The Daughter of Time (Paperback)

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Unquestionably one of the greatest historical novels of all time! Alan Grant is a Scotland Yard detective badly injured in the line of duty and bored out of his mind in his hospital bed. Knowing how Grant loves looking at people to guess whether they are good guys or bad, a friend brings him a portfolio of faces. One portrait in particular strikes him as a sensitive and noble face. To his astonishment, he finds that he is looking at Richard III, one of the world’s most heinous villains.  Was Richard Plantagenet a murderous uncle or was he a victim of a campaign by the Tudor usurpers of the English Throne? Read and find out!


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"One of the best mysteries of all time" (The New York Times)—Josephine Tey recreates one of history’s most famous—and vicious—crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.

The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing’s most gifted masters.
Josephine Tey began writing full-time after the successful publication of her first novel, The Man in the Queue (1929), which introduced Inspector Grant of Scotland Yard. She died in 1952, leaving her entire estate to the National Trust.
Product Details ISBN: 9780684803869
ISBN-10: 0684803860
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: November 29th, 1995
Pages: 208
Language: English
The New York Times One of the best mysteries of all time.

Boston Sunday Globe The unalloyed pleasure of watching a really cultivated mind in action! Buy and cherish!