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Into the Fire by Manda Scott
  

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Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why she is one of the most exciting, innovative and highly accomplished storytellers of our age.

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Synopsis

Into the Fire by Manda Scott

There is a secret, hidden within a body, burning within the flames, that will change it all. A man's charred corpse is found in the latest of a string of arson attacks in the French city of Orleans. His is the first death. An extremist group claim responsibility but their whereabouts cannot be found. Police inspector Capitaine Ines Picault and her team must track them down before more people die. Their only clue? The name of a woman who has been dead for over 500 years: Joan of Arc. She is one of the great enigmas of history - a young woman who came from nowhere to lead the armies of France to victory against England. And who died the same fiery death as the man whose body has just been discovered. As more fires rage in Orleans and the death toll mounts, Picault must look to the past and the secrets which lie buried there to unravel the mysteries of the present. As the clock counts down, she must challenge some fundamental truths to save those closest to her...


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'Into the Fire is a wonderful blend of fast and furious action, bravura storytelling, a palpable sense of place - Orleans past and present - and a whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the final pages. Fabulous.' -- Kate Mosse

'Riveting for both the pulse-pounding action and the moral and character complexity' Bookseller

'Expertly blends a very plausible solution to a genuine historical mystery with a compulsive contemporary thriller. The result, as the title suggests, is intoxicatingly fiery reading' -- Robert Goddard

'Manda Scott's writing is so grippingly vivid that once you begin reading, it becomes your reality. Highly recommended' -- Elizabeth Chadwick

'To say I was blown away is an understatement of the greatest magnitude. Into the Fire is in a word, magnificent. Page turning. Visceral. Mesmerising. Evocative - it's so evocative. It's filthy-nailed, sweat-stained, blood-drenched, gut-wrenching, tear-inducing. It's everything I want a book to be - I did not want it to end' -- Ben Kane

About the Author

Manda Scott

Manda Scott is a veterinary surgeon, writer and climber. Born and educated in Scotland, she now lives in Suffolk with two lurchers and too many cats. Known primarily as a crime writer, her first novel, Hen’s Teeth was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. Her subsequent novels are Night Mares, Stronger than Death and No Good Deed, for which she was hailed by the Times as ‘one of Britain’s most important crime writers’.

Manda Scott is Chair of the Historical Writers' Association.

Michael Morpurgo, former Children's Laureate and author of bestsellers such as War Horse and Why The Whales Came, is the inaugural President of the Historical Writers' Association beginning in Autumn 2011. The Historical Writers' Association (www.thehwa.co.uk) will celebrate its first anniversary in October. It was founded to bring social and professional support to writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, publishers, agents and booksellers, all bound both by their common interest in historical books and by the sense of community that comes from a shared obsession.

Since its creation, the Historical Writers' Association has launched the first Festival of Historical Writing in association with English Heritage as part of their Festival of History at Kelmarsh in Northamptonshire this July. In September, a partnership was announced with Goldsboro Books to launch a new literary prize, the HWA/Goldsboro Crown for Debut Historical Fiction, the first of which will be presented at Goldsboro's History in the Court Festival next year on 27th September 2012.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Manda Scott

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Hardback

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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9780593072479

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