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A masterpiece of corruption

A masterpiece of corruption

Tyler, L. C., author

It is December 1657. John Grey, at his cramped desk in Lincoln's Inn, is attempting to resume his legal career. A mysterious message from a 'Mr SK' tempts him out into the snowy streets of London and to what he believes will be a harmless diversion from his studies. Mr SK's letter proves to have been intended for somebody else entirely and Grey finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a plot to assassinate the Lord Protector - a plot about which he now knows more than it is safe to know. Can he both prevent the murder and (of greater immediate relevance) save his own skin? Both the Sealed Knot and Cromwell's Secretary of State, John Thurloe believe he is on their side, but he is unsure that either is on his. As somebody is kind enough to point out to him: 'You are a brave man, Grey. The life of a double agent can be exciting but very short.' Grey just has to hope that prediction is wrong

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Constable, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: L.C. Tyler
ISBN: 1472114965, 9781472114969
Physical Description: 306 pages ; 24 cm.
Series: A John Grey historical mystery
Subject: London (England) History 17th century Fiction.; Great Britain History Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1649-1660 Fiction.
Series Title: John Grey historical mystery.

Author note

L. C. Tyler was born in Essex and educated at Jesus College, Oxford and City University. His comic crime series featuring author-and-agent duo Ethelred Tressider and Elise Thirkettle has twice been nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards in the US, and he won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award withHerring in the Library.

He has lived and worked all over the world, but has more recently been based in London and Sussex. He is currently Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

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A fast-paced tale of double-crossing and double agents
The Times||I was seduced from John Grey's first scene||A dizzying whirl of plot and counterplot
Guardian||[L. C. Tyler] juggles his characters, story, wit and clever one liners with perfect balance
The Times

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Praise for L. C. Tyler

'Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance.'The Times

'Witty and amazing, L. C. Tyler has a wicked sense of humour.' M. C. Beaton

'Unusually accomplished.' Helen Dunmore

'A classic detective novel.'The Scotsman

'Unique, intelligent and fun.'Lancashire Evening Post