The Demon's Parchment

A Medieval Noir

The Crispin Guest Novels (Volume 3 of 6)

Jeri Westerson

Minotaur Books

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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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1London, 1384
“HE’S STILL OUT THERE.” Jack Tucker leaned his head and shoulders out the window.
“Close the damn shutters,” growled Crispin. “It’s too cold in here as it is.”
“Sorry, Master,” said the boy, doing as bid. His ginger hair was dusted with snow. “It’s just that that man is still out there, looking up at us. Makes me a bit shivery.”
“The cold will do that.” Hunkered by their meager fire, Crispin held one hand toward the flames. The other was curled around a bowl of tart wine.

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"This superb series isn’t kidding when it describes itself as medieval noir.... The writing is wonderful and the history vividly presented. Not to be missed by fans of real historical mysteries."
--RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

"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."
--Library Journal

"A solid plot and cast of characters, a feel for the story’s place and time (fourteenth-century England), and an appealing noirish air. A welcome addition to the medieval-mystery landscape."
--Booklist

"Westerson's third 14th-century historical featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest ... is the best yet."
--Publishers Weekly

"Information on 14th-century anti-Semitism and homosexuality are highlights of Crispin’s third adventure, based on a real 15th-century crime spree."
--Kirkus Reviews


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Read the Kirkus Review of THE DEMON’S PARCHMENT . A disgraced knight who's been scratching out a living as a private-inquiry agent in medieval London takes on a case that challenges him in ways he never expected.
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Jeri Westerson

JERI WESTERSON is the author of two previous novels featuring Crispin Guest; Veil of Lies and Serpent in the Thorns. She is also a journalist and noted blogger on things mysterious and medieval. She lives in Menifee, California.

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The Demon's Parchment
A Medieval Noir
Jeri Westerson

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312609269
ISBN10: 0312609264
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2010
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ISBN: 9781429942485
ISBN10: 1429942487
304 pages
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