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The Last Protector (James Marwood & Cat Lovett, Book 4)
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from the No 1 Sunday Times bestselling author comes the latest historical crime thriller

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Andrew Taylor is the author of a number of novels, including the Dougal and Lydmouth crime series, the historical thrillers Bleeding Heart Square and The Anatomy of Ghosts, the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, which was adapted into the acclaimed drama Fallen Angel, and The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it twice) and the CWA's prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing. He also writes for the Spectator. He lives with his wife Caroline in the Forest of Dean.

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'Confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers' The Sunday Times

'There is colour, violence, devotion, courage and fun here. What more could anyone ask of a crime novel?' Literary Review

'Taylor is on reliably good form in this fourth instalment of a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery.' The Times

'A teeming London (in the process of reconstruction after the Great Fire), political chicanery, duels, brothels, court manoeuvrings - all are grist to Taylor's imaginative mill' The Financial Times

'A brilliant historical novel about Cromwell... Riveting' Evening Standard

'Superb... Cat, especially, remains one of the most compelling, multifaceted characters in contemporary historical fiction'. Observer

'Taylor's fourth Marwood tale is gripping and rich in detail - 4.5 stars' The Sun

'Boasting political intrigue and evocative period atmosphere, The Last Protector is crime writing at its most elegant and assured' Waterstones blog

'It's been a good year for historical crime fiction, with another strong outing for Andrew Taylor's Restoration sleuths James Marwood and Cat Lovett in The Last Protector' Books of the Year, Guardian

'Full of intrigue, unforgettable characters and a plot which keeps you engaged until the last page.' Waterstones

Praise for Andrew Taylor:

'One of the best historical crime writers today' The Times

'If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you'll love Andrew Taylor' Peter James

'Effortlessly authentic...gripping...moving and believable. An excellent work' C. J. Sansom

'This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best' Guardian

'One of the best historical novelists around' Sunday Times

'Taylor has long been the pre-eminent chronicler of beautifully atmospheric historical crime' The Times

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