Into the Fire
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Into the Fire


(Previously titled and never released as The Nature of Fire)

February 2014: Police Capitaine Inés Picaut is called out to investigate a blaze in the old town of Orléans. This is the fourth in a series of increasingly brutal arson attacks, and at the centre of the conflagration lies a body. An Islamic extremist faction claims responsibility, but Inés and her team cannot trace its whereabouts, or any evidence of its existence. And a partly melted memory card found in the victim's throat is the only clue to his identity.

September 1429: Joan of Arc is in the process of turning the tide of The Hundred Years' War. English troops have Orléans under siege, and Tomas Rustbeard, the Duke of Bedford's most accomplished agent, finally has her in his sights. But he knows that killing 'The Maid' – the apparently illiterate peasant girl who nonetheless has an unmatched sense of military strategy and can ride a warhorse in battle – is not enough. He must destroy the legend that has already grown around her. And to do that, he must get close enough to discover who she really is.

More fires rage and the death toll mounts while Inés fights to discover what connects an expert in the analysis of war graves, the unquenchable ambitions of the Family which seeks to hold the city in its absolute power, and the discredited historical theories of her own late and much lamented father.

When Tomas risks everything to infiltrate the hotly defended inner circle of the Saviour of France, he finally discovers a secret that will prove as explosive nearly six hundred years later as it would do if revealed in his own time.

As each thread of Manda Scott's immaculately interwoven narrative unfolds, Inés and Tomas's quests become linked across the centuries. And in their pursuit of the truth, they find that love is as enduring as myth – but can lead to the greatest and most heart-breaking of sacrifices.

Title:Into the Fire
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:479 pages

    Into the Fire Reviews

  • Susan
    May 22, 2015

    I have enjoyed Manda Scott’s books since her first novel and so was keen to read her latest. This novel uses a plot device which seems to be becoming very over-used, the dual timeline. In this case,...

  • Mieneke
    Jun 24, 2015

    Manda Scott’s latest novel, Into The Fire is an interesting version of historical crime fiction: there is historical fiction, there is crime fiction, but they aren’t set in the same time. I found ...

  • David Reviews
    Jun 22, 2015

    Manda Scott brings us an enthralling dual time story set in France of 2014 and 1428. In the modern day French city of Orleans there is terrorism as fires are set with an extremist group claiming respo...

  • Patricia Bracewell
    Jul 25, 2015

    I have always been fascinated by the figure of Joan of Arc, so this book intrigued me even before I began reading it. The story opens in contemporary France with a series of fires – and a death; but...

  • Kate
    Feb 09, 2015

    I have been looking forward to this novel ever since I heard it was on the way a year or two ago. I don't know of any other writer who gets into the heart of his or her characters as Manda Scott does....

  • Lynne Hutchinson
    Jun 28, 2015

    Too many nights sat up until 3am reading this novel, thinkng I'd just read the next chapter...and the next..... Loved the way the two timelines came together without being obvious from way back in the...

  • Angela Smith
    Jun 07, 2015

    I have been wanting to read Manda Scott's books for a while now and I have her Boudica series on my tbr list so it wasn't a difficult choice to want to read this. Joan of Arc is a woman that has alway...

  • Thelastwordreview
    Jun 26, 2015

    Imagine a thriller spanning 600 hundred years. Sounds incredible but that is exactly what Manda Scott has achieved just that with Into the Fire.This is a unique recipe of two great crime novels rolled...

  • Deborah Pickstone
    Jun 01, 2015

    4 1/2 starsVery good, though it took the first half before I was hooked and it became unputdownable. Manda Scott has applied her usual interesting approach to an old mystery - who was Jehanne d'Arc? A...

  • Daria Tyuneva
    Sep 18, 2016

    Well, this one is a bit of a SLOW-BURNER. 200 pages in and I'm going to just leave it because It doesn't look like it's getting anywhere. What is the point of advertising a book to be a Dan Brown sort...

About Manda Scott

Manda Scott

Novelist, columnist and broadcaster MC Scott (aka Manda Scott) trained as a veterinary surgeon in Glasgow and worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Dublin, specialising in anaesthesia. A brief three year stint as a Director of the computer games company, Frontier Developments (Elite, Frontier First Encounter, Wallace and Gromit; Elite: Dangerous) bridged the gap from veterinary medicine to w