Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143035411, 385pp.
Publication Date: July 2005
The popularity of Jasper Fforde's one-of-a-kind series of genre-bending blend of crime fiction, fantasy, and top-drawer literary entertainment builds with each new book. Now in the fourth installment, the resourceful literary detective Thursday Next returns to Swindon from the BookWorld accompanied by her son Friday and none other than the dithering Hamlet. But returning to SpecOps is no snap as outlaw fictioner Yorrick Kaine plots for absolute power, the return of Swindon's patron saint foretells doom, and, if that isn t bad enough, The Merry Wives of Windsor is becoming entangled with Hamlet. Can Thursday find a Shakespeare clone to stop this hostile takeover? Can she vanquish Kaine and prevent the world from plunging into war? And will she ever find reliable child care? Find out in this totally original, action-packed romp, sure to be another escapist thrill for Jasper Fforde's legions of fans. Thursday's zany investigations continue with "First Among Sequels." Look for the five other bestselling Thursday Next novels, including "One of Our Thursdays is Missing" and Jasper Fforde's latest bestseller, "The Woman Who Died A Lot." Visit jasperfforde.com for a ffull window into the Ffordian world
"It’s easy to be delighted by a writer who loves books so madly." —The New York Times
"Impressive, and arguably Fforde’s best work to date." —The Denver Post