Tourquai

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A horrendous crime sets off a disturbing chain of events that will force the citizens of Mollisan Town to debate profound issues of free will and destiny in this powerful tale from the internationally acclaimed Tim Davys.

In the Tourquai neighborhood of Mollisan Town, Superintendent Larry Bloodhound is the keeper of the peace and ruler of the streets. But there are others more powerful than he—a cadre of wealthy elite, including Oswald ...

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Overview

A horrendous crime sets off a disturbing chain of events that will force the citizens of Mollisan Town to debate profound issues of free will and destiny in this powerful tale from the internationally acclaimed Tim Davys.

In the Tourquai neighborhood of Mollisan Town, Superintendent Larry Bloodhound is the keeper of the peace and ruler of the streets. But there are others more powerful than he—a cadre of wealthy elite, including Oswald Vulture, who live above the law's reach.

When Vulture is found headless in his ornate office atop Mollisan Town's most exclusive building, Bloodhound knows he must take special care in the investigation. But with the head missing and no sign of a break-in or murder weapon, this just may be the perfect crime.

The search for answers leads Bloodhound and his team, Anna Lynx and Falcon Ècu—along with his closest friend, private detective Philip Mouse—deep into the exclusive, secretive world of Mollisan Town's most privileged. Who had the most to gain from Vulture's demise? His slithery and sexy secretary, Emanuelle Cobra? Or his seductive mistress, Jasmine Squirrel? And what about Igor Panda, a desperate gambler whose debts may have pushed him to do the unthinkable? But before he can find the truth, Bloodhound must face his own weaknesses.

As he did in Amberville and Lanceheim, Tim Davys weaves an intricate plot around larger questions of human nature, exploring issues of fate, loyalty, good, and evil. As Bloodhound uncovers the secrets behind the world of stuffed animals, so, too, does Davys reveal greater truths about the world of humans.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
“The combination of stuffed animals and hard-boiled crime fiction is oddly compelling, and entertaining...The characters are fleshed out (plushed out?) with fallible character traits and secrets...Davys has created a unique place that is both strange and familiar.”
Boston Globe
“The combination of stuffed animals and hard-boiled crime fiction is oddly compelling, and entertaining...The characters are fleshed out (plushed out?) with fallible character traits and secrets...Davys has created a unique place that is both strange and familiar.”
Library Journal
The sloppy, binge-eating Inspector Bloodhound and his Odd Couple detective duo—Anna Lynx and Falcon Ecu—need to find Oswald Vulture's head. For Davys's third installment in the Mollison Town quartet (after Amberville and Lanceheim), the stuffed-animal world is again rocked by crime and deceit. The prominent venture capitalist Vulture has been found decapitated in a room with one exit, yet no animal has come in or out. With the seducing secretary Emanuelle Cobra, art thug Igor Panda, inventor Oleg Earwig, and mysterious Jasmine Squirrel all vying for top suspect, the crack team starts to fray at their (literal) seams. To complicate matters further, art forgeries, a high-scale prostitution ring, and a roving gambling casino are all carelessly tossed into the plot. In this third novel of a planned quartet, the pseudonymous Davys attempts to satirize humanity through the zoological cotton-stuffed figures, but this conceit adds little to the resurrection of overused stereotypes and scenarios from detective fiction. VERDICT While the whimsical idea of stuffed animals as characters may lean toward YA, this novel is at times intense and contains adult references. Recommended for adult fans of oddball detective fiction, but beware of the predictable plot.—Jennifer Funk, Southwestern Illinois Coll. Lib., Belleville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061797453
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Davys is a pseudonym. He is the author of Amberville, Lanceheim, and Tourquai, the first three books in the Mollisan Town quartet. He lives in Sweden.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    a whimsical satire that is at its best when the personification lampoons human foibles

    Renowned venture capitalist Oswald Vulture's head is missing. Mollison Town Inspector Bloodhound and his subordinate Detective Anna Lynx and Falcon Ecu investigate what appears to be a locked room mystery as there is only one entrance/exit in and out of the room and no stuffed animal has entered or exited. Private sleuth Philip Mouse assists the cops.

    The three cops quickly find suspects that have the threads of the police ripping apart. Sexy secretary Emmanuelle Cobra, art connoisseur and hooligan Igor Panda, Oleg Earwig the inventor, and enigmatic Jasmine Squirrel all had motives though opportunity remains unclear. The inquiry fails to turn seamless as the detectives are unable to knit together the clues; instead, the case turns convoluted as forgeries, prostitution, and a traveling casino make the three sleuths want to pull out their threads.

    The third Mollison Town stuffed animal polis procedural (see Amberville and Lanceheim) is a whimsical satire that is at its best when the personification lampoons human foibles. The whodunit is a fun locked room mystery but very linear and obvious. Still in spite of the cuteness of the premise the Mollison Town tales target adults who enjoy something different in their investigative thrillers.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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