The water room / Christopher Fowler.Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2005Description: 356 p. : map ; 22 cmISBN: 9780553815535 Subject(s): Police -- England -- London -- Fiction | Older women -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Antiquities -- Collection and preservation -- Fiction | Real estate development -- Fiction | Drowning victims -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Mystery fiction. DDC classification: 823/.914 LOC classification: PR6056.O846 | W38 2005Online Resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Sample text
"The second Bryant & May mystery"--Cover.
"They are living legends with a reputation for solving even the trickiest cases using unorthodox, unconventional, and often completely unauthorized methods. But the Peculiar Crimes Unit headed by Detectives John May and Arthur Bryant is one mistake away from being shut down for good. And when the elderly sister of Bryant's friend is found dead in the basement of her decrepit house in Kentish Town, they find themselves on the verge of making exactly that mistake." "According to the coroner, Ruth Singh's heart simply stopped beating. But why was a woman who rarely left the house fully dressed for an outing? And why was there river water in her throat? Convinced that the old lady didn't die a natural death, the detectives delve into a murky case with no apparent motive, no forensics, and no clues. And they've barely launched their investigation when death claims another victim.".
"Suddenly they discover some very unnatural behavior surrounding Ruth Singh's death by "natural" causes - from shady real estate developers and racist threats to two troubled marriages, from a dodgy academician working London's notorious "grey economy" to a network of antiquities collectors obsessed with Egyptian mythology. And running beneath it all are the sweeping tentacles of London's vast and forgotten underground river system." "As the rains pour down and the water rises, Bryant and May must rely on instinct, experience, and their own very peculiar methods to stem a tide of evil that threatens to drown them all."--BOOK JACKET.