A Tip for the Hangman: A Novel

A Tip for the Hangman: A Novel by Allison Epstein 0385546718 9780385546713
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Christopher Marlowe, a brilliant aspiring playwright, is pulled into the duplicitous world of international espionage on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I. A many-layered historical thriller combining state secrets, intrigue, and romance.

England, 1585. In Kit Marlowes last year at Cambridge, he receives an unexpected visitor: Queen Elizabeths spymaster, who has come with an unorthodox career opportunity. Her Majestys spies are in need of new recruits, and Kits flexible moral compass has drawn their attention. Kit, a scholarship student without money or prospects, accepts the offer, and after his training the game is on. Kit is dispatched to the chilly manor where Mary, Queen of Scots is under house arrest, to act as a servant in her household and keep his ear to the ground for a Catholic plot to put Mary on the throne.

While observing Mary, Kit learns more than he bargained for. The ripple effects of his service to the Crown are far-reaching and leave Kit a changed man. But there are benefits as well. The salary he earns through his spywork allows him to mount his first play, and over the following years, he becomes the toast of Londons raucous theater scene. But when Kit finds himself reluctantly drawn back into the uncertain world of espionage, conspiracy, and high treason, he realizes everything hes worked so hard to attain--including the trust of the man he loves--could vanish before his very eyes.

Pairing modern language with period detail, Allison Epstein brings Elizabeths privy council, Marlowes lovable theater troupe, and the squalor of sixteenth-century London to vivid, teeming life as Kit wends his way behind the scenes of some of Tudor historys most memorable moments. At the center of the action is Kit himself--an irrepressible, irreverent force of nature. Thrillingly written, full of poetry and danger, A Tip for the Hangman brings an unforgettable protagonist to new life, and makes a centuries-old story feel utterly contemporary.

Author: Allison Epstein

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 384

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 2021-02-09


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