Bryant & May: The Burning Man – Christopher Fowler
London is under siege. A banking scandal has filled the city with violent protests, and as the anger in the streets detonates, a young homeless man burns to death after being caught in the crossfire between rioters and the police.
But all is not as it seems; an opportunistic killer is using his chaos to exact revenge, but his intended victims are so mysteriously chosen that the Peculiar Crimes Unit us called in to find a way of stopping him.
I was gifted this book by the lovely people at Penguin Random House for review.
I must admit, at first glance, I wasn’t sure if this was something that would be my cup of tea, but I was interested to give it a try.
I seem to have a real aversion to reading anything set in the ‘present’ day, or at least that seems to have a sense of it being set in the modern day.. Don’t ask me why, I’m not too sure either.
Pushing this aside, I cracked on with the book nonetheless.
The story itself is set around the London riots, and the descriptions to set up the scene for this are very vivid, and sent me straight back to the images I had seen projected on the news at that time.
We are thrown straight in to the news of a homeless man who has been found burnt to death. It was a harrowing start to the story, but I found myself sucked in immediately.
The book itself is perfectly paced, and I found myself unable to put it down – I was desperate to find out ‘whodunnit’.
The characters of Bryant and May were wonderful, and I found them very relatable. The relationship between the two of them were great, and put me in mind of the kinds of police / investigator partnerships you see in crime and police shows.
A recommended read for anyone looking for something a little grittier (but with heart!) than your usual crime read.