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By Christopher Fowler

A mysterious stranger in outlandish Edwardian clothing defaces a Pre-Raphaelite portray within the nationwide Gallery. Then a visitor on the particular Savoy lodge is fatally bitten by way of a marshland snake. Over the subsequent numerous days, a scourge of more and more weird and wonderful crimes will hit London—and, fittingly, come to the eye of the atypical Crimes Unit. artwork vandalism, an exploding suspect, pornography, rat poison, Gilbert and Sullivan musicals, mystery societies…and now not a unmarried suspect in sight. The killer they’re chasing has a depressing heritage, a behavior of staying hidden, and time itself on his facet. Detectives may well and Bryant are racing the clock and this time the bell could be tolling for them.

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