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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bantam Dell Pub Group
Publication date June 27, 2006
Pages 356
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780553804492
ISBN-10 0553804499
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.75 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $24.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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Hardcover
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from Bantam Dell Pub Group (June 27, 2006)
9780553804492 | details & prices | 356 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $24.00
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780553385564 Book cover for 9780553588316
 
Reprint edition from Bantam Dell Pub Group (September 30, 2008)
9780553385564 | details & prices | 356 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.66 lbs | List price $16.00
Reprint edition from Bantam Books (January 30, 2007)
9780553588316 | details & prices | 464 pages | 4.50 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $6.99
About: 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.

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