Pawn/ Frankincense V4 Paperback – Sep 27 1992
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For the first time Dunnett's "Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.
Pawn in Frankincense is the fourth in the legendary "Lymond Chronicles. Somewhere within the bejeweled labyrinth of the Ottoman empire, a child is hidden. Now his father, Francis Crawford of Lymond, soldier of fortune and the exiled heir of Scottish nobility, is searching for him while ostensibly engaged on a mission to the Turkish Sultan. At stake is a pawn in a cutthroat game whose gambits include treason, enslavement, and murder. With a Foreword by the author. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Dorothy, Lady Dunnett, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1923, the only daughter of an engineer, Alexander Halliday, and his wife Dorothy. Whilst gifted academically and musically, she was not encouraged to further her talents by attending university, and instead joined the civil service in Scotland as an assistant press officer. In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, who was at the time the chief press officer to the Secretary of State for Scotland. He went on to become editor of 'The Scotsman' newspaper, whilst she later worked on a statistics handbook for the Board of Trade. After a brief spell in Glasgow, the couple settled in Edinburgh where their home became a centre for hospitality and entertaining, mostly in support of Scottish art and culture. Dunnett had also taken evening classes at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Glasgow School of Art, and from 1950 onwards she established a prominent career as a portrait painter, being exhibited at both the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy. She was also an accomplished sculptress. Her interest in writing developed during the 1950's. Her own tastes took her to historical novels and it was her husband who eventually suggested she write one of her own, after she had complained of running out of reading material. The result was 'The Game of Kings', an account of political and military turmoil in sixteenth-century Scotland. Whilst turned down for publication in the UK, it was eventually published in the USA where it became an instant best seller. Other titles, such as the 'Lymond Chronicles' and 'House of Niccolo' series followed and which established her international reputation. She also successfully turned her hand to crime, with the 'Johnson Johnson' series. He is an eccentric artist, famous for bifocals, and of course amateur detective. All of the titles in the series somehow also feature the yacht 'Dolly', despite ranging widely in location from Scotland, to Ibiza, Rome, Marrakesh, Canada, Yugoslavia, Madeira and The Bahamas. There is plenty of sailing lore for the enthusiast, but not so much it detracts from the stories genre; crime. Each of them is told by a woman whose profession explains her role in the mystery and we learn very little about Johnson himself, save for the fact he is somewhat dishevelled in appearance. Dorothy Dunnett somehow fitted in her many careers and voluntary work, along with supporting her husband's endeavours, yet still found the time to correspond widely with her readers from all over the world, and was often delighted to meet with them personally. She held the rare distinction of having a Dorothy Dunnett Readers Association formed during her lifetime and collaborated with it as much as possible. A writer who has been described as one of great wit, charm, and humanity, yet whose work displayed toughness, precision, and humour, she was appointed to an OBE in 1992 for services to literature and became Lady Dunnett in 1995 when her husband was knighted. She died in 2001, being survived by her two sons; Ninian and Mungo. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Although separated, Lymond and his followers all end up in Constantinople, as Graham's plots come to fruition and Lymond, Jerrott, Archie and the mysterious Marthe with the striking resemblance to Lymond begin the fight of their lives in a real life chess game with deadly consequences for any who are "captured", and Francis battles to maintain his wits against the deadly addiction Graham's schemes have unknowingly afflicted him with.
As with the first three books in the series, Francis Crawford is a fascinating hero, and is as suave, debonair, flawed and fascinating as only a 16th Century version of James Bond could be. This book is filled with non-stop action and suspense and ends with quite a big surprise of a cliffhanger which will send the reader reaching for the next book in the series, The Ringed Castle. A solid five stars and my favorite so far in the series.
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Anyone who has not read the first four novels in the series needn't worry; you can start THE RINGED CASTLE without any prior knowledge of Lymond and his circle. Read morePublished on April 1 2002 by H. McCarthy
Volume IV in the Lymond Chronicles sees a slight drop in quality from the splendid first three volumes, but Dunnett and Lymond on an off day still run circles about the... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2002 by schapmock
This is the one you have waited for. From now until book 6 things you believed you knew in the past will be put into new perspective. Read morePublished on June 18 2001 by Sam G
I've now read five of the six books in the Lymond series and Pawn is the best. It is filled with action (Lymond's knife fights in the surf of North Africa with his arch-enemy),... Read morePublished on June 18 2001
I had a very hard time reading parts of this book--I cried and cried at the abuse that Lymond's son suffers at the hands of his enemies. Read morePublished on April 25 2001 by L. Emilie Lintner
Having read the first four Lymond novels, I think "Pawn" is by far the best. As other readers have noted, DD's novels get better with each novel in the series. Read morePublished on April 21 2001
I just finished Pawn in Frankincense. As all her stories, this one is spellbinding. My wife could not believe how quickly I finished the book considering how busy I am. Read morePublished on March 7 2001 by David Bronstein
I've never read a book that made me more conscious of the author. The plot was creative and intricate, the setting was fascinating and well described, and the characters were well... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2000
This is the most heart-stopping of the Lymnond chronicals so far. I am sure if you read this book, you will be as awe-struck as I. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2000 by Shirley Schwartz