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The Bloodless Boy

(2021)
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A New York Times Best New Historical Novel of 2021

"Potent... fast-paced..." - The New York Times Book Review

"Wonderfully imagined and wonderfully written . . . Superb!" -- Lee Child


Part Wolf Hall, part The Name of the Rose, a riveting new literary thriller set in Restoration London, with a cast of real historic figures, set against the actual historic events and intrigues of the returned king and his court …

The City of London, 1678. New Year’s Day. Twelve years have passed since the Great Fire ripped through the City. Eighteen since the fall of Oliver Cromwell and the restoration of a King. London is gripped by hysteria, and rumors of Catholic plots and sinister foreign assassins abound.
 
When the body of a young boy drained of his blood is discovered on the snowy bank of the Fleet River, Robert Hooke, the Curator of Experiments at the just-formed Royal Society for Improving Natural Knowledge, and his assistant Harry Hunt, are called in to explain such a ghastly finding—and whether it's part of a plot against the king. They soon learn it is not the first bloodless boy to have been discovered.
 
Meanwhile, that same morning Henry Oldenburg, the Secretary of the Royal Society, blows his brains out, and a disgraced Earl is released from the Tower of London, bent on revenge against the King, Charles II.
 
Wary of the political hornet’s nest they are walking into – and using scientific evidence rather than paranoia in their pursuit of truth – Hooke and Hunt must discover why the boy was murdered, and why his blood was taken.

The Bloodless Boy is an absorbing literary thriller that introduces two new indelible heroes to historical crime fiction. It is also a powerfully atmospheric recreation of the darkest corners of Restoration London, where the Court and the underworld seem to merge, even as the light of scientific inquiry is starting to emerge …


Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Wonderfully imagined and wonderfully written, this is an impeccable historical mystery, and also a timely and timeless parable about working inside a paranoid and repressive society. Superb!" - Lee Child

"The Bloodless Boy is a gripping and beautifully written history-mystery which brims with atmosphere and menace." - Martin Edwards

"Lloyd really excels in his descriptions of London, and his understanding of Seventeenth Century science and medicine at the dawn of the Enlightenment." - Jemahl Evans

"The Bloodless Boy is an extraordinary achievement--an almost hallucinatory depiction of 17th century London swimming in political intrigue and the voracious curiosity of early modern scientists. Rarely does fiction feel so much like time travel." - Joseph Finder

"It’s extremely difficult to pull off a historical crime novel that manages to be accurate enough, exciting enough and smart enough to satisfy as thoroughly as The Bloodless Boy, but Robert J. Lloyd makes it look easy." - Christopher Fowler

"A fantastic historical mystery set in an utterly fascinating milieu. I really enjoyed this one." - Adrian McKinty

"Lloyd fuses an infectious love of language and history with spectacular action, an irresistible young hero, and an ingenious mystery. What a delightfully erudite, impeccably well-crafted novel." - Dan Mayland

"Absolutely gripping. A wonderfully researched and thrilling ride through one of London's most fascinating epochs." - Cate Quinn

"An intriguing confection of history and fiction. The novel cleverly combines murder investigation and political intrigue with the pioneering scientific work of Robert Hooke and his colleagues at the Royal Society. Bravo!" - Andrew Taylor


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October 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bloodless Boy
Author(s): Robert J Lloyd
ISBN: 1-61219-939-9 / 978-1-61219-939-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Melville House
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July 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bloodless Boy (A Hunt and Hooke Novel)
Author(s): Robert J Lloyd
ISBN: 1-61219-951-8 / 978-1-61219-951-1 (USA edition)
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August 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bloodless Boy
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ISBN: 1-5005-5069-8 / 978-1-5005-5069-1 (USA edition)
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