Purity of Blood by Arturo Perez-Reverte
(Captain Alatriste)

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The second swashbuckling adventure in the internationally acclaimed Captain Alatriste series Captain Alatriste, Madrid’s most charismatic swashbuckler, returns in Perez-Reverte’s acclaimed international bestseller. The fearless Alatriste is hired to infiltrate a convent and rescue a young girl forced to serve as a powerful priest’s concubine. The girl’s father is barred from legal recourse as the priest threatens to reveal that the man’s family is “not of pure blood” and is, in fact, of Jewish descent—which will all but destroy the family name. As Alatriste struggles to save the young hostage from being burned at the stake, he soon finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that leads all the way to the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. A literary thriller that delivers adventure and rich historical detail, Purity of Blood captivates to the final page.


About Arturo Perez-Reverte

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Novelist and former journalist Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez was born in Cartagena, Spain on November 25, 1951. He started his journalistic career writing for the Spanish newspaper Pueblo and later for Television Espanola - the Spanish state owned television, in the role of war correspondant. He worked as a war correspondent from 1973 to1994 before becoming a full-time writer. His first novel, El húsar, which was set in the Napoleonic Wars, was published in 1986, and he is well-known internationally for his popular Captain Alatriste fiction series, which takes place in 17th-century Europe. Pérez-Reverte has been elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.
Published November 28, 2006 by Plume. 292 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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A swashbuckling tale of a mercenary whose sidekick is jailed in the Inquisition.

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Wrap your cloak around you, place your hat upon your head, ensure sword and dagger are within reach, and go to a bookseller of repute.

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is "not of pure blood"-is, in fact, of Jewish descent - .

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So last year Putnam launched the Captain Alatriste series, previously published in Pérez-Reverte’s native Spain, with the first volume, Captain Alatriste ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection Sept/Oct 2005).

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