In Full Dark House, Christopher Fowler tells the story of both the first and last case of an unlikely pair of crime fighters - and how along the way they changed the face of detection.
A present-day bombing rips through London and claims the life of 80-year-old detective Arthur Bryant. For his partner John May, it means the end of a partnership that lasted over half a century and an eerie echo back to the Blitz of World War II when they first met. Desperately searching for clues to the killer’s identity, May finds his old friend’s notes of their very first case and becomes convinced that the past has returned ... with a killing vengeance.
It begins when a dancer in a risqué new production of Orpheus in Hell is found without her feet. Suddenly, the young detectives are plunged in a bizarre gothic mystery that will push them to their limits - and beyond. For in a city shaken by war, a faceless killer is stalking London’s theaters, creating his own kind of sinister drama. And it will take Arthur Bryant’s unorthodox techniques and John May’s dogged police work to catch a criminal whose ability to escape detection seems almost supernatural - a murderer who even decades later seems to have claimed the life of one of them ... and is ready to claim the other.
Filled with startling twists, unforgettable characters, and a mystery that will keep you guessing, Full Dark House is a witty, heartbreaking, and all-too-human thriller about the hunt for an inhuman killer.
©2003 Christopher Fowler (P)2003 W.F.Howes Ltd
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Yes, it is a good story well told with many details; history, character & plot development, & contemporary politics. With all that said, even to write this review I wanted to re-listen to the book to be sure of what wrote.
Not on the edge of my seat however; it is a detective mystery after all not a thriller. The story did motivate me to extend my listening.
The narration was a little distracting for me. Tim goodman did a good job with all the voices except for the young Arthur Bryant, who sounded the same as the young & aged Bryant. Thus, I downgraded the performance.
This is still a superb detective mystery. A real PG, no graphic sex, violence, & language. Albeit, an adult "who done it" in twists & turns. I will be adding more Bryant & May mysteries to my library.
I enjoyed the setting of wartime London for a murder mystery, and the descriptions of the Palace Theater.
I was somewhat put off by the performer mispronouncing fairly common words like "cadaver" and "grimace" repeatedly ( both, according to the reader, with a long A sound), as well as the voice he chose to use as Young Bryant sounding more like a man far older than his early 20's, as he is supposed to be.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
A few minor quirks with the narration and generally well read by Tim Goodman
The story does move between past and present and a couple of times where there was no break it became a 'huh?' moment. Nothing that really mattered too much as the gist quickly became obvious.
A light enjoyable story. Well yes there are murders or odd accidents. Some good quips from Arthur and enjoyable repartee. It was fun to revist "Orpheus in the Underworld" by Offenbach, which was being rehearsed while peculiar sudden deaths occurred. I actually downloaded a medley from the Operetta to remind me of some of the cheeky tunes..Christopher Fowler's writing was evocative as well as giving the atmosphere of London's streets noirish shadows and fog.
The solution to the deaths/murders was a little contrived and "no" it did not really spoil the listen overall.
I liked the characters and the setting very much. If you love classic British detective novels, this will probably make you feel nice and cozy. Also the theater atmosphere reminded me of Ngaio Marsh. I think I will probably listen to more in this series. The plot is a little improbable, but fun. This isn't realism, but who needs that all the time, anyways?
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