Matthew Shardlake is the featured character in a series of historical mystery novels by British novelist C.J. Sansom. Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer who works on commission from Thomas Cromwell (who he is a long-time supporter of), and then others later on.
C.J. Sansom is a British author of historical fiction and mystery novels. Sansom got his Ph.D in history from the University of Birmingham. He worked as a lawyer in Sussex before deciding to move to writing full-time. He is best known for his Matthew Shardlake series.