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  • Published: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780552169578
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99

Into The Fire

A spellbinding narrative in the tradition of Kate Mosse's Labyrinth which thrillingly links arson attacks in modern-day France with the story of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years War

There is a secret hidden within a body, burning within the flames, that will change history forever.

2014: In the French city of Orléans, a man’s charred corpse is found in a burned-out hotel, stripped of all ID. Police captain Inès Picaut must hunt down his killer before others fall prey to the fire. She has only one clue: the name of a woman who has been dead for over five hundred years.

1429: Joan of Arc is taking the war to the English. They want her dead but the only way to reach her is through a fiercely loyal inner circle - until undercover spy Tomas Rustbeard finally earns her trust…

The myths of the past hold the key to the mystery of the present, but how many must die before the truth is laid bare?

  • Pub date: 1 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780552169578
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Manda Scott

Over the past two decades Manda Scott has brought iconic historical figures back to life, reimagined and re-booted for the twenty-first century. Her crime novels have been shortlisted for many awards including Hen's Teeth for the Orange Prize and No Good Deed for an Edgar Award. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.

Manda’s bestselling Boudica series was recently optioned for television.

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Praise for Into The Fire

“A clever, gripping thriller — a Da Vinci Code for those who like their prose to be elegant as well as page-turning”

Antonia Senior, The Times â?? Best Historical Fiction of 2015

“Magnificent...Clever, gripping, and a nifty thriller to boot”

Daily Mail

“Into the Fire is a wonderful blend of fast and furious action, bravura storytelling, a palpable sense of place - Orléans past and present - and a whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the final pages. Fabulous.”

Kate Mosse

“Wonderful...Combines the two things I love most: thrillers and historical fiction”

Daily Express

“Expertly blends a very plausible solution to a genuine historical mystery with a compulsive contemporary thriller. The result, as the title suggests, is intoxicatingly fiery reading”

Robert Goddard

“Manda Scott’s writing is so grippingly vivid that once you begin reading, it becomes your reality. Highly recommended”

Elizabeth Chadwick

“To say I was blown away is an understatement of the greatest magnitude. Into the Fire is in a word, magnificent. Page turning. Visceral. Mesmerising. Evocative - it's so evocative. It's filthy-nailed, sweat-stained, blood-drenched, gut-wrenching, tear-inducing. It's everything I want a book to be – I did not want it to end”

Ben Kane

“An absorbing thriller that cleverly unites the past and the present”

Nick Rennison, BBC History

“An absorbing thriller that cleverly unites the past and the present”

Nick Rennison, BBC History

“Riveting for both the pulse-pounding action and the moral and character complexity”


“Exceptionally well-paced, and altogether a real treat”

Historical Novels Review

“Manda Scott is an amazing writer who constantly subverts our expectations. As a historical novelist, she has a habit of showing us the familiar from unexpected angles. In the process, her books reveal overlooked truths about the past. Her crime novels and thrillers, on the other hand, display an author entirely at home with the issues and technologies of the present, as well as a mistress of her craft. Into The Fire is Manda Scott’s best book yet, which is saying a great deal. It’s not just a crackingly good thriller and a ground-breaking historical novel. It also changes the way we think about a key episode in history.”

Andrew Taylor

“Cleverly plotted, taut and febrile...Scott's writing is swift and vigorous, a far cry from many of the weedy, court-bound historical novels of today...Salty and vivid, and persuasively evoke[s] not only the brimstone of war but the lives and patterns of thought of its participants”

Toby Clements, Sunday Telegraph

“The pace never falters. Scott weaves together a thriller ‘save the universe in 45 minutes’ plotline with compelling historical narrative . . . Into The Fire deserves to be widely read and talked about”

Crime Review

“Beautifully written, well researched, and gripping”

Book Oxygen

“An ingenious and thrilling read...A masterclass in writing historical fiction”

Antonia Senior, The Times BOOK OF THE MONTH

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