To Play the Fool

To Play the Fool

Book - 2014
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The first cremation the homeless people held in Golden Gate Park was for a dog; their second pyre held a much larger body. To find the one responsible for these deaths, Kate Martinelli sets out on a quest for Brother Erasmus -- an enigmatic creature who has befriended the homeless and speaks only in quotations.
Publisher: New York : Picador/Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First Picador edition
ISBN: 9781250046581
1250046580
Branch Call Number: KING L
Characteristics: 242, 17 pages ; 21 cm

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2011

Interesting San Francisco murder mystery starring a professor turned fool, a bunch of homeless characters and a lesbian detective. What got me hooked were author's discovery of "fool". as prescribed per:
This fellow’s wise enough to play the fool,
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests.
The quality of persons, and the time;
And like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practice
As full of labour as a wise man’s art.
For folly that he wisely shows is fit,
But wise men folly-fallen, taint their wit."—Twelfth Night iii. 1

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rgally
Dec 13, 2010

Some interesting details about fools but not much going on. Grave Talent (1st in the series) was better.

A man is murdered but we don't know who he is (or care?). the story is slow to unfold and does not grip.

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