The Lonely Hour Arrives!
In Which Mr May Makes A Mistake And Mr Bryant Goes Into The Dark
It’s Bryant & May’s 17th outing, not counting their graphic novel, and their longest novel. We’re in central London just after Christmas, in the present day, where the friendless and lonely are being picked off by a man with a plan. I tell you his name right at the start of the book, and tell you he did it. And then I will proceed to confound you because hey, mystery writer.
I’m thrilled with this one. After ‘Hall of Mirrors’ (also out now in paperback) it was a wonderful chance to get the whole gang back together and really put them through their paces, so expect a few shocks along the way, especially in the final pages. You can also expect abstruse discussions on everything from old London music hall acts to occult bookshops.
The novel will be launched on March 21st when I’ll be discussing it at Waterstone’s Covent Garden, and you can come along by letting them know here. It’s a free event but you need to make a reservation. Then we’ll be going to the atmospheric old pub where Mr Bryant heads for a beer in the book…the Lamb & Flag. With any luck it will be pissing down. Either way,, it’ll be a proper London evening, guv, an’ no mistake!
ARTHUR BRYANT; How can anyone be lonely in a city of nine million people? They attach themselves to you like barnacles. Look at me, I’m so popular that people actually cross the street to avoid me. They fear being drawn into my gravitational orbit.