Arriving on August 2nd, ‘Bryant & May and the Invisible Code’ brings you a novel of witches, murder, madness, hidden clues (there’s one on the cover) and impossible crimes, all played out in some of London’s more unusual locations. It also brings a new home for Mr Bryant and his long-suffering landlady, several new characters and a new villain I’m rather pleased with, who’s based on a friend of mine (who may not be after he reads the book).
This time we’ll also have a competition wherein you can win an invitation to the launch in one of London’s ‘glittering’ *laughs sarcastically* launch venues, where you can get a free copy signed. And as I don’t have a contract that extends beyond this book, it may be the last time you see us all together.
The idea of the Peculiar Crimes Unit always hanging on by the skin of its teeth came from a quick study of my writing career. Although I’ve produced a number of books in runs, trios and quartets, I’ve never stayed in one place for very long, preferring to hop genres and confound publishers. It’s what’s kept me off the British bestseller lists (that and a love of esoteric subjects and long words) but I tend to think of myself as a jobbing writer who can turn his hand to most things.
Which is why my next book will be my personal take on the traditional supermarket thriller. I’m just finishing it now, and had to fight to stay within the genre because I’m predisposed to drift into unchartered waters at the drop of a hat. The discipline has been good for me, but I’ll reserve judgement until someone has actually read it.