Bryant & May Off the Rails

Bryant & May Off the Rails

A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

Book - 2010
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Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crimes Unit novels have been hailed for their originality, suspense, and unforgettable characters. Now Arthur Bryant, John May, and their team of proud eccentrics have been given only one week to hunt down a murderer they've already caught once-and who is now luring them down into the darkest shadows of the London Underground.

The young man they seek is an enigma. His identity is false. His links to society are invisible. A search of his home yields no clues. The Peculiar Crimes Unit knows only this: Somehow Mr. Fox got out of a locked room and killed one of their best and brightest. Facing a shutdown, Bryant and May learn that their man, expertly disguised, has struck again in the world's oldest subway system. But as their search takes them into the vast labyrinth of tunnels that tie the city together, they discover a fresh mystery as bizarre as anything they have ever faced. . . . 
As the city blithely goes about its way, as tales of ghost stations and Underground legends emerge, Bryant and May, men of opposite methods, are each getting closer to what lies hidden at the heart of London's celebrated Tube-and to the madness that is driving their man to murder.

Sophisticated, fast-paced, and confounding until its final twist, Bryant & May off the Rails is Christopher Fowler dead on track and at the height of his power to beguile, bewitch, and entertain.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807202
Branch Call Number: M FOW
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: Bryant and May off the rails


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Aug 05, 2017

Still an enjoyable series, although I thought it was too long, with a bit much of Arthur's side-trips. I was looking forward to learning more about the London Underground, and although there is some arcane bits tossed in, there could have been more about the "rails." (One of the better books in the series, The Water Room, had lots of interesting stuff about London's underground rivers.) I also found it too complicated and was disappointed in -- not so much the solution -- but what set things in motion that led to the killings. (Sorry, would have to include major spoilers to be clearer than that.)

May 30, 2017

Don't forget how incredibly funny these detectives and their band of misfit but loyal and not infrequently sexy detectives are. Fowler's bitter, twisted and hilarious takedown of civil service and ministerial robots is satisfying especially combined with the mayhem our two heroes leave in their wakes. Oh, there is also a cat and bumbling handymen, a mad scientist and a witch or two - well, try out two or three of these. Not all will please, but if you don't find at least one that has you chuckling with pure pleasure then maybe Fowler isn't for you. Burning Man and Victoria Vanishes are my favorites but Off the Rails and latest Tides are also wonderful. Yes, some are quite dark, but never unleavened by humor, warmth, and friendship.

Lizbike Mar 31, 2011

New Series to me. A little bit mystery a little bit scifi. Quirke characters and London.

bookfanatic1979 Mar 30, 2011

Fowler’s books run one of two ways for me. Either I’m right there with the author when he pulls off his dénouement, or I’m completely confused as to who—and why—the killer is. Unfortunately, this was the latter. I hope the next one is better.

Jan 04, 2011

I love Bryant and May. Why hasn't anyone else commented yet to say they do too? The author is great with suspense, I finally rode the London Tube so I like this adventure in particular, the detectives are so... eccentric like Ellery Queen. How to explain? There's some very strange thinking going into their conclusions, and a lot of luck, and they're just such good books. Also some are terrifying, this one not so bad.

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