A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery

By C. J. Sansom
(Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670022397, 640pp.)

Publication Date: January 20, 2011

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2009 Indie Notables
“Lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant, Jack Barak, follow the trail of a clever, merciless killer through London and its environs in this intense, engrossing mystery set in Tudor England.”
-- Heather Elia, Colgate Bookstore, Hamilton, NY


The #1 international bestselling author brings us his fifth Shardlake novel.

Summer, 1545. England is at war, and Matthew Shardlake is about to encounter the most politically dangerous case of his career. While a massive French fleet prepares to attack, every able-bodied man is being pressed into military service. Meanwhile, an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr asks Shardlake to investigate claims of "monstrous wrongs" committed against a young ward of the court. Shardlake's inquiries take him and his loyal assistant, Jack Barak, to Hoyland Priory and Portsmouth, where the English fleet is gathering. There they uncover a startling link between the ward and a woman incarcerated in Bedlam. With a fantastic backdrop of wartime intrigue and a dramatic finale onboard one of Henry VIII's great warships, Heartstone is certain to catapult this internationally bestselling series to greater prominence.

About the Author

C. J. Sansom, the internationally bestselling author of�the novels�Winter in Madrid�and�Dominion�and�the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery series,�earned a Ph.D. in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

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