A Conspiracy of Violence
The grim days of Cromwell are past. Freed from the structures of the Protectorate, London seethes with new energy, but many of its citizens have lost their livelihoods. One is Thomas Chaloner, a reluctant spy for the feared Secretary of State, John Thurloe. His erstwhile employer recommends... show more
The grim days of Cromwell are past. Freed from the structures of the Protectorate, London seethes with new energy, but many of its citizens have lost their livelihoods. One is Thomas Chaloner, a reluctant spy for the feared Secretary of State, John Thurloe. His erstwhile employer recommends Thomas to Lord Clarendon, but in return demands that Thomas keep him informed of any plot against him. But what Thomas discovers is that Thurloe had sent another ex-employee to White Hall—and he is dead, purportedly murdered by footpads near the Thames. Thomas volunteers to investigate his killing, but instead he is dispatched to the Tower to unearth the gold buried by the last Governor. There, he discovers not treasure, but evidence that, whomever is in power, greed and self-interest are uppermost in men's minds. And that his own life has no value to either side.
Publish date: October 1st 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 502
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, 17th Century
Series: Thomas Chaloner (#1)
bookshelves: one-penny-wonder, paper-read, restoration, london, mystery-thriller, britain-england, historical-fiction, currently-reading, spies, treasure, under-1000-ratings, autumn-2014 Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Read from September 08 to 18, 2014 Description: T...
A Conspiracy of Violence is an entertaining spy story set in restoration London. The year: 1662. Our narrator, Thomas Chaloner, the nephew of one of the regicides (the men who signed Charles I's death sentence), a veteran of the battle of Naseby, and an out-of-work spy. He had been for a decade a...
A new character in a competely different period and setting from her other detective series. An interesting character to choose - a bit of an outsider. A bit convoluted and it started quite slowly. But certainly interesting enough that I'm looking out for the second book in the series.