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Revelation by C.J. Sansom
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Aug 21, 2011

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Read from August 23 to 29, 2011

This is the fourth book in Sansom's series, featuring Tudor lawyer and detective Matthew Shardlake, and it's all good. I've really enjoyed all the books in this series and 'Revelation' was no exception to that...

In this volume, Shardlake is settling down to a new job as a barrister in the Court of Requests - a job that suits his egalitarian nature quite well, as it often means representing the poor and oppressed against more powerful adversaries. Among the cases he has picked up is that of Adam Kite, a young man who is risking a nasty death as a heretic because of his compulsive behaviour, which is religious in nature.

Alongside this, when one of Shardlake's friends is found gruesomely murdered, he's unwittingly drawn into a hunt for a serial killer - in a time where having the wrong religious views can literally be fatal, how dangerous is a killer who believes he is re-enacting scenes from the Book of Revelation? There's trouble in the domestic arena too, as Shardlake's friend and employee Jack Barak's marriage is crumbling under the strain of the hunt for the serial killer and other stressors.

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