It is 1537 and Thomas Cromwell has ordered that all monastries should be dissolved. Cromwell's Comissioner is found dead, his head severed from his body. Dr Matthew Shardlake, lawyer and long-time supporter of Reform, is sent to uncover the truth behind what has happened. His investigation forces him to question everything that he himself believes. (Adapted from Fantastic Fiction website description: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/s/c-j-sansom/dissolution.htm - accessed 29/06/2007).