Bryant & May 20th Anniversary Novel – Cover Revealed
What can I tell you about the upcoming Bryant & May novel that doesn’t give the whole game away? Almost nothing, it turns out, except that it’s the longest, and the last.
It’s long because I wanted to tell a bigger story, and the last because I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish another one.
The book explains why London could not have existed without London Bridge, and the plot comes full circle – only not in the way you expect. And out of respect to the intelligence of my regular readers I’m staying away from questions. You know me well enough by now.
But there will be knavery.Â I’ve even managed to play a trick on our voice actor in time for the audio version.Â Artist Max Schindler has hit a career best on the cover, which is now my favourite. There are a couple of anomalies on it that you’ll note, but the only actual mistake (to be rectified) is that May is wearing the glasses, not Bryant, just as he accidentally sported Bryant’s pipe on the cover of the very first volume two decades ago.
The book arrives early summer. Here’s some of the jacket copy.
May: â€˜I donâ€™t know why this is happening to us.â€™
Bryant: â€˜Iâ€™m afraid itâ€™s the fault of my predecessor.â€™
May: â€˜What are you talking about? You donâ€™t have a predecessor.â€™
Bryant: â€˜Oh, Iâ€™m afraid I do.â€™
It’s the kind of story that barely makes the news in London.Â WhenÂ 91 year-oldÂ Alice HoffmanÂ dies of neglect in her top floor flatÂ on a busy London road, the story is upheld as an example of what has gone wrong with modern society.
But detectives Arthur Bryant and John May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit have their doubts. Mrs Hoffman was once a government security expert, even though no-one can quite remember her. When a link emerges between the old lady and a diplomat trying to flee the country, it seems that an impossible murder has been committed.
Mrs Hoffman wasn’t alone. Bryant is convinced that other forgotten women with hidden talents are also in danger. And they all own models of London Bridgeâ€¦
With the help of some of their more certifiable informants, the detectives follow the strangest of clues in an investigation that leads them through forgotten alleyways in search of a desperate killer.
But just when the case appears to be solved and exasperated unit chief Raymond Land can retire, the detectives discover that Mrs Hoffman was smarter than anyone imagined. Thereâ€™s a bigger game afoot that has far more terrible consequencesâ€¦
The book will celebrate Bryant & May’s twentieth anniversary as their most lunatic case brings death and rebirth to London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit.