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Sansom, C. J.


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CJ Sansom’s sixth Tudor mystery begins with a prolonged, graphic description of the burning alive of a heretic. Sansom’s regular protagonist, the humpbacked lawyer-cum-private investigator Matthew Shardlake, is reluctantly in attendance to represent the Inns of Court, but notes with some relief that a sack of explosives has been fastened to the victim’s neck to hasten her dispatch. Yet it still takes more than half-an-hour for the spectacle to reach its grisly conclusion: “She began to shout something but then the flames reached the gunpowder bag and her head exploded, blood and bone and brains flying and falling, hissing, into the fire.”

Softcover. English. Mantle. 2014. 642pp. In fair/good condition.


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