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This is book number 4 in the A Thursday Next Novel series.
The fourth installment in Jasper Fforde’s New York Times bestselling series follows literary detective Thursday Next on another adventure in her alternate reality of literature-obsessed England—from the author of The Constant Rabbit
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.
“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. It is a compliment to the author’s skill and creativity that his humor remains fresh and his central character gains depth.”
—The Denver Post
“More than a little wacky, the novel is packed with screwball details as characters get ‘written’ in and out of the story, hybridized creatures stalk malls and Shakespeare clones start popping up everywhere. With humorous illustrations and curious footnotes sprinkled throughout, Fforde’s latest will have hardcore fans roaring.”
“Prepare to be delighted.”
“Enough furious daft invention to sate [Fforde’s] cult fan base.”