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Berkley, Nov. 2004, 23.95, 320 pp.
ISBN 0425198375

In Girona, blind physician Isaac, who lives in the Jewish Quarter and is the personal doctor of Berenquer De Cruilles, the Bishop of Genoa, has a particularly perplexing case. Raimon Foraster has been suffering from insomnia and when he does sleep, he has awful dreams. He begins having stomach cramps and starts vomiting. Isaac cures the symptoms, but he has yet to find the cause of the malady. Meanwhile Raimon's brother Guillem is trying to insulate himself into their good graces.

While Isaac is dealing with Raimon's illness, his assistant Yusuf is at the center of political intrigues until someone tries to poison him. The Emir of Granada thinks he should leave until they find out who is behind the attempts on his life. He makes his way to Girona and has some interesting information that sheds some light on Raimon's poisoning and eventual death.

Although Isaac is blind, he is still able to be an excellent physician as he has an astute mind that allows him to conduct a homicide investigation. The two sub-plots involving Yusuf and Raimon interact at one point and that leads to the truth about the homicide.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   middle ages What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Religious Jew

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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