Wolf on a string : a novel / Benjamin Black.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Bestselling author Benjamin Black turns his eye to sixteenth century Prague and a story of murder, magic and the dark art of wielding extraordinary power Christian Stern, an ambitious young scholar and alchemist, arrives in Prague in the bitter winter of 1599, intent on making his fortune at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor, the eccentric Rudolf II. The night of his arrival, drunk and lost, Christian stumbles upon the body of a young woman in Golden Lane, an alley hard by Rudolf's great castle. Dressed in a velvet gown, wearing a large gold medallion around her neck, the woman is clearly well-born--or was, for her throat has been slashed. A lesser man would smell danger, but Christian is determined to follow his fortunes wherever they may lead. He quickly finds himself entangled in the machinations of several ruthless courtiers, and before long he comes to the attention of the Emperor himself. Rudolf, deciding that Christian is that rare thing--a person he can trust--sets him the task of solving the mystery of the woman's murder. But Christian soon realizes that he has blundered into the midst of a power struggle that threatens to subvert the throne itself. And as he gets ever nearer to the truth of what happened that night in Golden Lane, he finally sees that his own life is in grave danger. From the spectacularly inventive Benjamin Black, here is a historical crime novel that delivers both a mesmerizing portrait of a lost world and a riveting tale of intrigue and suspense."-- Provided by publisher.
    • ISBN:
      9781627795173
      1627795170
    • Accession Number:
      2016029320
    • Accession Number:
      ocn953165445
      953165445
    • Accession Number:
      fay.530914
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    • ABNT:
      BLACK, B. Wolf on a string : a novel. [s.l.] : Henry Holt and Company, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 21 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Black B. Wolf on a String : A Novel. Henry Holt and Company; 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914. Accessed October 21, 2019.
    • APA:
      Black, B. (2017). Wolf on a string : a novel. Henry Holt and Company. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Black, Benjamin. 2017. Wolf on a String : A Novel. Henry Holt and Company. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914.
    • Harvard:
      Black, B. (2017) Wolf on a string : a novel. Henry Holt and Company. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914 (Accessed: 21 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Black, B 2017, Wolf on a string : a novel, Henry Holt and Company, viewed 21 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Black, Benjamin. Wolf on a String : A Novel. Henry Holt and Company, 2017. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Black, Benjamin. Wolf on a String : A Novel. Henry Holt and Company, 2017. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Black B. Wolf on a string : a novel [Internet]. Henry Holt and Company; 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 21]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.530914

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2017 February #2

Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor in Prague, calls his courtiers his "wolves," but when he summons alchemist-scholar Christian Stern, a dissonant note (a "wolf tone") sounds in the court. Stern clearly misunderstands his meteoric rise to fame as the superstitious king's right-hand man and bounds clumsily into the royal presence with painfully amusing naïveté. The action begins with the murder of Rudolf's young mistress, whom Stern is the first to discover, and nearly grows into full-scale war as players are shuffled and replaced at the hands of invisible gamesmen, about whom Stern can only guess. Benjamin Black, a pseudonym for literary novelist John Banville, also writes the Quirke mysteries, set in modern-day Ireland. In this intricate, clever, and uncomfortable historical suspense novel, he drops a flawed hero into a seventeenth-century labyrinth without a torch. Unlike Stern, readers will suspect everyone and may squirm a bit as inevitable disaster approaches. Kenneth Wishnia's historical mystery The Fifth Servant (2010) is similarly suspenseful and full of atmospheric detail, while Sara Poole also creates a courtiers' web of deceit for a wilier outsider to navigate in her Poisoner series. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 June #2

John Banville writes impeccable literary works like the Man Booker Prize-winning The Sea, while as Benjamin Black he writes impeccable crime novels starring Dublin-based pathologist Quirke. Here he assumes his Black persona but travels back to 1599 Prague. Young Christian Stern, who arrives there with the winter snows to seek his fortune, finds a well-born woman with her throat cut in Golden Lane, next to the castle of the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II. Soon, at the behest of Rudolf himself, our stalwart hero is investigating the murder, which leads him to intrigue surrounding the throne.

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PW Reviews 2017 April #4

Black (The Black-Eyed Blonde) displays his mastery of yet another mystery subgenre in this brooding, atmospheric whodunit set in 16th-century Prague. Christian Stern, the bastard son of the Prince-Bishop of Regensburg, has arrived in that city in the hopes of winning the favor of Rudolf II, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, and obtaining a place among the court's learned men, such as Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe. The first night he spends in Prague, Stern finds Magdalena Kroll—the teenage daughter of Dr. Ulrich Kroll, Rudolf's physician and "one of his chief wizards"—lying in a snowy street with her throat slit. Initially a suspect, Stern soon becomes the emperor's designated investigator. In order to discover the truth behind the murder, he must navigate a realm in which no one can be fully trusted. Superior prose (Magdalena's head rests in a pool of blood, a "black round in which the faint radiance of the heavens faintly glinted") complements the intricate plot. Black is the pen name of Man Booker Prize–winner John Banville. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency (U.K.). (June)

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