By Philip Kerr
1696, younger Christopher Ellis is distributed to the Tower of London, yet now not as a prisoner. although Ellis is notoriously hotheaded and used to be stuck struggling with an unlawful duel, he arrives on the Tower as assistant to the well known scientist Sir Isaac Newton. Newton is Warden of the Royal Mint, which is living in the Tower partitions, and he has accredited an appointment from the King of britain and Parliament to enquire and prosecute counterfeiters whose fake cash threaten to carry down the shaky, war-weakened economic system. Ellis could lack Newton’s scholarly brain, yet he's speedy with a pistol and proves himself to be a useful sidekick and committed apprentice to Newton as they zealously pursue those criminals.
While Newton and Ellis examine a counterfeiting ring, they arrive upon a mysterious coded message at the physique of a guy killed within the Lion Tower, in addition to alchemical symbols that point out this used to be greater than only a random homicide. regardless of Newton’s bold mind, he's not able to decipher the cryptic message or any of the others he and Ellis locate because the physique count number raises in the Tower complicated. As they're drawn right into a wild pursuit of the counterfeiters that takes them from the madhouse of Bedlam to the squalid confines of Newgate felony and again to the Tower itself, Newton and Ellis observe that the counterfeiting is simply a small a part of a bigger, extra risky plot, person who reaches to the top echelons of strength and the Aristocracy and threatens even more than the cave in of the financial system.
Dark Matter is the lastest masterwork of suspense from Philip Kerr, the the world over bestselling and brilliantly cutting edge mystery author who has dazzled readers along with his inventive, fast paced novels. Like An example of the Fingerpost, The identify of the Rose, and Kerr’s personal Berlin Noir trilogy, Dark Matter is historic secret at its most interesting, a unprecedented, suspense-filled trip in the course of the shadowy streets and again alleys of London with the intense Newton and his devoted protégé. The haunted Tower with its bloody heritage is the ideal backdrop for this richly pleasing story, one who introduces an engrossing secret into the unstable mixture of politics, technological know-how, and faith that characterised existence in seventeenth-century London.
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