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2.0 out of 5 stars
Far from his best, 4 Jan. 2013
Love his Shardlake novels but this really isn't anywhere near the same standard.
It has two major weaknesses: first, it has a political agenda that gets in the way of the story and also results in it being overlong; second, the story hangs by a thread that really isn't strong enough to take the weight of the narrative; the 'secret' that the older Muncaster passes on to his brother and that drives the subsequent action is so slight that, when revealed, it left me with an acute sense of being let down.
Not a disaster but a disappointment - and when your form is as strong as Sansom's, that simply makes one all the more aware of the difference.