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The Fencing Master
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In Madrid, in 1868, Don Jaime, fencing master and anachronistic man of honor, is working on his Treatise on the Art of Fencing. One day he is approached by a mysterious woman who seeks to learn the secret of the unstoppable thrust, a supreme moment at the very heart of the art of fencing. All too soon he finds himself in the vortex of a plot that includes seduction, secret political documents, and more than one murder. Rich in historical detail of a decaying world that agonizes-as does fencing itself-over the ideals of honor and chivalry, The Fencing Master is superb literature and a true page-turner.
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"Instead of the clever puzzle that lies at the heart of many a lesser crime novel, he substitutes a subtle meditation on the deeper mysteries of fate and choice. Yet Perez-Reverte is also a writer who knows how to keep the pages turning....A splendid performance."--The New York Times Book Review "A richly woven tale of intrigue...The reader will parry and lunge along with Don Jaime, feel a real part of the duel."--San Francisco Chronicle "A delightful period whodunit."--USA Today "The Fencing Master is Perez-Reverte's best book to date....For a smart, literate novel with suspense and a great puzzle, this is hard to beat." --The Toronto Globe & Mail "Meticulously researched, his works are polished, erudite and cosmopolitan....A triumph."--The Dallas Morning News

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