Dark Fire - The Shardlake series (Paperback)C. J. Sansom (author)
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Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Dark Fire is the second thrilling historical crime novel from C. J. Sansom.
It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .
The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother horribly murdered - the formula has disappeared.
Now Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client's innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems . . .
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 37 mm
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The second book in the Shardlake series was as good as the first. In this the story starts with him being asked to represent a girl accused of the murder of her cousin. She is refusing to speak, and the initial court... More
“A SIX STAR BOOK”
This book is better than the first in the series & I gave that 5 stars. All the characters from the principles to the nameless man with ox who appears once crossing the street are 3 dimentional. You can smell... More
what can I say? I thought that the first novel of the series was amazing but Dark fire went one step further with a mesmerising plot set in an extremely interesting period of time. If you read this book be prepared... More
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