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Christopher Fowler
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When I read about this trend my heart leapt. Could it actually mean that Bryant & May's time had come? Am I ahead of the curve for once? Apparently, a Christmas detective novel that's 70 years old has become a sleeper hit and resurrected interest in a long-forgotten crime writer. Mystery in White: A Christmas Crime Story by J Jefferson Farjeon is selling in "astonishing numbers", according to the…
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Christopher Fowler
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We're 'in discussion'. My people are talking to their people. We're running a few ideas up the flagpole and seeing who salutes. I get to play this game every couple of years. As my detective duo approach their twelfth full-length novel, I realise how much of the past decade I've spent discussing the idea of them being turned into a TV series. It sometimes seems that everyone wants to do it, but…
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Christopher Fowler
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'Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart' is getting some terrific reviews in the US, including this one from the New York Times's estimable Janet Maslin. I'm thrilled...oh, and that's the American cover, and yes, it's tangerine. (There was an earlier one in mauve) BRYANT & MAY AND THE BLEEDING HEART By Christopher Fowler 383 pages. Bantam Books. $26. Christopher Fowler's latest book is the 10th…
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Christopher Fowler
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I suspect that somebody, somewhere (possibly in the US) saw the manuscript of 'Bryant & May and the Burning Man', and leaked the story's new direction. However, they had the good grace to hold something back. So no, I'm not 'doing a Springfield' and killing off Crusty the Clown's father - there are some real changes in the book, and the biggest tragedy will hit the main characters. The publication…
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Christopher Fowler
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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…
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Christopher Fowler
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Remembering those Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes enigmatically refers to an untold case as 'that scandal of the Bohemian pilchard snatching' and moves on to the investigation at hand, I started smuggling references of missing cases into the Bryant & May novels at a very early stage. The Leicester Square Vampire was suitably sorted out (in a tale that explained Janice Longbright's…
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Christopher Fowler
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Don't believe that publishers spend their time waiting for authors to deliver. Much of our lives are spent waiting for publishers to decide. While I'm in a holding pattern over the fate of Bryant & May, and a number of other works, here's a Q&A I did recently about writing. 'The Bleeding Heart is the eleventh outing for your detectives and they're still going strong. A couple of elderly and grumpy…
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Christopher Fowler
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Submitted by Andrea Yang, erstwhile reader, proof that a bit of product placement can work wonders...
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Christopher Fowler
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The Memory Of Blood On a rainswept London night, the wealthy, unscrupulous Robert Kramer hosts a party in his penthouse just off Trafalgar Square. But something is wrong. The atmosphere is uncomfortable, the guests are on edge. And when Kramer's new young wife goes to check on their baby boy, she finds the nursery door locked from the inside. Breaking in, the Kramers are faced with an open window…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Casebook of Bryant & May (Graphic Novel) This book contains two illustrated untold cases for Bryant & May, which take them through the streets of London in search of the Soho Devil, and up the Telecom Tower to search for a severed hand. I worked with Keith Page, the brilliant artist of Commando Comics, to recreate Bryant & May as illustrations. I have a great affection for British comics, the…
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