The Invention of Fire

The Invention of Fire

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"London, 1386. A mass murder has taken place within the city walls. Sixteen corpses have been dumped where they are sure to be found, bearing wounds like none seen before. John Gower, middling poet and expert trader in secrets, is summoned to investigate the killings even as the ruthless mayor of London seeks to thwart an open inquiry for reasons unknown. Gower learns that the men have fallen victim to 'handgonnes,' new and terrifying weapons that threaten to change the future of war. Challenged by deception and treachery on all sides, [Gower's] ... inquiries take him from the city's labyrinthine slums to the port of Calais to the forests of Kent, where his friend Geoffrey Chaucer serves as justice of the peace"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062356451
Characteristics: 420 pages : map ; 24 cm

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JackPurcell
Sep 20, 2015

The wave of mystery novels beginning with Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, set in the medieval times of plague, hegemony of the Catholic Church, bladed weapons and intrigue have almost become a genre. This is a worthy addition.

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