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Released January 1, 2004
ISBN 9781405005449

£200.00

Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, Dark Fire is the second thrilling historical crime novel from C. J. Sansom.


It is 1540 and the hottest summer of the sixteenth century. Matthew Shardlake, believing himself out of favour with Thomas Cromwell, is busy trying to maintain his legal practice and keep a low profile. But his involvement with a murder case, defending a girl accused of brutally murdering her young cousin, brings him once again into contact with the king's chief minister - and a new assignment . . .


The secret of Greek Fire, the legendary substance with which the Byzantines destroyed the Arab navies, has been lost for centuries. Now an official of the Court of Augmentations has discovered the formula in the library of a dissolved London monastery. When Shardlake is sent to recover it, he finds the official and his alchemist brother horribly murdered - the formula has disappeared.


Now Shardlake must follow the trail of Greek Fire across Tudor London, while trying at the same time to prove his young client's innocence. But very soon he discovers nothing is as it seems . . .

Book Condition & Notes

Near-fine UK first edition, with slight bruising to bottom of spine. In a very good unclipped dust jacket with some brusing to spine, front cover, and edges.


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C. J. Sansom

C.J. Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a Ph.D. in history.

After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. Sansom came to prominence with the Shardlake series, his historical mystery series set in the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century. Dark Fire won the 2005 Crime Writers' Association Historical Dagger. He has also written Winter in Madrid, a thriller set in Spain in 1940 in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and Dominion, an alternate history novel set in a Britain following a fictional Axis victory in World War II.

He lives in Sussex.

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Book Condition & Notes

Near-fine UK first edition, with slight bruising to bottom of spine. In a very good unclipped dust jacket with some brusing to spine, front cover, and edges.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.