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by (author) C.C. Humphreys

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
Jul 2016
Historical, Historical, Suspense
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2016
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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.

About the author

C.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in Los Angeles and London. A third-generation actor and writer, his roles have included Hamlet and the gladiator Caleb in A.D. Anno Domini. His plays have been produced in the UK and Canada. A schoolboy fencing champion and fight choreographer, he has turned his love of swashbuckling towards historical fiction. He is married and lives in London.

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Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller
"The brilliance of Fire is that while the villains and their motives are known, the rest of the plot is slowly revealed in an engrossing thriller that shifts from a riverside theatre to the cramped confines of a 17th-century warship and finally to the congested parishes of London. . . . Readers can smell the bitter ash, hear the pleas of the trapped and see the sparks dance from roof to roof." —Maclean's

"Fire unfolds over the course of the summer of 1666, using the reader's knowledge of the coming fire to add a ticking clock to [protagonists] Coke and Pitman's increasingly perilous investigations. . . . Well-worth reading." —National Post
"Fast-paced and salacious. . . . Humphreys' staccato prose drives the plot towards the inevitable trial by fire and a satisfying conclusion. . . . [He] offers up an absorbing and well-wrought blend of heroism and villainy in a story that is ultimately about the danger of unchecked fanaticism and the capacity of bravery to overcome. . . . A lot of fun." —Toronto Star

"C.C. Humphreys' new book Fire is a thrilling reimagining of the events of the 1666 Great Fire of London. A perfect book for anyone with a passion for history or crime fiction, this is an exciting read that will keep you enthralled to the last page." —Classical 96.3 FM
Praise for C.C. Humphreys:
• "[Humphreys'] books are always a treat to read, immersive and thrilling, but with a depth and skill that elevates them." —The Vancouver Sun
• "C.C. Humphreys has managed quite a feat: a book about bubonic plague and a serial killer in 17th century London written with a great sense of fun. . . . For a reader whose taste in crime fiction runs more to dark, contemporary Scandinavians, Humphreys was a delightful treat." —Toronto Star

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