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The stunning fourth Shardlake novel
C. J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.
Seven avenging angels pouring out their vials of wrath. Seven gruesome ways to die. In Sansom's fourth series entry (after Sovereign), Shardlake, a London lawyer in 1543, discovers the murdered body of his good friend Roger Elliard in a courtyard fountain. Pressed by Elliard's widow and loyalty to his friend, Shardlake investigates, discovering that Elliard's death was but part of a bigger scheme by a radical religious fanatic who sees himself as the killer angel from the book of Revelation, meting out justice to the unfaithful. Will Shardlake be able to find the murderer before the prophecy is fulfilled? Sansom has written a taut, enigmatic, and compelling mystery with a sleuth who is cunning as well as honorable. Readers will be absorbed in Shardlake's pursuit of this demented murderer. Highly recommended for all historical mystery collections.-Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.s., MD Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the Matthew Shardlake series:
"Remarkable. . . . The sights, the voices, the very smell of this turbulent age seem to rise from the page."
""Terrific . . . a remarkable, imaginative feat. It is a first-rate murder mystery and one of the most atmospheric historical novels I've read in years."
--"The Mail on Sunday
""Historical crime fiction is sometimes little more than a modern adventure in fancy dress. Not so the novels of C. J. Sansom, whose magnificent books set in the reign of Henry VIII bring to life the sounds and smells of Tudor England . . . Dark Fire" "is a creation of real brilliance."
--"The Sunday Times "(UK)
In March 1543, while London buzzes about Henry VIII's campaign to win newly widowed Lady Catherine Parr for his sixth wife, hunchbacked barrister Matthew Shardlake has grimmer matters on his mind in Sansom's gripping fourth Tudor historical (after 2007's Sovereign). Not only has his close friend and colleague Roger Elliard been savagely murdered but Shardlake finds himself assigned the incendiary case of a young religious fanatic committed to Bedlam. Learning of a link between Elliard's death and a previous slaying, one touching Lady Catherine's household, he reluctantly agrees to join the top-secret probe by his mentor, Archbishop Cranmer--instantly plunging both himself and his intrepid assistant, Jack Barak, into a maelstrom of political intrigue, spiritual strife and personal peril. With its wealth of period detail, compelling characters and bold, fast-moving plot, this may be the most rousing Shardlake adventure so far. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.