Dissolution: A Shardlake Novel 1

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Pan Macmillan UK, May 1, 2003 - Fiction - 400 pages

In an age of treachery and turmoil, brutal murder brings the ultimate test of faith ...

"A first-rate murder mystery" Independent on Sunday

"Shardlake is a character to treasure" Sunday Times

"Terrific. Historical fiction at its finest" Peter Robinson

Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church and the country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. Under the order of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent through the country to investigate the monasteries. There can only be one outcome: the monasteries are to be dissolved.

But on the Sussex coast, at the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiralled out of control. Cromwell's Commissioner Robin Singleton, has been found dead, his head severed from his body. His horrific murder is accompanied by equally sinister acts of sacrilege - a black cockerel sacrificed on the alter, and the disappearance of Scarnsea's Great Relic. Dr Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, has been sent by Cromwell into this atmosphere of treachery and death. But Shardlake's investigation soon forces him to question everything he hears, and everything that he intrinsically believes ...

Dissolution is the first in the phenomenal Shardlake series by bestselling author C. J. Sansom, followed by Dark Fire, Sovereign, Revelation, Heartstone and Lamentation.

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User Review  - dragonflydancing - LibraryThing

It is a really enjoyable read. A crime story set in the era of Henry VIII and the conflicts caused by the King declaring himself head of the Church in England. While the story is an interesting ... Read full review

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User Review  - pgchuis - LibraryThing

This was a gift from my brother, and has a setting very unlike the novels I usually read. I enjoyed it, although it was quite brutal in places. Matthew was an excellent character: fair-minded and ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

C J Sansom was educated at Birmingham University, where he took a BA and then a PhD in history. After working in a variety of jobs, he retrained as a solicitor and practised in Sussex, until becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Sussex.

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