A Fine Madness: A Christopher Marlowe Murder Mystery

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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
Alan Judd is the author of eleven novels and two biographies. Chosen as one of the original twenty Best Young British Novelists, he subsequently won the Royal Society of Literature's Winifred Holtby Award, the Heinemann Award, and the Guardian Fiction Award; he was also shortlisted for the Westminster Prize. His most recent novel to be published in America is The Kaiser's Last Kiss (Atria). He lives in Sussex, England.
"Alan Judd knows more about the secret world than any other writer living. To have him turn his expert eye on the world of Christopher Marlowe--and on Francis Walsingham, the Elizabethan George Smiley--is a special kind of literary treat."--Mick Herron, author of Slough House
"Well-researched splice of fiction and historical fact. A vivid tale of espionage, dissent, and intellectual discourse, with the past brought to teeming, pungent life."-- "The Guardian"
"Skillfully evokes the atmosphere of suspicion and fear, painting a convincing portrait of the mercurial dramatist while still allowing Marlowe to remain something of the enigma he has always been."-- "The London Sunday Times Historical Novel of the Month"
"A masterful storyteller with an intricate knowledge of his subject."-- "The Daily Telegraph"
"At the heart of this spy novel stands the mercurial, enigmatic figure of Christopher Marlowe, whose premature death is a tavern brawl has proven an enduring mystery. Draws on the real records of Marlowe's death and the secret service to craft a gripping story."-- "BBC History Magazine"
"Judd keeps us guessing until the last pages of this taut, clever, thought-provoking thriller."-- "The Spectator"
"Superior prose is a plus. This clever recreation of a complex life stands above the many other fictional explanations for Marlowe's death. Fans of Iain Pears will be engrossed."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred)"
"As the story unfolds, the details unveil the complexities of Marlowe's proclivities, ranging from political machinations to a hidden gay relationship. But does Phelippes have enough information about Marlowe to really gain his freedom? And what exactly does the king intend to do with the information? Judd delivers a truly intriguing and well-researched premise in this historical mystery."-- "Library Journal"