‘Strange Tide’ US-Style Is Out Today!
‘Is there anyone else in the crime genre currently writing anything as entertainingly off-the-wall as Christopher Fowlerâ€™s Bryant and May series? Fowler eschews all recognisable genres, though the cases for his detective duo have resonances of the darker corners of British Golden Age fiction. And if you aren’t already an aficionado â€“ and have a taste for the outrÃ© â€” I suggest you try Strange TideÂ and find out what the fuss is about.’ â€“ Crime Time Magazine
‘Strange Tide’ is out today in America. My pals over there are running a little later than in the UK but the gap is closing nicely now. From ‘The Bleeding Heart’ onwards, the books feel as if they’ve started to become broader and more epic in scope, and ‘Strange Tide’ continues that expansiveness into an area I’ve not explored much in the past – the great river that runs through London. The book stands alone from the others – as do they all, really; they certainly don’t have to be read in order. In fact, I would much rather you didn’t. I always include a catch-up section near the start of each novel.
In three months there will be another volume, ‘Wild Chamber’, and of course the delightful audio editions will continue to appear, and the book is available in an e-edition. There are now very few style changes between the US and the UK versions, with only a tiny handful of the most extreme ‘deep English’ phrases removed for clarity.
In which Mr May Hunts a Riverside Killer
And Mr Bryant Gets Into Hot Water
The river Thames runs through London like an artery. When a young woman is found chained to a post in the tide, no-one can understand how she came to be drowned there. At the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Arthur Bryant and John May find themselves dealing with an impossible crime committed in a very public place.
Soon they discover that the river is giving up other victims, but as the investigation extends from the coast of Libya to the nightclubs of North London, it proves as murkily sinister as the Thames itself. Thatâ€™s only part of the problem; Bryantâ€™s rapidly deteriorating condition prevents him from handling the case, and he is confined to home. To make matters worse, his partner makes a fatal error of judgement that knocks him out of action and places everyone at risk.
With the PCU staff baffled as much by their own detectives as the case, the only people who can help now are the battery of eccentrics Bryant keeps listed in his diary, but will their arcane knowledge save the day or bring disaster? Even when thereâ€™s a clear suspect in everyoneâ€™s sights the one thing thatâ€™s missing is any scrap of evidence.
As the investigation comes unstuck, the whole team gets involved in some serious messing about on the river. In an adventure thatâ€™s as twisting as the river upon which itâ€™s set, will there be anything left of the Peculiar Crimes Unit when itâ€™s over?
MAY: I watched you head off into the fog and honestly thought Iâ€™d never see you again.
BRYANT: I have the theatrical gene. I said goodbye to London, but London isnâ€™t quite finished with me yet.