'There is no Light without Darknesse and no Substance without Shaddowe'.
So proclaims Nicholas Dyer, assistant to Sir Christopher Wren and the man with a commission to build seven London churches to stand as beacons of the enlightenment.
But Dyer plans to conceal a dark secret at the heart of each church - to create a forbidding architecture that will survive for eternity.
Two hundred and fifty years later, London detective Nicholas Hawksmoor is investigating a series of gruesome murders on the sites of certain eighteenth-century churches - crimes that make no sense to the modern mind..."Chillingly brilliant...sinister and stunningly well executed." (Independent on Sunday).
Peter Ackroyd was born in London in 1949. A novelist, biographer and historian, he has been the literary editor of The Spectator and chief book reviewer for the The Times, as well as writing several highly acclaimed books including a biography of Dickens and London: The Biography.
He lives in London.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/03/1993
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141042015
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Review by Novak
This book gained critical acclaim. I don't think the critics even read it. If Peter Ackroyd set out to write a story that only he really understood, he succeeded..! Dismal, depressing, disjointed...you know the tune...??