Tamburlaine Must Die

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Canongate Books, Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 160 pages
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A thrilling Elizabethan murder mystery starring Christopher Marlowe, a man with seventy-two hours to live, by the author of the sleeper hit The Cutting Room

Louise Welsh’s riveting, provocative debut novel of psychological suspense, The Cutting Room, was a tremendous international success, translated into sixteen languages, and The Guardian selected it as one of the five best debut novels of 2002. The New York Times Book Review called it, simply, a “knockout debut.” Her much anticipated follow-up is now upon us.  

It’s 1593 and London is a city on edge. Under threat from plague and war, it’s a desperate place where strangers are unwelcome and severed heads grin from spikes on Tower Bridge.  

Playwright, poet, spy, and man of prodigious appetites, Christopher Marlowe is working on his latest literary effort and enjoying the English countryside at his patron’s estate when his idyll is cut short. A messenger from the queen and the nefarious Privy Council summons his immediate return to London. And in the following three days Marlowe confronts dangerous government factions, double agents, necromancy, betrayal, and revenge in his search for the murderous Tamburlaine, a killer who has escaped from between the pages of Marlowe’s most violent play. Tamburlaine is scandalizing London, mocking its leaders and institutions, and fomenting unrest. Marlowe, desperate and perplexed by who could be using his own character as a mouthpiece to destroy him, must confront his creation, or die.

Tamburlaine Must Die is the gripping, seventy-two hour adventure story of a man who dared to defy both God and his queen—and discovers that there are worse fates than damnation.

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

Not much is really known about the circumstances that surround the death of Christopher Marlowe. We know how he died and who he was with at the time, but was it a drunken brawl that ended tragically ... Read full review

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User Review  - christinelstanley - LibraryThing

This novella is excellent, full of intrigue, betrayal and full-on entertainment. The writing is concise and descriptive at the same time. As earlier reviews, I would have been happy to read a full novel with more characterisation. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

LOUISE WELSH has published many short stories and articles. The Cutting Room, her first novel, was a highly anticipated debut. It is already being translated into sixteen languages and has been optioned for feature film. Louise was chosen as one of Britain’s Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian. The Cutting Room won the Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel (2002), The Saltire First Book of the Year Award (2002) and BBC’s Underground 2003 Writer’s Award. She lives in Glasgow.

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