While Newton and Ellis investigate a counterfeiting ring, they come upon a mysterious coded message on the body of a man killed in the Lion Tower. Despite Newton's formidable intellect, he is unable to decipher the cryptic message or any of the others he and Ellis find as the body count increases within the Tower complex. As they are drawn into a wild pursuit of the counterfeiters that takes them from the madhouse of Bedlam to the squalid confines of Newgate prison and back to the Tower itself, Newton and Ellis discover that the counterfeiting is only a small part of a larger, more dangerous plot, one that threatens much more than the collapse of the economy.
©2002 Philip Kerr; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"An illuminating, often crackling exploration into the mysteries of science, mathematics, religion, and human nature." (Booklist, Starred Review)
"The ever-versatile Kerr...weaves a rich tapestry of interesting characters and period details. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"A most gripping and well-appointed entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
The story takes place in late 17th century London during the part of Newton's career spent at the Royal Mint. Christopher Ellis is sent to assist Dr. Isaac Newton in his investigations of counterfitters whose operations threaten to bring down a war-weakened economy of England.
The pair of Ellis and Newton almost seem like Holmes and Watson as the book tours through religious history and prejudices to catch the couterfitters who are committing murder in the Tower of London. The author presents a detailed look at what Isaac Newton might have been like while combining this profile within mystery and history set in this novel that is ripe with the names of Newton's famous contemporaries.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was meticulously researched to the point that I had a hard time telling where the fiction began and reality ended. As a nice finishing touch, the book has a light sprinkling of humor in it which will catch you by surprise and leave you delighted.
This is the only abridgment that I own from Audible, and it was a mistake. I'd planned to purchase the full version. I'm not unhappy that I bought the abridgment; this is very well done. However, if you have the option, the unabridged version is far superior. There's a sense of things missing in an abridged version, even if the story is complete.
Kept me gripped all the way through. The authentic reading and language used takes you back to 17th England and a side to Issac Newton I never knew existed.
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