From the bestselling author of Winter in Madrid and Dominion comes a second riveting sixteenth-century thriller featuring hunchback lawyer Matthew Shardlake
In 1540, during the reign of Henry VIII, Shardlake is asked to help a young girl accused of murder. She refuses to speak in her defense even when threatened with torture. But just when the case seems lost, Thomas Cromwell, the king’s feared vicar general, offers Shardlake two more weeks to prove his client’s innocence. In exchange, Shardlake must find a lost cache of "Dark Fire," a legendary weapon of mass destruction. What ensues is a page-turning adventure, filled with period detail and history.
"Atmospheric and engaging" (Margaret George), this second book in Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series delves again into the dark and superstitious world of Cromwell's England introduced in Dissolution.
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I have enjoyed reading all do the Shardlake titles. I give the plot an A. I give the editing an F! OK, I am a retired English teacher so perhaps I am more aware of punctuation. But PLEASE. Who edited this book? I quit counting silly, careless errors after 30 in the first 10 chapters. I have never commented on a book but felt the urge when I got to chapter 14. Go ahead, look at that page. Someone is giving this series a bad name. You should be ashamed!
Great book, bad publishing
One of my favorite scenes is when Shardlake reprimands his assistant for writing a sloppy legal document. A few pages later, there's a period inserted in the middle of a sentence. Words are missing. Punctuation is crazy. Is it part of the mystery? Or did someone at Penguin not bother to copy-edit? For $12.99, I expect a little effort in this regard.