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Heresy by S. J. Parris
  

Heresy

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One of our Debuts of the Year 2011.

March 2011 Debut of the Month.

A vivid and gripping historical thriller set in Elizabethan England introducing Giordano Bruno, philosopher, scientist and spy for all fans of C.J.Sansom and The Name of the Rose. Stalking a cunning and determined killer through the shadowy cloisters of Oxford, Bruno realizes that even the wise cannot always tell truth from heresy. But some are prepared to kill for it.

'Heresy has everything - intrigue, mystery, excellent history and haunting sense of place. The beginning of a wonderful new detective series'
Kate Mosse

If you like S. J. Parris you might also like to read books by Ariana Franklin, Claire Letemendia and C. J. Sansom.

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Synopsis

Heresy by S. J. Parris

England, 1583. A country awash with paranoia and conspiracy -- but a safe haven for a radical monk on the run. Giordano Bruno, with his theories of astronomy and extraterrestrial life, has fled the Inquisition for the court of Elizabeth I. Here, he attracts the attention of Francis Walsingham, chief spymaster and sworn enemy of Catholic plotters. Bruno is sent undercover to Oxford, where the university is believed to be a hotbed of French dissent. Bruno quickly finds himself drawn into college intrigues, and distracted by a beautiful young woman. Before long, he is investigating a hideous series of murders, each linked by a letter offering clues. The letters suggest that each victim was guilty of heresy. But is Bruno being aided or misled - or is he himself the next target?

Reviews

'Heresy has everything - intrigue, mystery, excellent history and haunting sense of place. The beginning of a wonderful new detective series'
Kate Mosse

'Fascinating ! The period is incredibly vivid and the story utterly gripping'
Conn Iggulden (bestselling author of Bones of the Hills and The Dangerous Book for Boys)

'Heresy is a riveting read. Rich in both historical detail and ingenious twists, S J Parris has created a character in Giordano Bruno that will endure. A true rival to C J Sansom'
Sam Bourne (bestselling author of The Righteous Men)

'Heresy is a must-read for every fan of historical thrillers. S. J. Parris transports the reader back to an extraordinary time in history by mobilizing fascinating details, suspense, and fully-drawn characters. Giordano Bruno turns out to be that rare hero, charismatic and nuanced enough to impel an encore, and to leave us asking for more from the gifted Parris'
Matthew Pearl (author of The Dante Club)

'Parris paces her yarn perfectly'
Daily Telegraph

'An atmospheric and well-written historical thriller'
Guardian

'Parris succeeds where much historical fiction fails'
Observer

'The places and people are vividly described with a merciful absence of period language, and the solution to this exciting, well-written tale comes as a real surprise'
Literary Review

About the Author

S. J. Parris

S.J. Parris is the pseudonym of author and journalist Stephanie Merritt. It was as a student in Cambridge researching a paper on the period that Stephanie first became fascinated by the rich history of Tudor England and Renaissance Europe. Since then, her interest has grown and led her to create this series of historical thrillers featuring Giordano Bruno.

Stephanie has worked as a critic and feature writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as radio and television. She currently writes for the Observer and the Guardian, and lives in Surrey with her son.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

S. J. Parris

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Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
512 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9780007317707

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