‘Bryant & May and the Burning Man’ Gets An Early Launch
Bryant & May 12; The Burning Man, or Bryant & May and the Burning Man, if you prefer – it makes no odds – has been an utter delight for me to write, and in many ways feels like the most rounded volume yet, even though the ending may prove a tad upsetting for some. My publisher, Transworld, is so pleased that it is fast-tracking the book from its original launch date of November 5th in order to get it into the shops much earlier than usual. It will now have an early spring launch, and will be with you in March 2015. The cover is once again by the superb David Frankland, and is one of the best yet.
I’m thrilled about this for many reasons. The book is longer than usual, which means more of it and less of a wait for regular readers, and it’s something of a benchmark book for me, bringing to an end the second big arc of the Bryant & May tales. It also launches on my birthday. Later this week I’ll be able to talk about the other book that’s being published next year.
As for the plot of ‘The Burning Man’, here’s the outline:
The Burning Man
In Which Mr May Finds A Firestarter
And Mr Bryant Loses His Bearings
London is under siege. A banking scandal is filling the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police.
But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using the chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit is called in to find a way of stopping him.
Using their network of eccentric contacts, elderly detectives Arthur Bryant and John May hunt down a murderer who adopts incendiary methods of execution. But they find their investigation taking an apocalyptic turn as the case comes to involve the history of mob rule, corruption, rebellion, punishment and the legend of Guy Fawkes.
At the same time, several members of the PCU team reach dramatic turning points in their lives – but the most personal tragedy is yet to come, for as the race to bring down a cunning killer reaches its climax, Arthur Bryant faces his own devastating day of reckoning.
‘I always said we’d go out with a hell of a bang,’ warns Bryant…