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  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

James Marwood, a Whitehall clerk, watches the deadly fire of 1666 ravish St. Paul's. Catherine Lovett ("Cat") bites his hand, stealing his cloak. Not all the bodies found in the aftermath died due to ... Read full review

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A mixed bag of characters caught in the political minefield that was Restoration London - as London burns James Marwood, a young clerk in Whitehall prevents a boy from running into St. Paul's only to ... 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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