Ten Second Staircase

Ten Second Staircase

[a Bryant & May Mystery]

Book - 2006
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It’s a crime tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit: a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation. No suspects, no motive, no evidence–it’s business as usual for the Unit’s cantankerous founding partners, Arthur Bryant and John May. But this time they have an eyewitness. According to twelve-year-old Luke Tripp, the killer was a cape-clad highwayman atop a black stallion.

As implausible as the boy’s story sounds, Bryant and May take it seriously when “The Highwayman” is spotted again, striking a dramatic pose at the scene of his next outlandish murder. Whatever the killer’s real identity, he seems intent on killing off a string of minor celebrities while becoming one himself.

As the tabloids look to make a quick bundle on “Highwayman Fever,” Bryant and May, along with the newest member of the Unit, May’s agoraphobic granddaughter, April, find themselves sorting out a case involving an unlikely combination of artistic rivalries, sleazy sex affairs, the Knights Templars, and street gang feuds. To do it, they’re going to have to use every orthodox–and unorthodox–means at their disposal, including myth, witchcraft, and the psychogeographic history of the city’s “monsters,” past and present.

And if one unsolvable crime weren’t enough, this case has disturbing links to a decades-old killing spree that nearly destroyed the partnership of Bryant and May once before…and may again. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is one murder away from being closed down for good–and that murder could be their own.

Baker & Taylor
Detective John May and his partner, Arthur Bryant, find themselves tackling a bizarre serial killer nicknamed "The Highwayman," whose crimes bear a striking similarity to other murders spanning London's history.

Blackwell North Amer
It's a crime tailor-made for the Peculiar Crimes Unit: a controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own outrageous installation. No suspects, no motive, no evidence - it's business as usual for the Unit's cantankerous founding partners, Arthur Bryant and John May. But this time they have an eyewitness. According to twelve-year-old Luke Tripp, the killer was a cape-clad highwayman atop a black stallion.
As implausible as the boy's story sounds, Bryant and May take it seriously when "The Highwayman" is spotted again, striking a dramatic pose at the scene of his next outlandish murder. Whatever the killer's real identity, he seems intent on killing off a string of minor celebrities while becoming one himself.
As the tabloids look to make a quick bundle on "Highwayman Fever," Bryant and May, along with the newest member of the Unit, May's agoraphobic granddaughter, April, find themselves sorting out a case involving an unlikely combination of artistic rivalries, sleazy sex affairs, the Knights Templars, and street gang feuds. To do it, they're going to have to use every orthodox - and unorthodox - means at their disposal, including myth, witchcraft, and the psychogeographic history of the city's "monsters," past and present.
And if one unsolvable crime weren't enough, this case has disturbing links to a decades-old killing spree that nearly destroyed the partnership of Bryant and May once before ... and may again. The Peculiar Crimes Unit is one murder away from being closed down for good - and that murder could be their own.

Baker
& Taylor

Just after his agoraphobic granddaughter joins the Peculiar Crimes Unit, Detective John May and his partner, Arthur Bryant, find themselves tackling a bizarre serial killer nicknamed "The Highwayman," whose crimes are not only terrorizing the city of London, but also bear a striking similarity to other series of murders spanning London's history. By the author of The Water Room. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780553804492
0553804499
Branch Call Number: FIC Fowle
Characteristics: 356 p.
Alternative Title: 10 second staircase

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May 22, 2017

The unique characters of Bryant & May, the seemingly inevitable demise of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, the bizarre murders and the sinister fleeting sightings of the apparent murderer combine to grip the reader until the very end. One wonders just how much longer these ageing detectives can keep going but hopes they will just keep on keeping on.

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maipenrai
Dec 06, 2016

(The fourth book in the Bryant and May series) Series
Bryant and May
1. Full Dark House (2003)
2. The Water Room (2004)
3. Seventy-Seven Clocks (2005)

5. White Corridor (2007)
6. The Victoria Vanishes (2008)
7. On the Loose (2009)
8. Off the Rails (2010)
9. The Memory of Blood (2011)
10. The Invisible Code (2012)
11. The Bleeding Heart (2014)
12. The Burning Man (2015)
13. Strange Tide (2016)
14. The Wild Chamber (2017)

19coco55 Dec 11, 2013

bob
there is a site called
www.stopyourekillingme.com/ that has authors books in order and new releases, along with a newsletter twice a month.
I find it to be quite valuable.

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DYN24
Jul 13, 2012

Books in series need the series number to be shown in the Item Details. This info used to be provided in the old catalogue, and makes a huge difference when searching and reserving through an on-line catalogue when one can't see the whole list of books published by that author.

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WomanOfMystery
Nov 17, 2011

I was really interested in "The peculiar Crimes Unit" but I think I started reading this series in the wrong place. I need to go back and read some of the earlier stories before I can judge the mystery here. The mystery itself is very "peculiar" but the Unit was always distracted by politics and previous mysteries that stretched back into previous books.

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