by C. J. Sansom
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters History of the Dagger, a Dark Fire is the second thrilling historical crime novel of CJSansomIt was in 1540 and the hottest of the 18th century.Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to keep his legal practice and keep a low profile.But his participation in a murder case, the defense of a young girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again in contact with the king, head of the minister and a new assignment.The secret of the Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroy the Arabs of the Marines, has been lost for centuries.Now, an official of the Appoints Court discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery.When Shardlake is sent to retrieve him, he finds the official and his alchimist brother horribly murdered, the formula disappeared.Now Shardlake must follow the path of Greek Fire through Tudor London, while at the same time trying to prove his young client’s innocence.But very quickly, he discovers that nothing is as it seems.
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