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The Water Room

Originally built to house the workers of Victorian London, Balaklava Street is now an oasis in the heart of Kentish Town and ripe for gentrification. But then the body of an elderly woman is found at Number 5. Her death would appear to have been peaceful but for the fact that her throat is full of river water. It falls to the Met s Peculiar Crimes Unit, led by London s longest-serving detectives, Arthur Bryant and John May, to search for something resembling a logical solution. Their initial investigations draw a blank and Bryant s attention is diverted into strange and arcane new territory, while May finds himself in hot water when he attempts to save the reputation of an academic whose knowledge of the city s forgotten underground rivers looks set to ruin his career. In the meantime, the new owner of Number 5 is increasingly unsettled by the damp in the basement of her home, the particularly resilient spiders and the ghostly sound of rushing water . . . Pooling their information to investigate hitherto undiscovered secrets of the city, Bryant and May make some sinister connections and realize that, in a London filled with the rich, the poor and the dispossessed, there s st
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The matchless if cantankerous detective duo of Inspectors Bryant and May investigate murky and murderous goings on beneath London's streets.

About the Author

Christopher Fowler is the acclaimed author of eleven novels, including Roofworld, Spanky, Psychoville and Soho Black, and nine collections of short stories including City Jitters, Sharper Knives, Uncut, The Devil in Me and Demonized. He is a director of the film-marketing company Creative Partnership and lives in London with an incredibly unmotivated cat. The Water Room is the second Bryant & May mystery, the first, Full Dark House, is also published by Bantam Books and the new Bryant & May mystery, Seventy Seven Clocks, is now available from Doubleday. u>


"'Atmospheric, hugely beguiling and as filled with tricks and sleights of hand as a magician's sleeve...this is English gothic at its eccentric best; a combination of Ealing comedy and grand opera: witty, charismatic, occasionally touching and with a genuine power to thrill'" * JOANNE HARRIS * "'An evocatively reverential tribute to the genre...the clash of temperaments between Bryant and May makes them great detectives'" * TIME OUT * "'The striking gothic setting of London under fire proves fruitful ground for a bizarre dark comedy of an investigation...bawdy, unpredictable and at times hilarious, with a cast of wonderful grotesques'" -- Maxim Jakubowski * GUARDIAN * "'A writer of extraordinary imagination'" -- Sunday Express "'Very cleverly plotted...simultaneously scary and alluring'" -- Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

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