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- DescriptionIt 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 brutally 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 incence. But, very soon he discovers thing is as it seems ...
- Author BiographyC.J Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA then a Ph.D. in history. DARK FIRE is his second novel, following on from his stunning debut, DISSOLUTION.
- PrizesWinner of CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger 2005.
- Author(s)C. J. Sansom
- PublisherPan Macmillan
- Date of Publication03/06/2005
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Series TitleThe Shardlake Series
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo.2
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPan Books
- Out-of-print date18/05/2007
- Content Notemap
- Width111 mm
- Height178 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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- juvchrys08 Dec, 2012by
Outstanding historical fiction, highly recommended.
I picked up Sansom's novel, Dissolution, the first in the series, in a charity shop because I was intrigued at his courage in writing a historical murder mystery set in the era of the dissolution of the monasteries, a subject that I had never known fiction to approach before. It was terrific. It brought to life an era of chaos and universal danger in England, and the struggle that decent people, whether Protestant or Catholic, suffered through in trying to live decent lives, treading a political and social minefield in the shadow of the Tower, the gibbet and the rack. I bought the rest of the series on eBay and Dark Fire and Sovereign were equally hard to put down.
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