The Damascened Blade

The Damascened Blade

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Baker & Taylor
Joe Sandilands becomes caught up in a murder plot with reverberations in the past when a Pathan prince is killed, hostages are seized, and Joe is given one week to identify the killer before the frontier is engulfed in violence.

Perseus Publishing
In the northwest frontier 1910, the screams of a wounded British officer abandoned at the bottom of a dark ravine are heard by a young Scottish subaltern. Ignoring the command to retreat to base the Highlander sets out alone, with dagger in hand, to rescue his fellow officer from the Pathan tribesman who is slowly torturing him to death. But the bloody outcome of this rescue attempt is not what anybody could have predicted. Over a dozen years later the backwash of this tragedy threatens to engulf Joe Sandilands. On a welcome break from his policing duties, Joe is spending a fortnight with his old army friend, James Lindsay, commander of the British army's front line fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border. However, the fragile peace is soon broken resulting in the death of a Pathan prince and the taking of hostages, and Joe and his companion are given seven days in which to identify, arrest and execute the killer before the frontier erupts into war. The deadly edge of the final days of the Raj sets the backdrop for this third engrossing novel in the popular Joe Sandilands series.

In the northwest frontier 1910, the screams of a wounded British officer abandoned at the bottom of a dark ravine are heard by a young Scottish subaltern. Ignoring the command to retreat to base the Highlander sets out alone, with dagger in hand, to rescue his fellow officer from the Pathan tribesman who is slowly torturing him to death. But the bloody outcome of this rescue attempt is not what anybody could have predicted. Over a dozen years later the backwash of this tragedy threatens to engulf Joe Sandilands. On a welcome break from his policing duties, Joe is spending a fortnight with his old army friend, James Lindsay, commander of the British army’s front line fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border. However, the fragile peace is soon broken resulting in the death of a Pathan prince and the taking of hostages, and Joe and his companion are given seven days in which to identify, arrest and execute the killer before the frontier erupts into war. The deadly edge of the final days of the Raj sets the backdrop for this third engrossing novel in the popular Joe Sandilands series.


Blackwell North Amer
The North West Frontier 1910.
The screams of a wounded British officer abandoned at the bottom of a dark ravine are heard by a young Scottish subaltern. Ignoring the command to retreat, the Highlander sets out alone to rescue his fellow officer from the Pathan tribesmen who are slowly torturing him to death.
Twelve years later the backwash from this tragic incident threatens to engulf Detective Joe Sandilands. On secondment from Scotland Yard, Joe is spending a fortnight's leave with an old army friend, James Lindsay, commander of the front line fort at Gor Khatri. An uneasy truce has been holding with the Afghans to the north but everyone is aware of the local saying, "When the peace treaty has been signed - that's when the war starts."
Into this delicate situation there comes an ill-assorted group of visitors to the fort. War observer, spy, doctor, trader, each has a strong personal reason for being in this volatile and dangerous place. To his dismay, Joe is charged with the safety of one of them, Lily, a rich and self-assured American girl. When another of the guests, a handsome Pathan prince, dies mysteriously in the night the fragile peace between the British and the surrounding tribe is jeopardized. Joe and James have seven days in which to identify, arrest and execute the murderer before the frontier erupts into war. Assistance from an unlikley quarter - Lily - is forthcoming. But can Joe trust her?

Baker
& Taylor

During a visit to an old army friend, James Lindsay, commander of the British army's fort at Gor Khatri on the Afghan border, Joe Sandilands becomes caught up in a murder plot with reverberations in the past, when a Pathan prince is killed, hostages are seized, and Joe and his companion are given one week to identify and arrest the killer before the frontier is engulfed in violence.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004
ISBN: 9780786713332
078671333X
Branch Call Number: F CLE
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 23 cm

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maipenrai
Jun 10, 2017

Interesting mystery series set in India during British rule in the 1920's. Recommend! bookwoman & Abby Tabby

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pitkerro
Feb 04, 2012

The Northwest Frontier/Afghanistan - history records that nothing changes. Let it be.

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