S. J. Parris is the pseudonym of Stephanie Merritt. Since graduating from Cambridge, she has worked as a critic for a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as for radio and television. She currently writes for the Guardian in London and is the author of five novels in the Giordano Bruno mystery series. Visit S. J. Parris at www.sjparris.com.
"One of my favorite authors, and she is unquestionably our greatest
living writer of historical thrillers. Few novelists inhabit a
setting - any setting - with such confidence and command; fewer
still devise plots of such cunning and craft. If Hilary Mantel,
John Le Carré, and Michael Connelly were to join forces, they might
gift us with a novel as atmospheric, intelligent, and addictive as
Treachery - or indeed any of Parris's books featuring
monk-turned-spy Giordano Bruno."--A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times
bestselling author of The Woman in the Window [praise for S. J.
"With its twisting plot and vivid scene-setting, Treachery confirms Parris's growing reputation as a writer of historical thrillers."-- "The Sunday Times (London)[praise for S. J. Parris]"
Giordano Bruno, the Italian philosopher-sleuth in this sumptuous series, goes undercover as a Jesuit priest to thwart the assassination plot before it can bring down the monarchy and throw the nation into anarchy. But first, he must solve the exceptionally cruel murder of a much-loved woman whose abused body is discovered in an abandoned graveyard, "a pit of sluts, criminals and suicides." The ferocity of that killing is fair warning of what's ahead: scenes of prison torture (think: "strappado," "scold's bridle" and "the heretic's fork"), culminating in a public execution so intense that it might cause one to toss one's cookies.--Marylin Stasio "New York Times Book Review"