Shadow of the Alchemist

A Medieval Noir

The Crispin Guest Novels (Volume 6 of 6)

Jeri Westerson

Minotaur Books

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“Creative and enthralling . . . If you enjoy authentic Medieval history combined with modern suspense, this one's for you.” —John Lescroart


Once a Knight of the Realm, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title and his lands and must now earn his meager living through his wits. With the help of his young apprentice, reformed thief Jack Tucker, Guest is known to certain populations as The Tracker, the man who can find anything—for a price. It is for that reason that Guest is sought out by Nicholas Flamel, an absent-minded alchemist. Both Flamel’s wife and his apprentice are missing, and he wants Guest to find them and bring them home.

Before he can even begin looking, Guest discovers that Flamel’s house has been ransacked. Then Flamel’s assistant turns up—dead, hanging from the rafters with a note pinned to his chest by a dagger. It is a ransom note that promises the safe return of his wife in exchange for the Philosopher’s Stone, which is reputed to turn lead into gold and create the elixir of life. And the kidnappers aren’t the only ones after it. From the highest nobility to Flamel’s fellow alchemists, everyone is seeking the stone for themselves. Guest must rescue the missing wife and find the stone before it falls into unworthy hands, in Jeri Westerson's Shadow of the Alchemist.

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London, 1387
THE MAN RODE UP to the entrance of the dark building under a deeply shadowed archway and pulled on the reins. His horse complained in a husky rumble, shaking its head with a jangle of the bridle, before the man dismounted and tossed the lead around a post. The beast immediately ducked its head, bristly muzzle rooting into the snow for morsels of grass or hay. The man puffed a cloud of breath, gathered his cloak around him, keeping it close under his chin, and stared down one side of the empty street and then up the other.

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"Crispin Guest is our medieval James Bond. Bold, determined and oh-so-sexy, he has a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. In this latest outing, he plays a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse through the lethal streets of London, hunting down a terrifying secret to save a woman from unholy death. Lively action and heart-stopping suspense, twisting plot turns and a compelling cast of characters easily make this one of Jeri Westerson's best books yet!" C.W. Gortner, author of The Tudor Conspiracy

“Clever twists and convincing period detail make Westerson's fifth fourteenth-century historical featuring disgraced knight Crispin Guest (after 2011's Troubled Bones) one of her best.” —Publishers Weekly on Blood Lance 

“Westerson has created an attractive, intelligent protagonist in Crispin Guest and a delightful sidekick in Crispin’s apprentice Jack Tucker . . . She draws you into the world of her characters. I highly recommend this book…and I look forward to meeting Crispin and Jack again.” —Historical Novel Society Review on Troubled Bones 

“This is a fantastic book you won't want to put down!” —Romantic Times on Troubled Bones 


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About the Author

Jeri Westerson

JERI WESTERSON is the author of five previous books featuring Crispin Guest—Veil of Lies, Serpent in the Thorns, The Demon's Parchment, Troubled Bones, and Blood Lance.  She lives in Menifee, California.

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Shadow of the Alchemist
A Medieval Noir
Jeri Westerson

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466836426
ISBN10: 1466836423
304 pages
$12.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
October 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250000309
ISBN10: 1250000300
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one map
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