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Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton: A Novelby Philip Kerr
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In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a young, hot-tempered gentleman, is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. A sudden twist of fate has led him there to assist the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has accepted an appointment to hunt down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened economy. Armed with Newton's superior intellect and Ellis's skill with a sword, the new partners seem primed to solve the case. But when their investigation leads them to a mysterious coded message on a corpse hidden in the Lion Tower, they realize that something more sinister is afoot. In the heat of their pursuit, Newton and Ellis's suspicions become all too real as the body count rises and the duo uncovers a menacing far-reaching plot that might lead to the collapse of the government — and cost them their very lives.
An extraordinary, suspense-filled, and richly satisfying tale, Dark Matter is an engrossing mystery infused with the volatile mix of politics, science, and religion that characterized life in seventeenth-century London.
"[A] most gripping and well-appointed entertainment." Publishers Weekly
"Kerr's mastery of period detail makes the story all the more delicious....This isn't as multilayered as Iain Pears' Instance of the Fingerpost, but it is considerably more accessible and covers much of the same thematic ground." Booklist (starred review)
"Plot devices such as secret coded documents, the pseudoscience of alchemy, and a string of strange murders make for an exciting read....Highly recommended." Library Journal
In this enthralling murder-mystery set in 17th century England, acclaimed thriller writer Kerr takes readers deep into the private life of one of history's best known geniuses, Sir Isaac Newton, as Newton uncovers a plot to spark a religious rebellion that could topple the English government.
About the Author
Philip Kerr is the author of The Grid, Esau, the Berlin Noir trilogy, A Philosophical Investigation, and many other books. He and his wife live in London.
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