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Ten Second Staircase

(2006)
(The fourth book in the Bryant & May series)
A novel by

 
 
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.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

October 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: Ten-second Staircase
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
ISBN: 0-7505-2978-4 / 978-0-7505-2978-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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September 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase - 1st UK Edition/1st Impression
Author(s): Fowler
ISBN: 0-385-60886-1 / 978-0-385-60886-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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June 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ten Second Staircase
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
ISBN: 0-553-80449-9 / 978-0-553-80449-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Paperback Editions

September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ten Second Staircase: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
ISBN: 0-553-38556-9 / 978-0-553-38556-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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July 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase
Author(s): ChristopherDe Fowler
ISBN: 0-553-81720-5 / 978-0-553-81720-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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January 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Ten Second Staircase (Bryant & May Mysteries)
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
ISBN: 0-553-58831-1 / 978-0-553-58831-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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2007 : UK Paperback

Title: Ten-Second Staircase
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
ISBN: 0-85750-072-4 / 978-0-85750-072-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

July 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase: Bryant & May Mysteries
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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July 2008 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase: Bryant and May, Book 4
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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July 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase: Bryant and May, Book 4
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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July 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase: Bryant and May, Book 4
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
ISBN: 1-4074-2285-5 / 978-1-4074-2285-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ten-Second Staircase: (Bryant & May Book 4)
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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June 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Ten Second Staircase: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
Author(s): Christopher Fowler
Publisher: Bantam
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA