The Daughter of Time (Paperback)
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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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.
Boston Sunday Globe The unalloyed pleasure of watching a really cultivated mind in action! Buy and cherish!