Dark Fire

Dark Fire

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
When a friend's niece is charged with murder and threatened with torture for her refusal to speak, 1540 lawyer Matthew Shardlake is granted a reprieve to investigate the case if he will also accept a dangerous assignment to find a legendary weapon.

Blackwell North Amer
It is 1540, and Henry VIII has been on the throne for thirty-one years when Matthew Shardlake, the lawyer renowned as "the sharpest hunchback in the courts of England," is pressed to help a friend's young niece who is charged with murder. Despite threats of torture and death by the rack, the girl is inexplicably silent. Shardlake is about to lose her case when he is suddenly granted a reprieve - one that will ensnare him again in the dangerous schemes of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar general.
In exchange for two more weeks to investigate the murder, Shardlake accepts Cromwell's assignment to find a lost cache of "Dark Fire," an ancient weapon of mass destruction. Cromwell, out of favor since Henry's disastrous marriage to Anne of Cleves, is relying on Shardlake's discovery to save his position at court, which is rife with conspiracy.

Baker
& Taylor

When a friend's niece is charged with murder and threatened with torture for her refusal to speak, 1540 lawyer Matthew Sharklake is granted an unexpected two-week reprieve to investigate the case if he will also accept a dangerous assignment to find a legendary weapon of mass destruction. By the author of Dissolution. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2005
ISBN: 9780670033720
0670033723
Branch Call Number: F SAN
Characteristics: 502 p. ; map ; 24 cm

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uncommonreader
Jun 05, 2020

A vivid portrait of London in 1540 with a story beyond the usual mystery.

jw126 Oct 14, 2011

The discovery of what dark fire is at the end of story really quite clever.

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willy03
Jun 09, 2011

A good read which I enjoyed more than the first book. Looking forward to the next

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