A Burnable Book (John Gower, Book 1) by Bruce Holsinger

By Bruce Holsinger

London, 1385. Surrounded by way of ruthless courtiers—including his strong uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's crafty mistress, Katherine Swynford—England's younger king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard throughout London, acknowledged to originate from an historic booklet that prophesies the ends of England's kings—including Richard's assassination. just a couple of strong males recognize that the cryptic strains derive from a "burnable book," a seditious paintings that threatens the steadiness of the world. to discover the manuscript, wily bureaucrat Geoffrey Chaucer turns to fellow poet John Gower, a qualified dealer in details with connections excessive and low.

Gower discovers a conspiracy that reaches from the king's courtroom to London's slums—and almost certainly implicates Gower's personal son. because the intrigue deepens, it turns into transparent that John Gower, a guy with secrets and techniques of his personal, may well carry the foremost to saving the king, and England itself.

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The documents were all OK, I had only to sign the report. Every time I’ve seen Wennerström’s name in the press since then I think about Minos, and not least because some years later, in the midnineties, my bank was doing some business with Wennerström. ” “No, nothing that obvious. We both made money on the deals. It was more that . . I don’t know quite how to explain it, and now I’m talking about my own employer, and I don’t want to do that. But what struck me—the lasting and overall impression, as they say—was not positive.

It was at Milton Security’s Christmas party one evening in December, and for once he was not sober. Nothing inappropriate had happened—he had just tried to tell her that he actually liked her. Most of all he wanted to explain that he felt protective towards her, and if she ever needed help with anything, she should not hesitate to come to him. He had even tried to give her a hug. All in friendliness, of course. She had wriggled out of his clumsy embrace and left the party. After that she had not appeared at the office or answered her mobile.

The lawyer scrutinised Salander with searching eyes, and Armansky noticed that for the first time since she began her report, the client was 45 showing more than a polite interest. He made a mental note that the Wennerström affair held a certain interest for Frode. Correction, Armansky thought at once, Frode was not interested in the Wennerström affair—it was when Salander hinted that Blomkvist was set up that Frode reacted. ” Frode said. ” “Everything in Blomkvist’s background shows that he’s a very careful reporter.

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