Philip Kerrs 'Dark Matter -
The Private Life of Sir Issac Newton'
new and eleventh book DARK MATTER THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC
NEWTON is a pluperfect historical yarn which posits Sir Isaac Newton
as a Seventeenth Century forerunner of Arthur Conan Doyles
19th century sleuth Sherlock Holmes.
In 1696 Newton was
the Warden of The Royal Mint ensconced within the notorious blood-soaked
Tower of London. To serve as his bodyguard and amanuensis Sir Isaac
employs bellicose ignoramus Christopher Ellis a swordsman
in both senses of the word, but wetter behind the ears than a harbour
seal pup- yet he proves a quick study under the tuition of the Warden.
DARK MATTER is such an enjoyable fantasy choc-a-bloc with incident and
extraordinary facts about the British currency of the era that the less
committed to paper by me the better. Its trajectory a multi-layered
period paranoid conspiracy thriller is entirely admirable.
Scots crime-mystery-suspense writer Philip Kerr's most celebrated for
his BERLIN NOIR trilogy of the late 80's and earky 90's, featuring the
detective Bernie Gunther a moral man struggling to seek
justice within the maelstrom of Adolf Hitlers Third Reich.The
three books are MARCH VIOLETS, THE PALE CRIMINAL and A GERMAN REQUIEM
© Alex Grant November 2002
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