during a run so I can remember them to share with others because they so perfectly assess a modern social issue. This particular book was brilliant in that regard and I am hopeful more will follow with the same cast of characters that I adore.
"Loved the performance but..."
Tim Goodman is excellent!!
This is the second book I have purchased by Christopher Fowler. The narration is excellent. I also love the bits of historical facts, makes the story even more interesting. Why I will not purchase another is the political push that is included. Want to be entertained not turned off by the authors political rants.
"Good as ever"
I can do the ironing whilst listening to the story
Bryant, he is such a tricky, challenging and difficult old man, but with a heart of gold.
lively characterisation and emotional depth.
More of an intellectual reaction, I enjoy how the author slips in so much information on the history of London
I am amazed that the Bryant and May series have not yet made it to TV or film.
I've never read any of these books, however Tim Goodman brings these characters to life so well I couldn't contemplate reading them instead of listening.
It was as always all good, however it got quite tense towards the end.
Byrant will always be my favourite
The exchanges between Bryant and May at the end.
This one made me sad. The characters are so well rounded I wanted to give both Bryant and May a hug.
As always a good story, well written lots of dark humour. However it's bitter sweet with the loss of one character and perhaps the demise of another. I do hope it's not the end of Bryant and May the world would be a little less eccentric without them.
"Brilliant but sad"
As always I thoroughly enjoyed a Bryant & May book but this time with a sad ending. People who haven't heard any of these books - start at the beginning of the series and enjoy the journey, those who have already taken the ride this one won't disappoint
"Clever, thoughtful & touching"
Very well written as usual, with twists & turns that keep you guessing.
The narrater has such a gift, he brings the characters to life & you believe that you are there with them as it all happens.
I love the Bryant & May series & found myself feeling very emotional & shed some tears as the final chapter closed.
"Great Story, fantastically well narrated"
Another great Bryant & May adventure
The narrator is a breath of talented fresh air after some of the dross I've listened to. He should narrate every audio book!
Loved this story, being a Lewes resident really added to the fun. This is a fantastic series, the characters have become old friends making it even harder when things go bad.
"Another great Bryant and May story"
I think that Tim Goodman is such an excellent narrator, that I enjoy all the audio Bryant and May books more than print versions. I have read a couple in print, but prefer the audio version.
I don't really think there is anything much to compare it with.
Has to be Arthur Bryant, but love the others as well. Janice Longbright is also brilliant.
Hope it's not the last one.
"Is this farewell ?"
I have really enjoyed this series of books. The characters are written so well that they feel like old friends. If you are looking for a crime novel that is not gory has a strong story line coupled with humour then you can't go far wrong then Bryant and May.
"WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU?"
I absolutely adore Bryant and May, and everyone else in the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Every book in this series is different and unusual, and I never want to get to the end of a book. Tim Goodman is a wonderful narrator in as much as he doesn't need to say "said Bryant": his characters are so clearly delineated you know immediately who is speaking. Unfortunately, it looks like this book may be the last (the final chapter definitely leads you to that conclusion) and on reaching the end I found myself reduced to tears, which is exceedingly rare for me! I do hope Christopher Fowler has some magical trick up his sleeve whereby he can surprise us at least one more time?
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