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It is 1679 and England is awash with suspicion. Fear of conspiracy and religious terrorism has provoked panic in politicians and a zealous reaction from the legal system. Everywhere - or so it is feared - Catholic agents are plotting to overthrow the King. Now Samuel Pepys, Secretary of the Admiralty, finds himself in a position few people then or w would have expected - charged with treason and facing a show trial and execution. Imprisoned in the Tower of London and abandoned by the embattled King, Pepys sets to work investigating his mysterious accuser, Colonel John Scott, and uncovers a life riddled with ambition, forgery, treason and - ultimately - murder. Using rare access to Pepys' own account of the affair, James Long and Ben Long brilliantly evoke a turbulent period in England's history - and tell the forgotten story of the two most dangerous years in the life of the legendary diarist.
James Long graduated from Oxford with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics. He has written eleven novels, several based on historical fact. His son Ben studied history, has directed several plays and written one, which has been performed on both sides of the Atlantic. This is his first book.