The Flight of the Falcon

The Flight of the Falcon

Book - 2005
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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 '43.

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.

Publisher: Virago, 2005
ISBN: 9781844080700
Branch Call Number: APB DUMA


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Jul 07, 2016

Re-reading this book again after so many years, I'm again struck by how successfully Du Maurier managed to get a reader to suspend disbelief and carry on reading a story that depends entirely upon far-fetched scenarios and highly improbable coincidences. Not her best work but very much in the genre, full of atmosphere, mystery and a sense of place. A message to the twenty-somethings of our day: This is what gothic was like fifty years ago when the gore was off-stage and sex was heard but seldom seen. Otherwise, the characters are the same, their motivation as murky as ever.

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