Dark fire

by Sansom, C. J.

Format: Print Book 2005
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In this sequel to Dissolution, it is now 1540, and Shardlake has returned to practicing law in London. When he is called on to help a friend's niece, charged with killing her cousin, he has no idea it will force him back into Cromwell's dangerous schemes.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hunchback Matthew Shardlake may be one of the sharpest lawyers in sixteenth-century England, but his skills have failed him in the defense of a friend's niece accused of murder. When Henry VIII's vicar general, Thomas Cromwell, spares the convicted girl's life for 14 days, Shardlake knows the reprieve comes at a hefty price: in that time, the lawyer must find a lost cache of dark fire, the liquid weapon of mass destruction Cromwell has promised to deliver to the increasingly ill-tempered king. With the help of one of Cromwell's impudent servants, Shardlake pursues clues leading him to alchemists, aristocrats, and barristers alike. But in a country bitterly split between Roman Catholics and the newly formed Church of England, it's difficult to distinguish friend from foe. The body count climbs ever higher as Shardlake inches closer to the truth--and toward the deadline for his client's execution. Like his gripping debut, Dissolution BKL Ap 1 03, Sansom's second Shardlake thriller is suffused with rich period detail and an aura of foreboding. --Allison Block Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Matthew Shardlake, the marvelous hunchbacked 16th-century attorney who first appeared in Sansom's Dissolution, returns in this spellbinding Tudor-era tale of murder, conspiracy and betrayal. Shardlake normally handles property cases and the occasional dangerous mission for Lord Thomas Cromwell, the king's high counselor. Now he is engaged to defend a young woman accused of a curious murder, and the case seems hopeless. The girl refuses to speak and, under English law, unless she offers a plea in court she will be slowly crushed to death. Cromwell offers Shardlake a two-week stay of execution if he will agree to undertake a secret mission. Desperate to save the girl's life, Shardlake agrees. Rumors abound of a new and terrifying weapon called Greek Fire, and Cromwell orders Shardlake to find it, along with its secret formula and the two alchemists who possess it. Before Shardlake can even speak to the alchemists, they are brutally murdered, the formula and Greek Fire go missing, and horror and death are unleashed. Fortunately, Shardlake is aided by Jack Barak, a capable rogue working for Cromwell, and his old friend, Guy Malton, a peculiar apothecary. Sansom's vivid portrayal of squalid, stinking, bustling London; the city's wealth and poverty; the brutality and righteousness of religious persecution; and the complexities of English law make this a suspenseful, colorful and compelling tale. Agent, Antony Topping. (Jan. 17) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Matthew Shardlake mystery
#1 - Dissolution
#2 - Dark fire
#3 - Sovereign
#4 - Revelation
#5 - Heartstone
#6 - Lamentation
#7 - Tombland
Subjects Cromwell, Thomas, -- Earl of Essex, -- 1485?-1540 -- Fiction.
Attorney and client -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Viking,2005
Edition 1st American ed.
Language English
Notes Includes genealogical chart.
Map on lining papers.
Description 502 pages : map ; 24 cm
ISBN 0670033723
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