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Martyr

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«This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine.»

Daily Mail

*****Part of the bestselling John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers from Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award*****

'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times

England is close to war. Within days the axe could fall on the neck of Mary Queen of Scots, and Spain is already gathering a battle fleet to avenge her.

Tensions in Elizabeth I's government are at breaking point. At the eye of the storm is John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. When an intercept reveals a plot to assassinate England's 'sea dragon', Francis Drake, Shakespeare is ordered to protect him. With Drake on land fitting out his ships, he is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion.

In a London rife with rumour, Shakespeare must decide which leads to follow, which to ignore. When a high-born young woman is found mutilated and murdered at an illicit printing house, it is political gunpowder - and he has no option but to investigate.

But why is Shakespeare shadowed at every turn by the brutal Richard Topcliffe, the blood-drenched priest-hunter who claims intimacy with Queen Elizabeth herself? What is Topcliffe's interest in a housemaid, whose baby has been stolen? And where do two fugitive Jesuit priests fit into the puzzle, one happy to die for God, the other to kill for Him?

From the splendour and intrigue of the royal court, to the sleek warships of Her Majesty's Navy and the teeming brothels of Southwark, Shakespeare soon learns that nothing is as it seems . . .

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*****Part of the bestselling John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers from Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award*****

'Does for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times

England is close to war. Within days the axe could fall on the neck of Mary Queen of Scots, and Spain is already gathering a battle fleet to avenge her.

Tensions in Elizabeth I's government are at breaking point. At the eye of the storm is John Shakespeare, chief intelligencer in the secret service of Sir Francis Walsingham. When an intercept reveals a plot to assassinate England's 'sea dragon', Francis Drake, Shakespeare is ordered to protect him. With Drake on land fitting out his ships, he is frighteningly vulnerable. If he dies, England will be open to invasion.

In a London rife with rumour, Shakespeare must decide which leads to follow, which to ignore. When a high-born young woman is found mutilated and murdered at an illicit printing house, it is political gunpowder - and he has no option but to investigate.

But why is Shakespeare shadowed at every turn by the brutal Richard Topcliffe, the blood-drenched priest-hunter who claims intimacy with Queen Elizabeth herself? What is Topcliffe's interest in a housemaid, whose baby has been stolen? And where do two fugitive Jesuit priests fit into the puzzle, one happy to die for God, the other to kill for Him?

From the splendour and intrigue of the royal court, to the sleek warships of Her Majesty's Navy and the teeming brothels of Southwark, Shakespeare soon learns that nothing is as it seems . . .

Detaljer

Forlag
Hodder Paperback
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
432
ISBN
9781848540781
Utgivelsesår
2010
Format
20 x 14 cm
Priser
Short-listed for CWA Daggers: John Creasey New Blood 2009 UK.

Om forfatteren

Rory Clements is the award-winning author of the John Shakespeare series of Tudor spy thrillers. His six acclaimed novels, Martyr, Revenger, Prince, Traitor, The Heretics and The Queen's Man, follow Elizabeth's Intelligencer, John Shakespeare, brother to the playwright William, through the dark underworld of Tudor England as he unmasks the traitors and conspirators who plot against the Queen. Rory Clements won the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award in 2010 for Revenger, and has been shortlisted for CWA Awards for Martyr, Prince and The Heretics. A TV series is currently in development. Find out more at www.roryclements.co.uk

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«This is a historical thriller to send a shiver down your spine.»

Daily Mail

«Clements can be seen as doing for Elizabeth's reign what CJ Sansom does for Henry VIII's.»

Sunday Times

«John Shakespeare is one of the great historical sleuths.»

Barry Forshaw

Medlemmers vurdering

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anneks – 16.07.2010

– Boka handler om John Shakespeare, som er i det tidlige etteretningsvesenet i London sent på 1500-tallet. Han får i oppdrag å beskytte Sir Francis Drake mot en leieorder, samt at han har en rekke andre gåter å løse, som på hver sitt vis har tilknytning til saken. Boka var litt tung å komme i gang med, kanskje fordi det var mange personer å holde styr på, men etterhvert som jeg kom inn i det tok den seg veldig opp. Jeg storkoste meg i midten, det var spennende hele veien og jeg likte spesielt godt alle småhistoriene som krydret fortellingen. Boka er lett å sammenlikne med C.J. Sansoms bøker om Matthew Shardlake. Jeg tror nok de fleste Shardlake-fans vil like denne, men personlig synes jeg ikke den når helt opp til samme nivået. Dessverre syntes jeg den tapte seg litt mot slutten, kanskje fordi jeg slet med å få tid til å lese mer enn et par sider om dagen, men jeg vet jo at hadde det vært superspennende hadde jeg fint fått det til.

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