A neat novella that takes the reader to the smelly streets of medieval Europe, a place of intrigue and danger. A short intriguing story with great blend of mystery and excellent history. I never thought a short book can be as effective as this. If you enjoy old church mysteries this series is must. Can't wait to get my hand on the next book. This little novella gives us an insight into Giordano Bruno at the age of 18 years in Bruno has just taken holy orders and is proving to be an outstanding scholar, but one with a taste for difficult questions and trouble submitting to authority.
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One night Bruno stumbles across the infirmarian, Fra Gennaro, performing a secret autopsy on a young woman who has been recently murdered. Bruno is sickened by the violent way in which the woman died and has his suspicions about Fra Gennaro's claims This little novella gives us an insight into Giordano Bruno at the age of 18 years in Bruno is sickened by the violent way in which the woman died and has his suspicions about Fra Gennaro's claims that the woman is a whore who will not be missed.
When Bruno learns the truth of how the young woman died he finds himself caught between the powerful families who run the city and the powerless who could be destroyed by the Inquisition. Bruno must decide whether to take a course of action that will keep him safe, or follow the path of truth and justice. This was an enjoyable wee prequel to the Bruno Giordano series, but the part I enjoyed most was the note from the author at the end revealing that Giordano Bruno was a real person whose life had inspired this series.
An interesting story. I always wanted to know how Giordano Bruno became the investigator he was in later books. A girl, rumoured to have been a prostitute, turns up dead in the Dominican's house. The infirmerer performs an illegal autopsy on the corpse and finds she was in the early stages of pregnancy. Bruno finds his way into the secret mortuary and sees most of what happens, but is sworn to secrecy.
The corpse is eventually identified, and so is the father of her child. Bruno keeps his word to t An interesting story. Bruno keeps his word to the infirmerer and doesn't disclose what he knows of the illegal procedures taking place in secret. He also keeps his word to another young woman, in order to avoid her family getting into trouble with the Inquisitors. All in all an enjoyable story of Giordano Bruno's early beginnings as a Dominican Friar. A significant meeting. A novella which contains more information than many full length books.
We meet Giordano Bruno as a young man working as a reluctant Dominican friar but hungry for forbidden knowledge which could see him a victim of the Inquisition. He is involved in the concealing of a murder and its consequences. There is a great feeling of place and Time. Bruno himself comes across as a sympathetic and complicated character. I look forward to reading his longer adventures.
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Oct 30, Carol McDonald rated it really liked it. True to her tradition, S. Parris reveals another slice of Giodano's lifee as a young friar. Ms Parris writes with such style and flair , communicating historical fictiony that I hope we will have many more tales to come about Bruno. I would reccommend this book to any adult who enjoys period literature with a hint of mystery and romance..
I chose this book because I had read SJ. Parris's three previo True to her tradition, S. Parris's three previous novels about our here.
Reread This is just what I needed. A little Bruno pick me up. I love this short story of a younger Bruno who is starting to show the signs of what he will become in the series. Great quick read. A wonderful little book that I only picked up because it was a Quick REad in the library but which has introduced me to Giordana Bruno and has given me the anticipation of reading the entire series. A neat little plot. Aug 06, James Calahan rated it really liked it.
A good quick read I was pleasantly surprised at the depth achieved in such a short work. Well worth the time to read. A good descriptive feel for life in the era that is well written and allows you to step into the city-state of the time easily. Jul 09, Dawn rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was hoping to find out more about young Bruno and how he came to be excommunicated.
I am still however a big fan of this character and author and eagerly await the next book. I accidentally started this series part way through I read the 4th book and then realised and now wish to go back and read them all in order and happened across this at the prequel to the series! Jul 03, Kathy rated it really liked it. This short was a rather wonderful picture of our Benedictine Giordano Bruno at a young age, embroiled in a murder done by a fellow monk rather by accident as he followed the infirmarian on a late-night task. May 21, Rachel Sandra rated it it was amazing.
Soooo good. I was fascinated by the friars who are both evil and corrupt. It just remind us that such monstrosity is sometimes hidden in people who are religious pretending to be good. Aug 07, Julie Durovchic rated it really liked it. Really good quick read. Feb 06, Alison rated it it was ok. I have a few other of SJP books on my too read shelves but waited till I read this to introduce the character. Very short story look forward to reading the first full length novel. Sep 01, Dave rated it it was amazing.
Short introduction to set the scene for the later works. Well crafted and a good novella in its own right with a believable plot line and structure. Jun 12, shannon Stubbs rated it it was amazing. Not bad This could have lead to a whole series. By Jenny Erpenbeck. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. New Directions. This timely novel brings together a retired classics professor in Berlin and a group of African refugees.
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He accepts the challenge, enlisting old colleague Frances Neagley to help carry out the mission. Suspicious and threatening letters have been sent to the Vice-President and intercepted by his protective team. Together, they attempt to find those responsible. Walking along the street, Reacher sees Quinn, a man who should be dead: dead as he was responsible for the murder of two of Reacher's colleagues ten years back.
Reacher teams up with the DEA to penetrate a smuggling ring in order to get back at Quinn. In-story, this novel is set first chronologically. Within minutes, Reacher is ordered to contain the situation to prevent embarrassment to the US Army. But matters escalate when Reacher discovers the general's briefcase is missing and is tasked with recovering an important agenda that it had contained.
In an innocent heartland city, five murders with six shots are done by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest a suspect, and build a slam-dunk case with iron-clad evidence. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher. The defense is immensely relieved; but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked by the request of the accused, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.
The Hard Way. Jack Reacher is hired by the underhanded director of a private military company to rescue his wife and stepchild, who appear to have been kidnapped. Reacher, enlisting the help of an ex-FBI private investigator , uncovers clues that might lead to a rescue, learning about the director's mysterious past in the process. The investigation leads him to the truth, and ultimately engage in a gun battle on a farm in Norfolk , England. The novel is set primarily in New York City.
Bad Luck and Trouble. When someone makes a small anonymous deposit into Reacher's bank account, it triggers his fixation for math and his investigative instincts. Reacher deduces that the deposit is a signal only the eight former members of his elite team of army investigators would use. Obsessed with math like Reacher, Frances Neagley locates him because of the brutal death of one of their own. They race to reunite with the survivors of their old team and raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that grows more complex with more murders.
With the lives of those Reacher considers family at stake, his usual emotionless demeanor breaks and he says of the killers, "They are dead men walking. Nothing to Lose. Traveling from the town of Hope, Colorado to the neighboring town of Despair, Reacher finds that he is an unwelcome visitor, which fuels his curiosity. Reacher decides to investigate the mystery behind the town's unwelcoming disposition towards visitors, unraveling in the process the secrets of Thurman, a powerful businessman who has employed the majority of the population of Despair to work in his recycling factory.
During a late night subway ride, Reacher becomes troubled by one of his fellow passengers. Checking against his mental list for suicide bombers, he comes to the conclusion that the fifth is one.
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He is puzzled with her choice of timing and place, as it is not crowded; on the contrary the subway was exceedingly empty. He reasons with her, but she shoots herself; thereby proving Reacher wrong when he concluded she was a bomber. His determination to discover why she killed herself forms the plot of the story.
In South Dakota , a tourist bus crashes during a savage snow storm with Jack Reacher in it. Reacher gets caught up in a hunt for a murderer and the protection of a key witness. Worth Dying For. Reacher arrives late one night in a rural Nebraska town. In the town's fading motel bar he overhears a drunk doctor's refusal to attend a victim of domestic abuse. Reacher intervenes, getting the doctor to attend to the victim while breaking the nose of the husband responsible for the abuse.
It turns out that the husband is the scion of the powerful and rich Duncan clan, which maintains authority in that part of Nebraska. Reacher's intervention causes him to end up embroiled in a smuggling ring and an unsolved disappearance from twenty-five years prior. The Affair. March Six months before the events of Killing Floor. Jack Reacher is still in the army, and there is big trouble in a small town in Mississippi , where a soldier's girlfriend is found with her throat cut from ear to ear.
Reacher must determine whether the killer is local, or from nearby Fort Kelham, a large base used by elite Army Rangers. Reacher's orders are to go undercover, keep his distance, and monitor the investigation. The army's official investigation and Reacher's undercover search point to different suspects, which puts pressure on Reacher, who must decide whether to speak out. In order to get to Virginia , Reacher hitches a ride from a group of three—two men and a woman. An hour behind them, the FBI descends on an old pumping station where a man was stabbed to death—the knife work professional, the killers nowhere to be seen.
At the same time Reacher discovers the woman appears to be kidnapped and that the two men are the kidnappers. Reacher now finds himself tied to a volatile situation and it is up to him to try and defuse it. Never Go Back. Culminating the story arc extending from 61 Hours , Reacher makes it to his destination in northeastern Virginia: the headquarters of his old unit, the th MP. On arriving though, Reacher finds out that the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, has been arrested. Soon he too finds himself taken into custody, pending the trail of two crimes he allegedly committed while he was in the army.
Reacher and Turner set out on a journey; Turner in hopes of clearing her name and Reacher to prove the charges fraudulent or if true then atone for them. Reacher is tasked with finding out the person responsible for taking a long-distance shot at the French President , one of the suspects being a man Reacher tracked down once and put in jail sixteen years back for murder. Reacher makes a stop in an agrarian town called Mother's Rest. There a woman, Michelle Chang, enlists his help to find a missing colleague.
Early finds Reacher, still in the army and fresh off a successful mission, placed into a top-secret multi-agency task force. With little else to go on, Reacher and his new associates are tasked with finding the buyer and the seller and determining what is being sold. Along with his longtime righthand-woman Sergeant Frances Neagley, Reacher heads to recently reunified Germany to get to the heart of the matter, and he quickly finds himself skirting neo-Nazi elements as he pursues the Middle-Eastern terrorists and the American traitor. Jack Reacher sees a West Point Graduation ring in a pawn shop and buys it, determined to restore it to its original owner.
He supposes the owner had some financial problems that caused the pawn sale, because nobody who earned it at West Point would willingly part with it unless they faced necessity. Jack Reacher takes a detour to Laconia, NH , to visit his father's hometown.
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During his visit he learns about his father's past and helps a couple who stumble into a motel that turns out to be dangerous.