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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
ISBN 8496544893 ISBN13 9788496544895
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More About Michael White
Michael White is a former science editor for British "GQ "who has taught science at d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford. His other books include the international best-seller "Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science" (with John Gribbin), the award-winning "Isaac Newton: the Last Sorcerer, Life Out There," and "Weird Science," He is currently working on a book about scientific rivalry from Newton to Bill Gates. White lives with his wife and family near London.
THis is a well written book, well researched and executed. There is sufficient conspiracy theories, references to ancient crimes and interesting clues to keep the reader engrossed and turning the pages.
However, I worked out where everyone fitted into this mystery within moments of them being introduced - and I mean every one. This doesn't distract from the quality of the writing, or the story itself, but it does take away from its value as a mystery novel, and that's what stops me from giving it 5 stars.
As I have said, it is a very good read - well researched and constructed, but there are not too many real surprises.
A Deadly Secret Oct 22, 2006
Michael White is a very accomplished author, but until now he has used his writing skills to produce a number of non fiction books. He has been a professional musician, a newspaper columnist, a science lecturer and science editor for GQ Magazine. He lives in Australia with his wife and children and this is his first novel.
The City of Oxford, 2006. A young woman has been found brutally murdered. Her throat has been cut. But if that is not macabre enough in true "Ripper" style her heart has been cut out of her chest cavity and in the place where it had been lies what appears to be an ancient gold coin. The following day another woman is found, but this time her brain has been removed and a silver coin lies in the bowl of her skull.
The police force are baffled by the crimes but when Philip Bainbridge, a photographer attached to the police and his one time lover Laura Niven become involved in the crimes they discover that these sadistic murders are not just confined to the present. A mystery begins to unfold which involves Sir Isaac Newton, a powerful man, but a man who lived over 300 years ago, with a deadly conspiracy . A conspiracy that echoes down the centuries and is as lethal today as it was all those years ago . . .
I found the storyline enthralling. Fast, powerful and a great read.