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The King's Spy

Andrew Swanston

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ISBN 10: 0593068866 / ISBN 13: 9780593068861
Published by Bantam Press, London, 2012
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Excellent Book in Excellent Dust Jacket that is in a protective mylar cover. No bumps, no clips, no foxing. The author has Signed and Dated this copy on the Title Page. "An excellent debut -- intelligent and thoughtful with a ever-twisting plot". "Summer 1643. England is at war with itself." This item carefully packaged and shipped in a sturdy box. Wonderful Collector's Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002659

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Title: The King's Spy

Publisher: Bantam Press, London

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author and Dated

Edition: First Edition.

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Dark secrets and treachery breed vicious murder in the English Civil War.

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.

About the Author:

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.

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