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Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton: A Novel Paperback – 28 October 2003
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- Publisher : Crown Publishing Group (NY); Reprint edition (28 October 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400049490
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400049493
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 1.91 x 20.17 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 265,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philip Kerr has taken this Newton and his assistant, and turned them into Holmes and Watson, placing them at the centre of a serious intrigue involving financial crimes, political battles and religious atrocities.
It's a brilliant period piece which explains a great deal I didn't understand about Restoration Europe. Like his other historical novels Kerr has also carefully used the language of the time, writing in a style reminiscent of Newton's contemporaries such as Pepys, but always readily understandable.
Some of the period detail is quite gruesome, and can be little uncomfortable. This is not a book for the young or seriously squeamish. However the content is appropriate given the quite dark nature of the story.
I haven't enjoyed all of Kerr's more recent works. For example "The Shot", which was a similar kind of period piece, was just too complicated. I have no such complaints about "Dark Matter" - a brilliant historical thriller.
Use of pseudo-Old English needs a few pages to get used to.
Interesting concept making Isaac Newton a sleuth.
Robust language and adult themes as expected from Kerr, but not convinced these are necessary.
I'm a fan of Kerr and enjoyed the book, but it's not his best.