I’m a huge fan of Christopher Fowler’s Bryant and May detective novels, and not that much of a reader of graphic novels (the name given to comics for grown-ups, as I always think of it) save for Grandville, Add to that how distinctive my images of Fowler’s regular characters have become thanks to Tim Goodman’s wonderful audio recordings and I wasn’t quite sure how I would take to someone else choosing how they look and drawing their likenesses.
It turns out that Keith Page has done a wonderful job – his pictures enrich and compliment the images already conjoured up in my mind by Christopher Fowler’s words and Tim Goodman’s voices (and the author is rather happy too). The plot of the main story, and also that of the mini-second story in the book, shows Fowler’s usual standards – bizarre, eccentric and yet sufficiently logical for the reader never to feel cheated when the twists are untangled and the mysteries explained.
The one blemish is the unfortunate number of errors in the book, with quite a few small typos, one scene where a wall disappears between two panels and one block of text wrongly printed twice. That is a shame as, for me at least, the quality of the production is part of the charm of graphic novels. Even so, a great read and very enjoyable.