In Fowler’s exceptional 17th novel featuring Arthur Bryant and John May of London’s Peculiar Crimes Unit (after 2018’s Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors), the PCU investigates a murder committed with a trocar, a surgical instrument normally used to drain body fluids. A man wearing a pig mask, Hugo Blake, used it on Dhruv Cheema, who worked in his family’s fashion business. After hanging Cheema upside down in Hampstead Heath, within a circle of objects associated with satanic rituals, Blake stabbed him in the neck. The next night, Blake stabs another man in the neck before throwing his body over a bridge into the Thames. Fowler maintains suspense by alternating between Blake’s bloody campaign and the PCU’s desperate efforts to stop it by trying to find a connection between the victims. Meanwhile, Bryant and May’s decades-old partnership is tested as never before as the two argue fiercely over how to proceed. This whydunit is the epitome of an intelligent page-turner. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 08/29/2019 Release date: 12/03/2019 Genre: Mystery/Thriller
During the Covid-19 crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below.