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Firedrake's Eye Paperback – 1 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA (1 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312180942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312180942
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Intelligent thriller with likeable heroes, nail-biter plot... Intelligent thriller first, historical novel second, this underrated novel concerns a Day of the Jackal-style assassination plot on the life of Queen Elizabeth I. Our heroes, clever Simon Ames and bear-like ex-mercenary Becket, try to read the clues that will lead to a dangerous assassin consistently one step ahead of them. Patricia Finney's grasp of historical detail is sufficiently good for London to never quite seem the same again after reading about its dank alleyways and filthy taverns four centuries ago. But Finney's real strength is her set-pieces - a swordfight on Bankside interrupted by a performing bear; Simon Ames hanging onto London Bridge for dear life as a pikeman swipes at him, the river rushing below; and best of all the climactic final scene and denouement.

Comparisons have been made with Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose but Firedrake's Eye is more of a straight-up, classy detective novel - Ian Rankin with doublets, perhaps? -- Richard Goff from London --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A riveting Elizabethan thriller from a highly talented author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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