Already a collector's item in its hardcover edition, "The Plague
Tales" -- part historical novel, part 21st century thriller -- has
received wide critical acclaim and has the makings of a classic in
the tradition of Diana Gabaldon's first novel, Outlander.
Fourteenth century physician Alejandro Canches, caught
performing a forbidden autopsy in his Spanish homeland, flees
through Europe at the time of the Black Death to escape execution.
But when he arrives in the Papal city of Avignon, he is conscripted
to serve as a Plague Doctor, and sent against his wishes to the
court of England's Edward III.
Unfolding in a dramatic counterpoint is the story of American
medical archaeologist Janie Crowe, in England at the turn of the
twenty-first century to recover from the tragic loss of her family.
She digs up a medieval artifact as part of her research, and
unwittingly releases a deadly plague bacteria on an unprepared
In a future where antibiotics are useless and a past where death
is an everpresent fear, these two unwilling heroes are linked by
history and defined by circumstance. Here are their stories -- the
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