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The King's Spy : (Thomas Hill 1)

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Summer, 1643 England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. The country is consumed by bloodshed. For Thomas Hill, a man of letters quietly running a bookshop in the rural town of Romsey, knowledge of the war is limited to the rumours that reach the local inn. When a stranger knocks on his door one night and informs him that the king's cryptographer has died, everything changes. Aware of Thomas's background as a mathematician and his expertise in codes and ciphers, the king has summoned him to his court in Oxford. On arrival, Thomas soon discovers that nothing at court is straightforward. There is evidence of a traitor in their midst. Brutal murder follows brutal murder. And when a vital message encrypted with a notoriously unbreakable code is intercepted, he must decipher it to reveal the king's betrayer and prevent the violent death that failure will surely bring.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 339.99g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0552166103
  • 9780552166102
  • 412,029

About Andrew Swanston

After reading Law at Cambridge University, Andrew Swanston held various positions in the book trade, including being a director of Waterstone & Co and chairman of Methven's PLC, before turning to full-time writing. Inspired by a lifelong interest in seventeenth-century history, his Thomas Hill novels are set during the English Civil War, and the early period of the Restoration. He lives with his wife in Surrey.show more

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"Wonderful - rich, deep, intelligent and thoughtful with clearly drawn characters and exactly the right amount of suspense" * M C Scott *show more

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Summer, 1643 England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. The country is consumed by bloodshed. For Thomas Hill, a quiet man running a bookshop in the rural town of Romsey, knowledge of the war is limited to the rumours that reach the local inn. When a stranger knocks on his door informing him that the king’s cryptographer has died, everything changes. Aware of Thomas’s expertise in codes and ciphers, the king has summoned him to Oxford. On arrival, Thomas soon discovers that nothing at court is straightforward. There is evidence of a traitor in their midst. Brutal murder follows brutal murder. When a vital message is intercepted, encrypted with a notoriously unbreakable cipher, more lives are in danger. But will Thomas decipher it in time to reveal the king’s betrayer and prevent another violent death?show more

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"Wonderful - rich, deep, intelligent and thoughtful with clearly drawn characters and exactly the right amount of suspense"show more

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373 ratings
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4 41% (152)
3 28% (104)
2 8% (31)
1 1% (5)
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