Dead Good Value!
See that cover? There’s only Bryant and no May on it. Want to know why? Read on.
On the run-up to the arrival of ‘The Burning Man’ in hardback and ‘The Bleeding Heart’ in paperback, the wonderful folk at DeadGoodBooks areÂ going to be discounting ‘The Victoria Vanishes’ and half a dozen other books for the frankly ridiculous knockdown price of Â£1.99. They’ll also be making it available as an e-book. I hope they know what they’re doing because it seems a bit cheap to me. It’s all about ‘value for money’, a concept none of us left here in London can even remember anymore. As I understand it, the idea is to get a few of you Bryant & May neophytes hooked so that you’ll later buy or steal more copies in the series, like junkies.
This could go either way. Either you newbies (yes you in the jumper, don’t look at your friend, I’m talking to you) will indeed crave more Bryant & May and become hopelessly addicted, or you will hate me with a vengeance you feel loathe to describe and go out of your way to avoid my novels at all costs.
I’m prepared to take that risk. Â£1.99. Absurd. An author’s got to eat. Have you seen the price of biscuits these days? So I reckon you should only get one detective for two nicker, not both. Apparently you’ll get the fully monty though, with two detectives intact. It’s a disgrace.