The Demon’s Parchment

THE DEMON’S PARCHMENT
October 2010, $24.99
ISBN-13: 978-0312621049

Shortlisted for RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and for the Bruce Alexander Award

In fourteenth century London, Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight convicted of treason and stripped of his land, title and his honor. He has become known as the “Tracker”—a man who can find anything, can solve any puzzle and, with the help of his apprentice, Jack Tucker, an orphaned street urchin with a thief’s touch—will do so for a price. But this time, even Crispin is wary of taking on his most recent client. Jacob of Provencal is a Jewish physician at the King’s court, even though all Jews were expelled from England nearly a century before. Jacob wants Crispin to find stolen parchments that might be behind the recent, ongoing, gruesome murders of young boys, parchments that someone might have used to bring forth a demon which now stalks the streets and alleys of London.

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* “Westerson skillfully lulls her sleuth and the reader into a sense of ‘I know what is going on,’ then zings them with the truth. Absolutely first-class; highly recommended for fans of medieval mysteries.” —Library Journal, Starred Review

“The best yet in the series!” —Publishers Weekly

TOP PICK! ****1/2 “The writing is wonderful and the history vividly presented. Not to be missed by fans of real historical mysteries.” —Romantic Times Magazine, four and a half stars

“A solid plot and cast of characters, a feel for the story’s place and time, and an appealing noirish air.” —Booklist

“First rate…an exceptionally satisfying series!”—Renaissance Magazine

“The story moves at an excellent pace, with lots of action, suspense, and great dialogue…If noir is your genre, this is a book to reach for.”
—Historical Novel Review

“Crispin and his apprentice, 12-year-old Jack Tucker, are among the most courageous and compelling protagonists at work in fictional detection.”
—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The Demon’s Parchment is so good it’s sinful…Buy this book or be damned!”
William Kent Krueger, Anthony-Award winning author of Vermillion Drift

“Westerson is at the top of her game.” —Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of Doubleback