By Philip Kerr
In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a tender, hot-tempered gentleman, is distributed to the Tower of London, yet no longer as a prisoner. A surprising accident has led him there to help the popular scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has authorised an appointment to seek down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened economic system. Armed with Newton’s stronger mind and Ellis’s ability with a sword, the hot companions look primed to resolve the case. but if their research leads them to a mysterious coded message on a corpse hidden within the Lion Tower, they notice that anything extra sinister is afoot. within the warmth in their pursuit, Newton and Ellis’s suspicions develop into all too genuine because the physique count number rises and the duo uncovers a menacing far-reaching plot that may result in the cave in of the government—and price them their very lives. a unprecedented, suspense-filled, and richly pleasurable story, darkish topic is an engrossing secret infused with the unstable mixture of politics, technological know-how, and faith that characterised lifestyles in seventeenth-century London.
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In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a tender, hot-tempered gentleman, is distributed to the Tower of London, yet now not as a prisoner. A unexpected coincidence has led him there to aid the well known scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has approved an appointment to seek down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened financial system.
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For they regard us as interlopers, although in truth we have been here almost as long as they. But this Tower has too many people in it, and there's the crux of the problem. "Until recently the Ordnance had occupied the Irish Mint, which is near the Salt Tower, at the far end of this road we are on. They had seized the Porter's house and some clerks' dwellings, and built a barracks on a vacant site. But this Great Recoinage has enabled us to get them out of the Mint again, and back within the inner rampire of the Tower, where the common soldiers now take turns to sleep in a bed, so that they now hate us most bitterly.
Perhaps it was as little as half an hour, perhaps much longer, but I awoke with a start, as if I had pulled myself out of the grave and back into life. Immediately I was possessed of the certainty that I was not alone; and holding my breath I became convinced that the dark shadows of my bedchamber were animated with the respiration of another. I sat up and, my whole body swayed by the beating of my own heart, I listened as closely to the tenebrous atmosphere as if I had been the prophet Samuel himself.
This was true. I had never lived on my own. At the Bar I had shared rooms with another man; and before that, I had been at the University of Oxford where I had lived in college. And it was a great pleasure to close the door of a whole house behind me and be by myself. For all my life I had been obliged to find a space away from brothers and sisters, students and pupil barristers in order that I might read, or dream. But the first night I spent in my new house at the Tower was very nearly my last.
Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton by Philip Kerr