A city on edge.
Under threat from plague and war, strangers are unwelcome, suspicion is wholesale, severed heads grin from the spikes on Tower Bridge.
Playwright, poet and spy, Christopher Marlowe walks the city’s mean streets with just three days to find the murderous Tamburlaine, a killer escaped from the pages of his most violent play.
Tamburlaine Must Die is the searing adventure of a man who dares to defy both God and the state and whose murder remains a taunting mystery to the present day.
“Welsh shows not just her skill in plotting but also a commendable feeling for period. The vignettes of Elizabethan life in all its raw immediacy ring thrillingly true. It is a marvellous effort by an underrated writer.”
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Louise Welsh is the bestselling author of The Cutting Room and Tamburlaine Must Die. She was chosen as one of Britain’s Best First Novelists of 2002 by the Guardian, won The Crime Writers’ Association Creasey Dagger for the best first crime novel, and the Saltire First Book of The Year Award, 2002. Her new novel, The Bullet Trick is published in paperback Feb 2007.