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First came Plague, now comes Fire. The epic tale of the hunt for a serial killer threatening London's rich and poor during the Great Fire of London. Perfect for fans of C.J. Sansom and Conn Iggulden.Fires don't start by themselves. They need someone to light them. What are friends for? As the Great Plague of London loosens its grip at last, Charles II's court moves back to the city, the theatres reopen and a new year arrives. 1666. It cannot be more terrible than the previous year, surely? But it can. For many will strive to make it so; to finally rid London of the curse that brought the plague upon it. A wholesale cleansing is required if society is to be born again. What's more it seems that a serial killer who stalked hand in hand with the Plague might not be dead after all. Together with actress Sarah Chalker, highwayman William Coke and thief-taker Pitman come together as one, determined to stop the brutal murder of London's rich and poor once and for all. But another threat is on the way. It hasn't rained in five months. London is a tinderbox—politically, sexually and religiously. The Great Fire of London is about to ignite. And the final confrontation between Coke, Pitman and Sarah Chalker and their murderous adversary will be decided against a background of apocalypse.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780385679909
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 06, 2016

I thought this would be more historical fiction, but it is just fiction that happens to take place during the 1666 London fire. I didn't realize this book was part of a series so some references in the book didn't make sense to me. I didn't enjoy reading it and wouldn't recommend the novel.

Sep 02, 2016

This second in Humphries' series about the horrific events that befell Restoration England continues with the murderous exploits of a sect of self-appointed "Saints" who sought to destroy the British monarchy and bring about Armageddon -- and centers upon the battle waged by Humphries' protagonist William Coke and his friends in trying to subdue the fanatics. Once again we see that nothing is as effective as religion in subverting men's minds and enabling them to engage in acts of extreme violence, brutality and diabolical intrigues.
This series of books is definitely not for the squeamish. I have a fair tolerance for violence and mayhem when it serves the needs of the narrative and is skillfully portrayed, but I think I've had my fill of this series.

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