This Marlowe by Michelle Butler HallettThis Marlowe by Michelle Butler Hallett

This Marlowe

byMichelle Butler Hallett

Hardcover | March 15, 2016

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1593. Queen Elizabeth reigns from the throne while two rival spymasters — Sir Robert Cecil and the Earl of Essex — plot from the shadows. Their goal? To control succession upon the aged queen's death. The man on which their schemes depend? Christopher Marlowe, a cobbler's son from Canterbury who has defied expectations and become an accomplished poet and playwright. Now that the plague has closed theatres, Marlowe must resume the work for which he was originally recruited: intelligence and espionage.

Fighting to stay one step ahead in a dizzying game that threatens the lives of those he holds most dear, Marlowe comes to question his allegiances and nearly everything he once believed. As tensions mount, he is tossed into an impossible bind. He must choose between paths that lead either to wretched guilt and miserable death or to love and honour.

An historical novel with a contemporary edge, This Marlowe measures the weight of the body politic, the torment of the flesh, and the state of the soul.

Michelle Butler Hallett is the author of four novels, This Marlowe, deluded your sailors, Sky Waves, and Double-blind, as well as the story collection The Shadow Side of Grace. Her stories have also been anthologized in The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction, Hard Ol’ Spot, Running the Whale’s Back, Everything Is So Political, and Best Amer...
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Title:This MarloweFormat:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:086492920X

ISBN - 13:9780864929204

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"There's the real rigour of authenticity here, the tone and nuance of a time and place skilfully conjured. Butler Hallett's great gift to us, though, is her ability to chart these waters in ways that are still surprising and fresh. History's Marlowe becomes her own, offering us his wit and wisdom and seemingly new lessons about faith, ambitious, loyalty, and yes, love." — Robert Chafe, author of Afterimage, winner of the Governor General's Award for Drama - 20160302