The author of the acclaimed medieval mystery A Burnable Book once again brings fourteenth-century
London alive in all its color and detail in this riveting thriller featuring
medieval poet and fixer John Gower—a twisty tale rife with intrigue, danger
mystery, and murder.
Though he is one of England’s most acclaimed
intellectuals, John Gower is no stranger to London’s wretched slums and dark
corners, and he knows how to trade on the secrets of the kingdom’s most
powerful men. When the bodies of sixteen unknown men are found in a privy, the
sheriff of London seeks Gower’s help. The men’s wounds—ragged holes created by
an unknown object—are unlike anything the sheriff’s men have ever seen. Tossed
into the sewer, the bodies were meant to be found. Gower believes the men may
have been used in an experiment—a test for a fearsome new war weapon his
informants call the “handgonne,” claiming it will be the “future of death” if
its design can be perfected.
Propelled by questions of his own, Gower turns to
courtier and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer, who is working on some poems about
pilgrims that Gower finds rather vulgar. Chaucer thinks he just may know who
commissioned this new weapon, an extremely valuable piece of information that
some will pay a high price for—and others will kill to conceal. Download and start listening now!