In the aftermath of the great fire, eighteenth-century London is a city of extremes. Squalor and superstition vie with elegance and reason as brilliant architect, Nicholas Dyer, is commissioned to build seven new churches. They are to stand as beacons of the Enlightenment – but Dyer plans to conceal a dark secret at the heart of each one.
Two hundred and fifty years later, in the same vast metropolis, a series of murders occur on the sites of those same churches. Detective Nicholas Hawksmoor investigates, but the gruesome crimes make no sense to the modern mind...
Combining thriller, ghost story and metaphysical tract, Hawksmoor won the Whitbread Book Award and Guardian Fiction Prize in 1985.
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“Derek Jacobi romps through the rococo phrasing with such competence that it’s hard to stop listening to this tale”
London in the eighteenth century is a city of extremes: squalor and superstition vie with elegance and enlightenment as the capital's brilliant architect Nicholas Dyer is commissioned to build several new churches in the aftermath of the Great Fire.
Two hundred and fifty years later in the vast, sprawling metropolis of London the legacy of the past lives on, as CID Detective Nicholas Hawksmoor investigates a series of macabre murders that have occurred on the sites of certain eighteenth century churches in the city…
"Brilliant…Ackroyd gives a virtuoso display of his talent for catching not just the tone of voice but also the cast of mind of long dead men, and linking it to our modern world imaginatively"
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Book Description Harpercollins. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060155035 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0012053
Book Description Harpercollins, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060155035