by C. J. Sansom
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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Matthew Shardlake is back in Lamentation, from the number one best-selling author of CJWithout nameSummer, 1546King Henry VIII, slowly, painfully, dyingHis Catholics and Protestants, the councillors are engaged in an ultimate and decisive struggle for power; the one who wins will be to control Henry’s government successor, eight-year-old Prince EdwardAs heretics are driven through London, and Protestant radicals Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic Party focus their attacks on Henry sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake’s old mentor, Queen Catherine ParrShardlake, still haunted by events aboard the warship Marie Rose the year before, is working on the Cotterstoke Will be the case, a savage dispute between rival brothers and sistersThen, unexpectedly, he is summoned to Whitehall Palace and asked for help by his former boss, the now besieged and desperate QueenFor Catherine Parr has a secretShe wrote a confessional book, The Lamentations of a Sinner, so radically, Protestant that if he came to the King’s attention he could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing downBut, although the book was kept secret and hidden inside a locked safe, in the Queen’s private room, she inexplicably disappearedOnly one page was found, shaking hands with a London murdered printerShardlake’s investigations take him on a path that begins among London’s backstreet printing houses, but leads him and Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of politics, the royal court; a world he had sworn never to enter againFidelity to the Queen will lead him into a whirlwind of intrigue inside Whitehall Palace, where Catholics enemies and Protestant friends can also be dangerous, and opportunistic politicians, who will follow the wind where it blows, more dangerous than it isThe theft of Queen Catherine’s book turns out to be connected to Anne’s terrible death
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