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The Lark's Lament

The Lark's Lament

A Fools' Guild Mystery

Fools' Guild Mysteries (Volume 6)

Alan Gordon

Minotaur Books

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In 1204 A.D., the Fools' Guild is in hiding, under attack from the forces of Pope Innocent III. Theophilos and Claudia, jesters with the Guild, are sent to enlist the help of a former guild member - the minstrel Folquet, now the abbot Folq at a Cistercian monastery - to intercede with the pope on their behalf. But while they are at the abbey pleading their case, a gruesome murder takes place - a monk is killed in the librarium and a cryptic message written on the wall in his blood.
In the wake of the murder, Folq issues an ultimatum to Theophilos. If he learns the meaning of the message and finds the killer, Folq will help the Guild. But if the Jester fails, Folq will have the pope declare the Guild anathema. With the future of the Guild on the line, Theophilos, his wife, and their apprentice go off in search of Folquet's past and the meaning of the message, uncovering a long-ago series of events that were as deadly then as they are proving to be now.

Chapter One

You know how some people are born to Greatness? Well, Bobbie Faye Sumrall woke up one morning, kicked Greatness in the teeth, kneed it in the balls, took it hostage, and it's been begging for mercy ever since.
—a former Louisiana...

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“I can't get enough of Alan Gordon's fine storytelling and thoroughly engaging characters.” —Margaret Frazer, author of The Traitor's Tale -

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Alan Gordon is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society and the author of seven books featuring the jester, including The Moneylender of Toulouse. He lives in Queens, New York.

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