Derek Wilson is a well-established popular academic historian with over 60 books and numerous articles, TV and radio programme to his credit. He specialises in the personalities, ideas and conflicts of the Reformation. He is also an enthusiastic writer of crime fiction. Sometimes he manages to wear these two hats at the same time, as in The First Horseman, to be published by Little Brown’s Crime Vault this August.
Derek’s latest book is Magnificent Malevolence, Memoirs of a Career in Hell In the Tradition of the Screwtape Letters. It takes up the chronicle of diabolical subversion from the point at which C.S. Lewis left it. Just how have the fiends been messing up the world – and especially the Christian part of it – since World War II? This ‘autobiography’ – ‘darkly funny and sharply written’ (Murray Watts) provides some answers. ISBN 978 1 78264 018 9 UK£7.99 US $14.99 Lion Fiction, www.lionhudson.com
Pre-dawn, 13 November 1536: Robert Packington, Mercer, London Councillor, MP, crosses dark misty Cheapside. A cloaked figure raises a pistol, fires a fatal shot and disappears down a side street. Never before has anyone been assassinated with a handgun. This new kind of crime sends a shock wave through the nation but the hit-man is never found.
“Masterly. [Wilson] has a deep understanding of … characters, reaching out across the centuries.”