Curiosity piqued by a portrait
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Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard is recuperating in hospital after an accident when he chances upon a portrait of Richard III. Famed for his unerring ability to ‘pick a face’, Grant’s experience as a detective has taught him the kind of countenance to expect of a criminal. He is unconvinced that the noble face looking back at him is that of a heartless usurper, capable of ordering his nephews to be smothered and their small bodies hidden under the very stones of the Tower. Intrigued, Grant launches an investigation from his bedside, determined to prove Richard’s innocence or guilt. Assisted and hindered in turns by his tyrannical nurses, a glamorous actress and an American student, Grant unearths a surprising quantity of evidence...
This edition is produced in series with our Josephine Tey collection. Mark Smith returns to provide a series of beautiful illustrations that make clever use of shadows and silhouettes, bringing together the disparate worlds of Alan Grant’s hospital surroundings and 15th-century England. The binding depicts the detective chasing after the ever-elusive princes and the endpapers are printed with the family trees of Edward III and Ralph Nevill, the 1st Earl of Westmorland.