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The Devils of Cardona

Author: Carr, Matthew

Publisher: Riverhead Books


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The Devils of Cardona : In March 1584, the priest of Belamar de la Sierra, a small town in Aragon near the French border, is murdered in his own church. Most of the town's inhabitants are Moriscos, former Muslims who converted to Catholicism. Anxious to avert a violent backlash on the eve of a royal visit, an adviser to King Philip II appoints local magistrate Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate. A soldier and humanist, Mendoza doesn't always live up to the moral standards expected of court officials, but he has a reputation for incorruptibility.<br /><br />From the beginning, Mendoza finds almost universal hatred for the priest. And it isn't long before he's drawn into a complex and dangerous world in which greed, fanaticism, and state policy overlap. And as the killings continue, Mendoza's investigation is overshadowed by the real prospect of an ethnic and religious civil war.<br /><br />By turns an involving historical thriller and a novel with parallels to our own time, The Devils of Cardona is an unexpected and compelling read.

Category   Subject
Fiction   Historical
Fiction   Suspense
Fiction   Thrillers

ISBN 13:9781101982747
ISBN 10:1101982748
Size:7.99" l x 5.12" w x 1.26" h
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