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Author: C. J. Sansom Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shardlake Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781461807971
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Exciting and elegantly written, Dissolution is an utterly compelling first novel and a riveting portrayal of Tudor England.

The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again—for the next target might be Shardlake.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable debut.”

    P. D. James, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a humdinger of a whodunnit. Read it!”

    Colin Dexter

  • “Sansom seems to have been born with, or instinctively acquired, that precious balance of creativity and research that lets a mystery set in another time walk a delicate line between history and humanity.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Sansom does a remarkably fine job of bringing the period and its larger-than-life characters (many real, some, like Shardlake, imagined) to life.”


  • “A compelling historical mystery...Readers who want something a step up in complexity from Ellis Peters’ Cadfael series will find this satisfying fare.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sansom’s first novel will not disappoint fans of historical fiction.”


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About the Author

C. J. Sansom earned a PhD in history and was a lawyer before becoming a full-time writer.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.