By C. J. Sansom
From the bestselling writer of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes a moment riveting sixteenth-century mystery that includes hunchback legal professional Matthew Shardlake
In 1540, through the reign of Henry VIII, Shardlake is requested to aid a tender lady accused of homicide. She refuses to talk in her safety even if threatened with torture. yet simply while the case turns out misplaced, Thomas Cromwell, the king’s feared vicar basic, bargains Shardlake extra weeks to end up his client’s innocence. In trade, Shardlake needs to discover a misplaced cache of "Dark Fire," a mythical weapon of mass destruction. What ensues is a page-turning experience, jam-packed with interval aspect and history.
"Atmospheric and interesting" (Margaret George), this moment e-book in Matthew Shardlake Tudor secret sequence delves back into the darkish and superstitious world of Cromwell's England brought in Dissolution.
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I nodded. Sir Richard used to be a super attorney and administrator, yet he was once acknowledged to be the main merciless and unscrupulous guy in England. We entered the maze of slim streets major all the way down to the Thames. I glimpsed the river, its brown waters alive with wherries and white-sailed tilt boats, however the breeze that got here from it was once tainted; the tide used to be nonetheless out, the filth-strewn dust stewing within the sunlight. Wolf’s Lane used to be an extended slim highway jam-packed with previous homes, decayed-looking reasonable outlets and accommodation locations. outdoors one of many higher homes I observed a brightly painted signal which confirmed Adam and Eve status on both sides of the philosopher’s egg, the mythical sealed vase within which base steel should be grew to become to gold, an alchemist’s signal. where was once in dire want of fix, plaster used to be peeling from the partitions and the overhanging roof lacked numerous tiles. Like many homes equipped on Thames dust, it had a suggested tilt to at least one aspect. front door used to be open, and that i observed to my shock girl in a simple servant’s gown was once placing onto the jamb with either fingers, as if terrified of falling. ‘What’s this? ’ Barak requested. ‘Drunk at one within the afternoon? ’ ‘I don’t imagine it’s that. ’ I had a surprising feeling of dread. Then, seeing us, the lady let loose a screeching wail. ‘Help! For Jesu’s sake, support me! homicide! ’ Barak jumped down and ran in the direction of her. I threw the horses’ reins speedy over a rail, and ran over. Barak had the girl by means of the hands; she used to be staring wildly at him, sobbing loudly. ‘Come on, girl,’ he stated with stunning gentleness. ‘What ails you? ’ She made an attempt to calm herself. She used to be younger and plump-cheeked, a rustic woman by way of the glance of her. ‘The master,’ she stated. ‘Oh, God, the master—’ I observed that the wooden of the doorframe was once splintered and damaged. The door, which hung from one hinge, have been battered in. I regarded previous her and down a protracted dim hall hung with a pale tapestry displaying the 3 kings bearing presents to the child Jesus. Then I gripped Barak’s arm. The rushes at the wood flooring have been criss-crossed with footprints. They have been darkish crimson. ‘What has occurred the following? ’ I whispered. Barak shook the woman lightly. ‘We’re right here to assist. Come on now, what’s your identify? ’ Whoever smashed their method in may possibly nonetheless be the following. I gripped the dagger at my waist. ‘I’m Susan, sir, the servant,’ the woman stated tremulously. ‘I’d been purchasing in Cheapside with my mistress, we - we got here again and located the door like this. And upstairs my grasp and his brother—’ She gulped and seemed inside. ‘Oh, God, sir—’ ‘Where is your mistress? ’ ‘In the kitchen. ’ She took a deep, whooping breath. ‘She went stiff as a board while she observed them, she couldn’t circulate. I sat her down and stated I’d opt for aid, but if I obtained to the door I felt faint, I couldn’t move one other step. ’ She clung to Barak. ‘You’re a courageous lady, Susan,’ he acknowledged. ‘Now, are you able to take us on your mistress? ’ the woman allow cross of the door. She shuddered on the sight of the bloody footsteps within, then swallowed and, clutching Barak’s hand tightly, led the best way down the hall.