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Lamentation

Lamentation

A Shardlake Novel

“A triumph both as detective fiction and as a novel … superior to Hilary Mantel.”–The Independent

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. The Catholic party focuses its attack on Henry’s sixth wife–and Matthew Shardlake’s old mentor–Queen Catherine Parr.

The Queen has authored a confessional book, Lamentation of a Sinner, so radically Protestant that if it came to the King’s attention it could bring both her and her sympathizers crashing down. Although the secret book was kept hidden inside a locked chest in the Queen’s private chamber, it has inexplicably vanished. Shardlake’s investigations take him on a trail that begins among the backstreet printshops of London, but leads him and his trusty assistant Jack Barak into the dark and labyrinthine world of court politics, a world Shardlake swore never to enter again.

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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

On Sale: February 2nd 2016

Price: $18.99

Page Count: 672

ISBN-13: 9780316254977

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Praise

PRAISE FOR C.J. SANSOM AND THE SHARDLAKE SERIES:

"C.J. Sansom has long been one of my favorite writers."—Kate Atkinson
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"Among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists."—P.D. James
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"Sansom has an unerring sense of pace and a deft historical touch."—The New Yorker
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"Sansom brings alive all levels of English society, from cutthroats and common soldiers to the king and queen themselves."—Washington Post
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"A richly entertaining and scholarly series. History never seemed so real."—New York Times Book Review
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"Sansom seems to have born with, or instinctively acquired, that precious balance of creativity and research, history and humanity."—Chicago Tribune
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