Shedding A Tear For Bryant & May
Well, I just wrote the final page of ‘The Memory Of Blood’, Bryant & May’s ninth novel. In the last chapter I usually concentrate just on Bryant & May themselves, although I’ve been involving Raymond Land more lately. But it’s always a chance to say a few things I feel about them. It’s usually an elegiac moment that comes after a huge amount of plot information.
So I got to their final chapter this time and their little conversation in what is feeling increasingly like an extended farewell, and I got ridiculously choked up. It didn’t help that I was sitting here playing the soundtrack to the film ‘Evening’, which is incredibly sad. But for me, this is the key to the series – the unspoken bond that exists between these two characters who have known each other all their lives.
So I’m going to tell you now. There will be a tenth book – I’ve just signed the contract. It will be called ‘The Invisible Code’, and it may not get picked up in the UK. So far, ‘The Memory Of Blood’ has a US release, but not a UK one. That may well change, but it’s not a certainty. If I find that neither book gets put out in my native country, it will be a fairly clear indication that it’s time to call it a day.
Of course, if ‘The Invisible Code’ is the last book, it will be quite different in tone to the one I had planned. So I hope the decision will be made before I start it, as it will affect the outcome. Maybe I should hedge my bets and shove Bryant off the Reichenbach Falls just in case.
Meanwhile, Bryant & May’s own website is nearly finished, and you’ll be able to find all sorts of goodies on it. Details to follow…