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Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015.
A complicated, thrilling tale with many threads all leading to a Royalist plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Our hero, Damien Seeker, is the leader of a group of soldiers fiercely loyal to Cromwell and detailed to hunt Royalists. He is also a sympathetic, careful man, a great character. There is a lot of social history here, a lot of fascinating detail, all totally enthralling. It centres around a painting in a coffee house where opinionated folk meet. It is quite literally almost impossible to put down. Seeker himself is a man with a secret which adds to the thrill. A truly clever and absorbing book. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
London, 1654. Oliver Cromwell is at the height of his power and has declared himself Lord Protector. Yet he has many enemies, at home and abroad. London is a teeming warren of spies and merchants, priests and soldiers, exiles and assassins. One of the web's most fearsome spiders is Damian Seeker, agent of the Lord Protector. No one knows where Seeker comes from, who his family is, or even his real name. All that is known of him for certain is that he is utterly loyal to Cromwell, and that nothing can be long hidden from him. In the city, coffee houses are springing up, fashionable places where men may meet to plot and gossip. Suddenly they are ringing with news of a murder. John Winter, hero of Cromwell's all-powerful army, is dead, and the lawyer, Elias Ellingworth, found standing over the bleeding body, clutching a knife. Yet despite the damning evidence, Seeker is not convinced of Ellingworth's guilt. He will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice: and Seeker knows better than any man where to search.
|Publication date:||19th May 2016|
|Author:||S. G. MacLean|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 01/08/2021
'The contradictions and compromises of Cromwell's Proctectorate are rather brilliantly woven into the thrilling plot ... If her next outing is as riveting as this one, she could challenge CJ Sansoms' Shardlake for dominion of the crowded historical crime niche' The Times
S. G. MacLean has a PhD in history from Aberdeen University, specializing in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scottish history. She lives in Conon Bridge, Scotland with her husband and four children. The Devil's Recruit, her fourth novel, follows three highly acclaimed historical thrillers, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, A Game of Sorrows and Crucible.More About S. G. MacLean