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A Cruel Necessity (John Grey 1) - L. C. Tyler

A Cruel Necessity (John Grey 1) - L. C. Tyler

Title: A Cruel Necessity

Author:  L. C. Tyler

ISBN:  9781472115034

Weight:  801 g

Lined and prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing



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A Cruel Necessity by L. C. Tyler

The theatres are padlocked.
Christmas has been cancelled.

It is 1657 and the unloved English Republic is eight years old.  Though Cromwell’s joyless grip on power appears immovable, many still look to Charles Stuart’s dissolute and threadbare court-in-exile, and some are prepared to risk their lives plotting a restoration.

For the officers of the Republic, constant vigilance is needed.  So, when the bloody corpse of a Royalist spy is discovered on the dung heap of a small Essex village, why is the local magistrate so reluctant to investigate?  John Grey, a young lawyer with no clients, finds himself alone in believing that the murdered man deserves justice.  Grey is drawn into a vortex of plot and counter-plot and into the all-encompassing web of intrigue spun by Cromwell’s own spy-master, John Thurloe.

So when nothing is what is seems, can Grey trust anyone?

Peer & Press Reviews

L.C. Tyler’s John Grey is a flawed main character but he is likable, the book has a good pace, and life in Essex is well described.  And the end of the story?  You have to read that yourself.  Take your time.  It is worth every minute.

Alice de Sturler, Defrosting Cold Cases

The characterisation is good, it is well-paced and the plot fits in beautifully with the historical events of the day.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and will look out for this author again.

Marilyn Sherlock, Historical Novel Society

This is a well told story with enough action, intrigue, double-dealing and, at times, humour, to keep the reader suitably entertained, and wondering down which path are they being led and to what conclusion.

Melisende, Melisende’s Library

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title A Cruel Necessity
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series A John Grey historical mystery – book 1
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Lined “I had seen death before”
Dated 4/11/14 [prepublication]
Book Stats
Publisher Constable & Robinson
Imprint Constable
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781472115034
ISBN 10 9781472115034
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 307
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 31mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Blacksheep Design
Jacket photography Gordon Crabb, Alison Eldred Artists’ Agent (photo)
Shutterstock (ring)

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