The King's Evil

The King's Evil

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From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood.

A royal scandal that could change the face of England forever...


London 1667. In the Court of Charles II, it's a dangerous time to be alive - a wrong move may lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a body at Clarendon House, the palatial home of one of the highest courtiers in the land, could therefore have catastrophic consequences.

James Marwood, a traitor's son, is ordered to cover up the murder. But the dead man is Edward Alderley, the cousin of one of Marwood's acquaintances. Cat Lovett had every reason to want her cousin dead. Since his murder, she has vanished, and all the evidence points to her as the killer.

Marwood is determined to clear Cat's name and discover who really killed Alderley. But time is running out for everyone. If he makes a mistake, it could threaten not only the government but the King himself...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 40mm | 690g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 000811918X
  • 9780008119188
  • 268,211

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'I loved this! It's a treat to read a book that is so immersive, that pulls the reader into an entirely different world...This is a complex story told with clarity - a masterclass in writing for the genre' Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series


'The King's Evil is an absolute treat from start to finish - a hugely engaging, atmospheric historical thriller with not one but two smart and lovable protagonists. Andrew Taylor is one of our finest storytellers' Antonia Hodgson


'Taylor, one of the best historical crime writers today, is on great form with this novel. The plot weaves in and out of Restoration politics with seamless grace' The Times


'Few historical novelists write with more authority and a greater sense of authenticity than Andrew Taylor' Sunday Times


'This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best' Guardian


'Another fine outing from one of the best historical novelists around' Sunday Times


'Taylor has a rare knack for conjuring up an authentic historical atmosphere, and his description of a teeming, uncertain London in a state of flux is vivid and compelling' Observer


'A novel filled with intrigue, duplicity, scandal and betrayal, whose author now vies with another master of the genre, C. J. Sansom' Spectator


'Another rich, sumptuous glory of a novel: perfectly plotted, perfectly peopled, perfectly thrilling and with enough twists to keep a maze-maker happy...I love all of Andrew Taylor's writing and this is a novelist of consummate skill at the absolute peak of his power' Manda Scott


'Glorious' Sunday Express


Praise for Andrew Taylor:


'If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you'll love Andrew Taylor' Peter James


'Effortlessly authentic ... gripping ... moving and believable. An excellent work' C. J. Sansom


'Taylor has long been the pre-eminent chronicler of beautifully atmospheric historical crime' The Times


'A breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era' Financial Times
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About Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor is the author of a number of crime novels, including the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, which was adapted into the acclaimed TV drama Fallen Angel, and the historical crime novels The Ashes of London, The Silent Boy, The Scent of Death and The American Boy, a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club Choice.


He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA's prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing. He also writes for the Spectator and The Times.


He lives with his wife Caroline in the Forest of Dean.
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