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Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
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Jun 25, 11

Read in May, 2011

This was a devastating book about impossible choices. I'm amazed that a writer in 1969 could write so directly about child prostitution, drug addiction and sexual politics -- all set largely in the Court of Sulieman the Magnificent in the 1550s. The historical detail is incredible. The human tangle is profound.

Lymond survives, just - but other characters including Graham Reid Mallet, Phillippa Somerville, Lymond's illegitimate half sister Marthe are incredibly vivid.
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