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Tourquai

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by Tim Davys
 

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"[An] audacious concept. . . . [A] giddy thrill." —Los Angeles Times 

"Weird? Obviously. . . . There’s more than stuffing here, though, including questions of good vs. evil, life vs. death, and sanity vs. insanity. Skip that evening Scotch and read this one stone-cold sober—it’s plenty

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"[An] audacious concept. . . . [A] giddy thrill." —Los Angeles Times 

"Weird? Obviously. . . . There’s more than stuffing here, though, including questions of good vs. evil, life vs. death, and sanity vs. insanity. Skip that evening Scotch and read this one stone-cold sober—it’s plenty trippy as is." —Washington Post on Amberville

A horrific crime sets off a disturbing chain of events in Tim Davy’s Mollisan Town. Like George Orwell’s Animal Farm, as well as the allegorical worlds of Neil Gaiman and Jasper Fforde, this sinister sequel to Lanceheim and Amberville illuminates our reality through a giddy paradoxical conceit—as in Tourquai, the stuffed animals who populate Mollisan Town will be forced to confront the deepest issues of love and servitude, free will and destiny, life and death.

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.”
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061797453
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2011
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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Tourquai 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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