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Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard
  

Acts of the Assassins

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Sequel to Lazarus is Dead but it easily stands alone. It is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, a ‘what if’ story. Here it asks ‘what if the Roman Empire existed today and Jesus lived now?’ And more than that: was the resurrection faked? Where is the body? Did someone switch places with Jesus and die in his place so he could appear to ‘rise again’? Cassius Gallio is the investigator trying to solve these mysteries. Then years later, washed out and brought back he tries to solve the deaths of the Apostles, each more gruesome than the last. It starts like a mystery/thriller but manages to be so much more. A seriously strange read, not for everybody, it forces us to open our minds and suspend disbelief to follow a story well-known to many but told here in a totally new way. If you can make the leap of faith necessary to take this book simply as it comes, it is really something special.

If you like Richard Beard you might also like to read books by Naomi Alderman, Ben Aaronovitch and Marie Phillips.

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Synopsis

Acts of the Assassins by Richard Beard

Gallio does counter-insurgency. But the theft of a body he's supposed to be guarding ruins his career. Bizarre rumours of the walking dead are swirling, there is panic in the air, and it's his job to straighten out the conspiracy. He blows the case. Years later, the file is reopened when a second body appears. Gallio is called back by headquarters and ordered to track down everyone involved the first time round. The only problem is they keep dying, in ever more grotesque and violent ways. How can Gallio stay ahead of the game when the game keeps changing? Acts of the Assassins is about one man's struggle to confront forces beyond his understanding. And about how lonely a turbulent world can be.

Reviews

Brilliantly original and absurdly compelling ... it's a book you'll read in one, frantic gasp Guardian Brilliantly original and absurdly compelling ... it's a book you'll read in one, frantic gasp Guardian Richard Beard is one of those rare writers whose novels are at once radically inventive and brilliantly entertaining. Acts of the Assassins ... is as joyously original as it is a page-turner to read -- Tom Holland Daily Mail The Acts of the Assassins is...spectacularly successful. It is thoughtful and clever and brutal and true... It is a Chinese puzzle box of a novel. A garden of forking paths. A page-turner. A modern classic -- Benjamin Judge Book Munch Extraordinarily funny...confident and enchanting Guardian


About the Author

Richard Beard is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: X20, Damascus, The Cartoonist, Dry Bones, and Lazarus is Dead, and three works of non-fiction: Muddied Oafs, How To Beat the Australians and Becoming Drusilla. He is Director of the National Academy of Writing in London.

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Publication date

19th March 2015

Author

Richard Beard

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Publisher

Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781846558399

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