The Conjurer's Bird (Paperback)
Three Rivers Press (CA), 9781400097340, 384pp.
Publication Date: August 22, 2006
Two hundred years later, naturalist John Fitzgerald gets a call from an old friend asking him to join the search for the bird's remains. He traces the bird's history, uncovering surprising details about the role of a woman known only as Miss B in Joseph Banks's life and career. Could she be the key to solving the mystery to finally finding the lost Bird of Ulieta?
Seamlessly leaping between two time periods, " The Conjurer's Bird" is at once the story of Joseph Banks's secret life and of Fitz's thrilling and near-impossible race to find the elusive bird.
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Praise For The Conjurer's Bird…
“An ambitious mystery . . . [Martin] slips in descriptions so deft, readers can smell and touch his scenes. . . . As the novel’s past and present begin to fuse amid unexpected twists—the book becomes increasingly compelling.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Cunningly spins two stories. . . .[An] absorbing mystery. . . .The modern story’s tension and its narrator’s reticence contrast perfectly with Davies’s assured depiction of eighteenth-century art, science, and exploration all intersecting on the shifting terrain of emotion.” —Boston Globe
“[An] enticing blend of fact and historical fiction . . . The Conjurer’s Bird is in the end a perfect alternative to the plethora of routine, forgettable mystery novels.” —Pages