"The time is out of joint; o cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right… I wasted time, and now doth time waste me… O, call back yesterday, bid time return"…..William Shakespeare
"What nourishes me destroys me… Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight"…Christopher Marlowe
"It is the word. The word is everything. “
Violent murders spanning nearly 500 years… Mutilated bodies dumped in theatre alleys, their hearts ripped out…Christopher Marlowe's 16th century diary, beginning as a youth, detailing his secret education with William Shakespeare; a diary he kept until the day of Marlowe's own violent murder. These elements have a profound impact on the lives of 20th Century performers Richard Allen, the most famous Shakespearian actor of his generation, and Megan Christopher, a promising young actress. Set against the backdrop of the 1990's Broadway theatre scene, the murders, treachery and madness continue until the reason is unearthed and the carnage can finally cease.
M.N.Quirk is the author of 30 novels in another genre, under the name Mary Anderson.