Falconer and the Great Beast

Falconer and the Great Beast

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 453.6g
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0753159384
  • 9780753159385

Review Text

A fifth adventure for William Falconer (A Psalm for Falconer, 1997, etc.), Regent Master at Oxford University. It's 1268, and the town is abuzz with news of the arrival of a small contingent of Tartars from the east. Said to be on a diplomatic mission, they have set up their tents outside the town walls to await the arrival of the envoy from King Henry: Sir Hugh Leyghton, a Templar, whose beloved brother Geoffrey died in a holy war involving the Tartars some years ago. The visitors are headed by ambassador Chimbai, his deputy Guchuluk, administrator Yeh-Lu, and Nastorian priest David. All goes smoothly until Chimbai is found dead - killed by a bow and arrow, even though there were guards at the entrance to the tent and its fabric is undamaged. Falconer is determined to find the killer, working with town constable Peter Bullock, a seasoned veteran. There's a second mystery here, too: the disappearance of Friar Bernard de Genova, secretary to Sir Hugh - seen at one point covered in blood. Falconer enlists the help of old friend and mentor Roger Bacon to get at the heart of the puzzle and eventually succeeds, producing a bombshell from the past in the process. A plentitude of characters, plans and plots that go nowhere, along with Morson's usual oversupply of menacing dark shapes and hooded figures cluttering the fetid alleys and adding to the confusion. Best for readers with an interest in the period. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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