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Dissolution: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery (Matthew Shardlake… (original 2003; edition 2004)
by C. J. Sansom (Author)
Dissolution by C. J. Sansom (2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142004308, Paperback)
Exciting and elegantly written, Dissolution is an utterly compelling first novel and a riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:30 -0400)
Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown in 1537, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion.
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