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Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton (2002)

by Philip Kerr

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thanks to LibraryThing cataloging and social networking site for booklovers, as renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint satisfying tale, Dark Matter is an engrossing mystery infused into vivid life through colorful story opens in 1696. War with France is costing a great deal, the Recoinage isn't going well, settings Newton investigates, and of course solves them, now though not all at once also political plots and other historical characters as Pepys near as entertaining understandable, since it's hard to make them sound interesting spends most of his time alone pondering the ciphers into as admirable research period and his talent for making feels that we’re sitting in the same room with Ellis and Newton. ( )
  tonynetone | Jul 8, 2014 |
Dark Matter is the lastest masterwork of suspense from Philip Kerr, the internationally bestselling and brilliantly innovative thriller writer who has dazzled readers with his imaginative, fast-paced novels. Like An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Name of the Rose, and Kerr’s own Berlin Noir trilogy, Dark Matter is historical mystery at its finest, an extraordinary, suspense-filled journey through the shadowy streets and back alleys of London with the brilliant Newton and his faithful protégé. The haunted Tower with its bloody history is the perfect backdrop for this richly satisfying tale, one that introduces an engrossing mystery into the volatile mix of politics, science, and religion that characterized life in seventeenth-century London. ( )
  MarkBeronte | Jan 9, 2014 |
A pretty solid historical mystery. Bit long on romance & sex scenes, a bit short on historical context, but generally well-done. One of Kerr's best non-Gunther outings. ( )
  ehines | May 27, 2012 |
Got all excited about this other discussion and forgot to write about the book I just finished [Dark Matter] by [[Phillip Kerr]] -- one of the newish genre of 'historical mysteries' -- this time featuring Sir Isaac Newton in his role as Warden of the Mint in the late 1600's. Murders, ciphers, alchemists, counterfeitin, Templars and other pleasures (and vices) await the reader. It's a lot of fun and nicely done. I can't help, as always, but wonder where the line between research and fancy is drawn (did Isaac Newton really have an office cat named Melchior?) but other tidbits I do seem to remember from other sources -- that he would fall into a kind of trance state, for example, when chewing over a problem. There is violence, but I would have to characterize it as being 'appropriate to the time and place' -- people 'enjoyed' witnessing horrible things being done to the condemned and there was a bluntness about sexual matters as well, just be advised. I'm hovering between four and four 1/2 so I'll give it ****1/4! My husband LOVED it, so if you have a mystery/mathy/bit o'history guy reader to buy a present for, this is a good bet. ( )
  sibyx | Dec 14, 2011 |
interesting, mystery ( )
  CynthiaScott | Jan 27, 2010 |
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I swore not to tell this story while Newton was still alive.

1696, young Christopher Ellis is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. Though Ellis is notoriously hotheaded and was caught fighting an illegal duel, he arrives at the Tower as assistant to the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton. Newton is Warden of the Royal Mint, which resides within the Tower walls, and he has accepted an appointment from the King of England and Parliament to investigate and prosecute counterfeiters whose false coins threaten to bring down the shaky, war-weakened economy. Ellis may lack Newton’s scholarly mind, but he is quick with a pistol and proves himself to be an invaluable sidekick and devoted apprentice to Newton as they zealously pursue these criminals.

While Newton and Ellis investigate a counterfeiting ring, they come upon a mysterious coded message on the body of a man killed in the Lion Tower, as well as alchemical symbols that indicate this was more than just a random murder. Despite Newton’s formidable intellect, he is unable to decipher the cryptic message or any of the others he and Ellis find as the body count increases within the Tower complex. As they are drawn into a wild pursuit of the counterfeiters that takes them from the madhouse of Bedlam to the squalid confines of Newgate prison and back to the Tower itself, Newton and Ellis discover that the counterfeiting is only a small part of a larger, more dangerous plot, one that reaches to the highest echelons of power and nobility and threatens much more than the collapse of the economy.

Dark Matter is the lastest masterwork of suspense from Philip Kerr, the internationally bestselling and brilliantly innovative thriller writer who has dazzled readers with his imaginative, fast-paced novels. Like An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Name of the Rose, and Kerr’s own Berlin Noir trilogy, Dark Matter is historical mystery at its finest, an extraordinary, suspense-filled journey through the shadowy streets and back alleys of London with the brilliant Newton and his faithful protégé. The haunted Tower with its bloody history is the perfect backdrop for this richly satisfying tale, one that introduces an engrossing mystery into the volatile mix of politics, science, and religion that characterized life in seventeenth-century London.

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"In 1696, young Christopher Ellis is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. Though Ellis is notoriously hotheaded and was caught fighting an illegal duel, he arrives at the Tower as assistant to the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton. Newton is Warden of the Royal Mint, which resides within the Tower walls, and he has accepted an appointment from the King of England and Parliament to investigate and prosecute counterfeiters whose false coins threaten to bring down the shaky, war-weakened economy. Ellis may lack Newton's scholarly mind, but he is quick with a pistol and proves himself to be an invaluable sidekick and devoted apprentice to Newton as they zealously pursue these criminals.". "While Newton and Ellis investigate a counterfeiting ring, they come upon a mysterious coded message on the body of a man killed in the Lion Tower, as well as alchemical symbols that indicate this was more than just a random murder. Despite Newton's formidable intellect, he is unable to decipher the cryptic message or any of the others he and Ellis find as the body count increases within the Tower complex. As they are drawn into a wild pursuit of the counterfeiters that takes them from the madhouse of Bedlam to the squalid confines of Newgate prison and back to the Tower itself, Newton and Ellis discover that the counterfeiting is only a small part of a larger, more dangerous plot, one that reaches to the highest echelons of power and nobility and threatens much more than the collapse of the economy."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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