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The Fire Court (Paperback)


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From No.1 bestselling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of London

Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground…

The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away.

James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder…?

Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust – Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it’s her turn to help him. But then comes a third death… and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

Read more about the background and history that lies behind this bestselling historical thriller as Andrew Taylor gives an insight into the research that influenced The Ashes of London.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008119140
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 34 mm


‘Once again, Taylor combines his detailed research with a deviously twist-laden storyline.’ – The Observer

‘With a fast-moving, complex plot, Taylor brings the 17th century to life so vividly that one can almost smell it.’ – The Guardian

‘An atmospheric pleasure, full of twists and memorable characters.’ – The Times

‘Andrew Taylor’s historical crime novels have proved a benchmark for the genre, and The Fire Court is no exception. Cunningly plotted and movingly written, it’s a fascinating portrait of a city, and its people, recovering from trauma.’ – Mick Herron, bestselling author of Slow Horses

Praise for Andrew Taylor:

The Ashes of London weaves a pacy story from the framework of true events. A new Shardlake may rise from the ashes.’ – The Times

‘If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you’ll love Andrew Taylor.’ – Peter James

The Ashes of London presents a breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era … the multiple narrative strands are drawn together in a brilliantly orchestrated finale.’ – Financial Times

‘One of the most reliably enjoyable of historical novelists … Taylor demonstrates his usual command of plot and historical background.’ – The Sunday Times

‘This is terrific stuff: intelligent, engrossing and, in its evocation of a long-vanished London, wonderfully plausible.’ – Daily Telegraph

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