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This is an auction for THE FLIGHT OF THE FALCON by Daphne Du Maurier.

"In du Maurier's fiction, she unflinchingly exposed hard truths."
- The Times (UK) reviews:

"As a young guide for Sunshine Tours, Armino Fabbio leads a pleasant, if humdrum life -- until he becomes circumstantially involved in the murder of an old peasant woman in Rome. The woman, he gradually comes to realise, was his family's beloved servant many years ago, in his native town of Ruffano. He returns to his birthplace, and once there, finds it is haunted by the phantom of his brother, Aldo, shot down in flames in 1943. Over five hundred years before, the sinister Duke Claudio, known as The Falcon, lived his twisted, brutal life, preying on the people of Ruffano. But now it is the twentieth century, and the town seems to have forgotten its violent history. But have things really changed? The parallels between the past and present become ever more evident."

"FIVE STARS!! This is a tremendously well-crafted story, one so well crafted that it is almost impossible to appreciate how excellent it is until the very end. But even going beyond the fantastic plot, this book is above average; the prose (like most of du Maurier) is excellent, the characters multi-faceted and interesting, and the fictionalized version of a northern Italian city so well described you almost want to ask Kayak to book your next vacation there. there are aspects of this book that would offend modern sensibilities. But, rather than discouraging reading on that account, I would, in fact, take the opposite view. You should read this book to recognize how such sensibilities have changed over time."

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Penguin paperback 1973.

283 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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