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Dark Fire - C. J. Sansom

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Published: 18th May 2007
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The second Shardlake novel in C J Sansom's remarkable historical crime series.It 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 innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems...

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    5.0

    Great story

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      Entertaining story

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      4.0

      Will check out his other books now!

      By Gecky

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      • Captures Time And Place
      • Great For Anyone
      • Interesting Characters
      • Original Story
      • Well Written

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      • Not True To The History

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      Very good read, had trouble putting it down!

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      4.0

      Great 2nd work in the Shardlake series

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        Comments about Dark Fire:

        This was a solid second work in the Matthew Shardlake series and offered some fascinating historical/cultural insights. An engaging story with a satisfying resolve of the key issue (although - without giving a spoiler - I wondered why the protagonists did not attempt to save another key character). Likeable and realistic characterisations.

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        C. J. Sansomas highly atmospheric and well-crafted sixteenth-century thriller... vividly describes the turbidity of Tudor London. (Jasper Fforde)

        C J Sansom

        Christopher John "C.J." Sansom is an English writer of crime novels. He was born in 1952 and was educated at the University of Birmingham, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he decided to retrain as a solicitor. He practised for a while in Sussex as a lawyer for the disadvantaged, before quitting in order to work full-time as a writer.

        He came to prominence with his series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century, whose main character is the hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake. Shardlake works on commission initially from Thomas Cromwell in Dissolution and Dark Fire and then Thomas Cranmer in Sovereign and Revelation.

        The BBC have commissioned an adaptation of Dissolution with the actor Kenneth Branagh set to star as Shardlake. The rest of the Shardlake books are expected to follow. C. J. Sansom has been consulted on the series, which is in the final stages of negotiation.[citation needed].

        He has also written Winter in Madrid, a thriller set in Spain in 1940 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

        Dark Fire won the 2005 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, awarded by the Crime Writers' Association (CWA). Sansom himself was "Very Highly Commended" in the 2007 CWA Dagger in the Library award, for the Shardlake series.

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        C J Sansom also contributed to the series The Medieval Murderers

        Visit C J Sansom's Booktopia Author Page


        ISBN: 9780330450782
        ISBN-10: 0330450786
        Series: The Shardlake Series
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 512
        Published: 18th May 2007
        Publisher: Pan Macmillan
        Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 4.3
        Weight (kg): 0.38
        Edition Number: 1