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by Christopher Fowler

When his father, his secretary, and even the thief who stole his car die under grisly circumstances, advertising executive Harry Buckingham comes under investigation and must go undercover to clear his name.
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ISBN: 0712634665
ISBN13: 978-0712634663
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Christopher Fowler
Language: English
Publisher: Century; New Ed edition (1990)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1799 kb
FB2 size: 1328 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 601
Other Formats: lit lrf rtf azw

This apparently was Fowler's first urban horror tale that featured Arthur Bryant and John May, the heroes of his "Peculiar Crimes Unit" mysteries. They are called in when a string of gruesome deaths occur: an older man is squashed between a truck and a wall, a man steals a car and then commits suicide with it, a young woman is crushed in an escalator, etc. The main focus of the story is actually Harry Buckingham, the son of the older man, and a junior partner in his imaging business. As people Harry knows meet with horrible deaths, he and an odd young woman named Grace try to figure out what's going on.

Unlike the Bryant and May mysteries, this contains a strong thread of the supernatural as Harry—and the detectives, separately—discovers that ancient runes are being used in a most modern way, and the story does indeed get rather creepy when you realize how this could have really worked!

The detectives are an early incarnation of the characters, with Bryant still the technophobe offbeat one and May the more conventional one who keeps him in line. However, there is no "Peculiar Crimes Unit" in the story, although Janice Longbright works with them on the mystery, Oswald Finch makes a small appearance, and Colin Bimsley is mentioned in passing. Meera, Dan, Giles, and their reluctant commander Raymond Land aren't yet part of the team.

Horror isn't my usual read, but the presence of familiar faces helped me get through this one and I quite enjoyed seeing the "boys" in their early appearance.
This is a good book. It had it all, a great story, good characters, wonderful action and a quick pace. This is just a good old exciting book. The author peppers the book with plot twists that keep the reader on his toes. This author writes in a way that is tight and slick that keep you interested through out. This is a solid murder mystery. Ok, so the detective that is used is straight from central casting, but that book is not bad. The story comes together and you believe it. I would have liked a bit more depth on the locations and characters, but not a bad read
First read this upon it's initial release when I was in high school and absolutely loved it. Horror, action, ancient mysteries, occult, plot twists- I couldn't put it down. Then I forgot about it. 12 years later I was recently going through some boxes at my mother's place and found an old, tattered paperback entitled 'Rune'. So what did I think after re-reading? Well... still lot's of fun but... the characters are, unfortunately, incredibly stereotypical. The two detectives on the case are older gentlemen and one of them is about to retire. Whoa, original. And the protagonist's girlfriend is so stereotypically, frigidly perfect that it is a wonder he sees anything in her at all. I'd have killed her myself. Anyway, still an engrossing read, but I certainly see flaws now that I didn't as a kid.
This is what I call a proper mistery book. Gripping reading and good timing of each occurrence, psychology of main characters is detailed enough to provide credibility to an overall rather far-fetching theory.