Pawn in Frankincense: Fourth in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles

By Dorothy Dunnett

For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles come in the USA in caliber paperback editions.

Pawn in Frankincense is the fourth within the mythical Lymond Chronicles. someplace in the bejeweled labyrinth of the Ottoman empire, a baby is hidden. Now his father, Francis Crawford of Lymond, soldier of fortune and the exiled inheritor of Scottish the Aristocracy, is trying to find him whereas ostensibly working on a venture to the Turkish Sultan. At stake is a pawn in a cutthroat online game whose gambits comprise treason, enslavement, and homicide. With a Foreword through the writer.

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The door closed. as though published by means of a string, Jerott, his shoulders trembling with laughter, dropped one of the pasties and began to splutter. ’ Lymond’s seraphic expression, surveying the ceremonial dinner, didn't regulate. Philippa, her palms screwed into her skirt, acknowledged, ‘Why did you giggle? ’ ‘I didn’t laugh,’ acknowledged Lymond. ‘It’s Jerott’s infantile feel of humour assaulting the eardrums. For God’s sake let’s sit and devour: he’s inhaled the cherry sauce 3 times already. ’ ‘Why did you snort for those who knew why I intended to come back with you? ’ acknowledged Philippa, and Jerott positioned his hand on her arm. to seem after the newborn, she had stated. an issue none of them pointed out: an affair so inner most and painful that you just pretended it didn’t exist. except you have been Philippa Somerville. final yr an Irish mistress of Francis Crawford’s were captured via Dragut Rais, the Turkish corsair. Lymond have been advised that she had died. purely whilst his adversary Gabriel was once defeated and begging for his lifestyles did Lymond study that the girl Oonagh O’Dwyer used to be alive, and had given beginning to his son. Gabriel had escaped, taking with him the key of the whereabouts of mom and baby. He had performed extra. He had made it transparent that their protection trusted him. And that any try and intrude together with his lifestyles or his liberty could lead to the demise, anyplace he was once, of the kid, Lymond’s son. So Graham Malett had vanished, and soon after that Lymond himself had disappeared, to be run down during this high priced Swiss hostelry, taking the waters in his personal inimitable type and in no temper, it used to be transparent, for undesirable corporation. So: ‘Why did you giggle? ’ demanded Philippa, and shook Jerott’s hand off her arm. ‘Oh, that? ’ stated Lymond. ‘But, my expensive baby, the image used to be impossible to resist. Daddy, bothered yet practical, ransacking the souks of the Levant for considered one of his bastards, with an unchaperoned North kingdom schoolgirl aged—what? twelve? 13? —to aid switch its napkins whilst the satisfied assembly happens. …A gallant suggestion, Philippa,’ stated Lymond kindly, sitting down on the desk. ‘And a touching religion in mankind. yet really, the entire grown-up women and gents may snort themselves into bloody fluxes over the spectacle. Have a few whatever-it-is. ’ Philippa’s eyes, stiff, brown and unyielding, stared unwinkingly at his face. ‘Then the place are you going? ’ ‘I puzzled whilst somebody was once going to invite that,’ stated Lymond; and Jerott, urgent Philippa right into a seat, sat down quietly himself, his urge for food long gone. ‘Tell us,’ Jerott acknowledged. ‘Bearing in brain, when you can, what Philippa has performed for you. ’ Lymond laid down his knife. ‘I thought,’ he acknowledged, ‘of going to Brazil. An day trip below de Villegagnon is leaving quite quickly. it'd be much less tedious than a few. I had a protracted speak with de Villegagnon, incidentally. He has given me a bit extra written evidence of Sir Graham Malett’s defection. additional to what i've got already, it makes yes no less than that Gabriel can by no means set foot back both in France or in Scotland. ’ ‘And that's sufficient for you? ’ stated Jerott.

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