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The 1st instalment in the wildly popular Matthew Shardlake mystery
series, now available from Vintage Canada.
It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in
England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head
of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged
trials and the greatest network of informers it has ever seen. And
under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is
sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries. There
can only be one outcome: dissolution. But on the Sussex coast, at
the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control.
Cromwell''s commissioner, Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his
head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by
equally sinister acts of sacrilege. Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and
long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell to uncover
the truth behind the dark happenings at Scarnsea. But investigation
soon forces Shardlake to question everything that he hears, and
everything that he intrinsically believes...