The Ashes of London

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Thorndike Press, 2017 - Fiction - 659 pages
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From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Silent Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London. The first of an exciting new series of novels.

A city destroyed.

A killer exposed.

London,1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul s is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a traitor, and reluctant government informer.

In the aftermath of the fire, the body of a man is discovered in the ashes of St.Paul s. But he is not a victim of the blaze- there is a stab wound to his neck and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Acting on orders, Marwood hunts the killer though London s devastated streets- where before too long a second murder is uncovered.

At a time of dangerous internal dissent, Marwood s investigation will lead him into treacherous waters- and across the path of a determined and vengeful young woman.

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User Review  - pierthinker - LibraryThing

The setting for this book is London in the immediate aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666. The story concerns the search for a serial killer, but is muddied by the politics surrounding King Charles II ... Read full review

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User Review  - Silverlily26 - LibraryThing

This was the first book of Andrew Taylor I have read a very much enjoyed it. I thought the characters were well developed and the plot moved along at a nice pace. Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Andrew Taylor is the author of a number of crime novels, including the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, which was adapted into the acclaimed drama Fallen Angel, and the historical crime novels The Ashes of London, The Silent Boy, and The American Boy, a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club Choice.

He has won many awards, including the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA s prestigious Diamond Dagger.

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