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A Shardlake Novel

“A triumph both as detective fiction and as a novel … superior to Hilary Mantel.”–The Independent

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. The Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry’s sixth wife–and Matthew Shardlake’s old mentor–Queen Catherine Parr.

The Queen has authored a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King’s attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. Although the secret book was kept hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen’s private chamber, it has inexplicably vanished. Shardlake’s investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London, but leads him and his trusty assistant Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of court politics, a world Shardlake swore never to enter again.

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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

On Sale: February 2nd 2016

Price: $18.99

Page Count: 672

ISBN-13: 9780316254977

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"C.J. Sansom has long been one of my favorite writers."—Kate Atkinson
"Among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists."—P.D. James
"Sansom has an unerring sense of pace and a deft historical touch."—The New Yorker
"Sansom brings alive all levels of English society, from cutthroats and common soldiers to the king and queen themselves."—Washington Post
"A richly entertaining and scholarly series. History never seemed so real."—New York Times Book Review
"Sansom seems to have born with, or instinctively acquired, that precious balance of creativity and research, history and humanity."—Chicago Tribune
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