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Masterfully blending true events with fiction, this blockbuster historical thriller delivers a page-turning murder mystery set on the sixteenth-century Oxford University campus.Giordano Bruno was a monk, poet, scientist, and magician on the run from the Roman Inquisition on charges of heresy for his belief that the Earth orbits the sun and that the universe is infinite. This alone could have got him burned at the stake, but he was also a student of occult philosophies and magic. In S. J. Parris's gripping novel, Bruno's pursuit of this rare knowledge brings him to London, where he is unexpectedly recruited by Queen Elizabeth I and is sent undercover to Oxford University on the pretext of a royal visitation. Officially Bruno is to take part in a debate on the Copernican theory of the universe; unofficially, he is to find out whatever he can about a Catholic plot to overthrow the queen. His mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of grisly murders and a spirited and beautiful young woman. As Bruno begins to discover a pattern in these killings, he realizes that no one at Oxford is who he seems to be. Bruno must attempt to outwit a killer who appears obsessed with the boundary between truth and heresy. Like The Dante Club and The Alienist, this clever, sophisticated, exceptionally enjoyable novel is written with the unstoppable narrative propulsion and stylistic flair of the very best historical thrillers.

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 23
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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Great book

This was excellent.

E.Cacho ,

Easy read does not mean poor plot

Parris paces the book perfectly guiding the reader along the twist and turns of Oxfordshire's alleys and the stories of the people in the small scholar town. In this book no one is who they seems and the author constantly keeps the reader on his/her toes as the plot takes unexpected turns leading to an ending that leaves you wanting more.

Reads in a couple of days or less depending on how much time you have on your hands, but well worth the send. Great plot and a captivating characters. Can't wait to dig in to Prophesy!

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