The Alchemist's Pursuit (Venice Trilogy Series #3)

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Someone is murdering the courtesans of Venice, and legendary clairvoyant Nostradamus and his apprentice Alfeo must pursue a labyrinth of clues to find the killer.

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Overview

Someone is murdering the courtesans of Venice, and legendary clairvoyant Nostradamus and his apprentice Alfeo must pursue a labyrinth of clues to find the killer.

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Duncan's outstanding third Venetian fantasy mystery (after 2008's The Alchemist's Code ) sends Alfeo Zeno, loyal apprentice to Nostradamus, in search of a killer who targets Venice's prostitutes. After three women are strangled, Donna Violetta Vitale, a courtesan and fond friend of Alfeo, begs Nostradamus to foresee and stop the next death. When the fourth victim is stabbed, Alfeo narrowly escapes the unseen murderer, thanks to the intervention of a magical cat. The prime suspect is lecherous nobleman Zorzi "Honeycat" Michiel, exiled years earlier for patricide, so his haughty mother, Donna Alina Orio Michiel, retains Alfeo to prove her son's innocence. Alfeo and Nostradamus must rely on more than clairvoyance to save Violetta and unmask the culprit. Duncan neatly blends a vision of magical Venice with an engrossing whodunit. (Mar.)

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When Alfeo, Nostradamus's apprentice, comes to him with the tale of the murder of his mistress's courtesan mentor, the clairvoyant astrologer takes on the dangerous task of using magic to solve an increasingly puzzling mystery. Duncan's latest entry in his fictional biography of the enigmatic prophet not only brings the Renaissance to vivid and passionate life but also demonstrates the author's genius for telling a good story. A top-notch addition to libraries boasting solid demand for historical fantasy.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441018468
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Venice Trilogy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 836,949
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than thirty novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical. Dave now lives in Victoria, BC.

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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    a terrific historical urban fantasy.

    Nostradamus respected throughout Venice and beyond for his clairvoyant skills is a tad grumpy because his rheumatism has nearly crippled him. His apprentice Alfeo, an impoverished noble, goes about his chores ignoring his master¿s constant complaints when his mistress Violetta asks Nostradamus to find out who killed her friend and mentor courtesan Lucia. At the same time, the dying Giovanni sends someone to the house to tell something to Nostradamus, but he dies before he can reveal his closing remarks. Alfeo learns from a servant that the dead man wanted a killer brought to justice; a person who murdered a courtesan a week ago.<BR/><BR/>When Alfeo learns that another courtesan was killed, he informs Nostradamus who is interested in the serial killings. Their inquiries come to the attention of the Three, the ruling body of Venice who demand they desist in their investigation. Meanwhile Alfeo finds out that the killer was called ¿Honeycat ¿by the Courtesans who were killed.¿ This turns out to be the name of Zorzi Michiel. Eight years ago Zorys was accused of killing his father and Lucs though he fled the city to avoid conviction. The Michiel Palazzo is riddled with secrets with seemingly everyone having something to hide. Nostradamus believes if they can unravel each person¿s secret, they will identify the killer of Zorzis¿ father as he believes the son did not commit patricide.<BR/><BR/>The latest Alchemist saga (see THE ALCHEMIST'S CODE and THE ALCHEMIST'S APPRENTICE)takes place in an alternate Renaissance Italy where magic exists along side of science (so one might ask if Nostradamus could obtain magic to relive his chronic aches). The hero Alfeo remains obstinately resolute to solve the case before someone carves Honey Cat on his beloved Violetta who is also a courtesan. Inside a fun whodunit, master fantasist Dave Duncan makes his version of the latter half of sixteenth century Venice seem believable as THE ALCHEMIST¿S PURSUIT is a terrific historical urban fantasy.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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