Dark Fire: A Shardlake Novel

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byC. J. Sansom

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Book 2 in the highly acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada.
 
It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th 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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Book 2 in the highly acclaimed Matthew Shardlake mystery series, now available from Vintage Canada. It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the 16th 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,...

C. J. SANSOM was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.22 × 1.29 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307362388

ISBN - 13:9780307362384

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from More Reformation whodunits from our favourite introspective lawyer. The second Shardlake mystery is a bit odder than the first - odder in many respects. There's a cross-London search for the mysterious long-lost Greek Fire. New and shady characters flit in and out. And ruffians abound. So it's less of a mystery and more of a Grishamesque legal thriller - but with cloaks, and poison, and theology, and high politics. So a little odd. But still plenty of fun
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Set during the Cromwell era A great read about a humpback lawyer being sent by Cromwell to investigate murder during the fall of the Roman Catholic church. Great detail on the life during this historic period. I am hooked on C.J. Sansom Shardlake novels. Marieanne
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Fire Once again I am astounded by man's cruelty. Unfortunately, time has not irradiated evil. As a Christian, I wait with hope for the peace that will come with the Prince of Peace. Living in a fallen world thwarts our attempts but we must not give up trying to live in peace.
Date published: 2014-05-17

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Praise for the Matthew Shardlake series and Dark Fire: "C. J. Sansom's magnificent books set in the reign of Henry VIII bring to life the sounds and smells of Tudor England." —The Sunday Times "One of the author's greatest gifts is the immediacy of his descriptions.... But it is Shardlake himself who steals the show. His honesty and humility shine out in a dark world where murder and mayhem are the order of the day." Colin Dexter "A richly entertaining and reassuringly scholarly series." —The New York Times Book Review "This wonderful Tudor-era series is must reading for any devotee of historical mysteries." —The Globe and Mail