The Fragment

The Fragment

Book - 2016
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In the newest high-stakes historical thriller from master storyteller Davis Bunn, skepticism vies with faith amid the grit and grandeur of post-World-War-I Europe.

It's 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Enter young Muriel Ross, an amateur American photographer tasked with documenting the antiques that her employer, U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, has traveled to France in order to acquire. Although she's exhilarated to have escaped her parents and the confines of their stifling Virginia home, Muriel has lingering questions about why the senator has chosen her for this grand adventure. Nevertheless, she blossoms in her new surroundings, soaking up Parisian culture and capturing the sights and sounds of Paris on her camera.

But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that the senator is on a mission far more momentous--and potentially deadly--than a mere shopping trip. At the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Senator Bryan asks Muriel to photograph an astonishing artifact: a piece of the True Cross, discovered by Empress Helena--a historical figure familiar to readers of The Pilgrim . When rumors surface that another fragment has been unearthed, Muriel becomes enmeshed in a covert international alliance dedicated to authenticating the fragment--and protecting it from those who will stop at nothing to steal and discredit it.
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781616369347
1616369345
Characteristics: 167 pages

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SPL_Sonya Nov 01, 2017

A fast-paced police procedural set in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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stormy1960
Apr 02, 2017

You either love Rankin or you don't. This is not one of his best but he does try to bring the lives of other key characters more to the foreground, which I appreciated.

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NancyBooks123
Feb 26, 2017

None of the reviews below are about The Fragment by T. Davis Bunn. It's unfortunate that they are shown under that title.

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rbastien
Jan 20, 2017

I struggled to care who the bad people were and the good guys are boring - nothing happens for three quarters of the book and the story is predictable from beginning to end. What a tedious read.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Nov 07, 2016

Rebus has finally retired, but is drawn back in when killings begin to happen and his old enemy Cafferty appears to be on the hit list. Ghosts from the past abound in this latest offering by Ian Rankin.

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jeannecrisp
Oct 07, 2016

Irreverant. Honorable. Unapologetic. Loyal. Cynical. Persistant. That’s John Rebus. Even though he’s retired from the Edinburgh police force, John is still critical to a murder investigation.

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dougslater
Aug 22, 2016

I liked this Rebus/Clarke/Fox police story. It is a great series and this book shows there is still a lot of life left in it. Love the Edinburgh setting and descriptions.

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rb3221
Jun 02, 2016

A great novel by Rankin with his hero Rebus, now retired but re-hired as a consultant and working with Siobhan Clarke, Malcolm Fox, and even Big Ger Cafferty.
It is a well written novel with a good organized plot, a page - turner and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end. Read it.

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66healey
May 17, 2016

Rankin and Rebus never fail to entertain, and this one is no exception. Perhaps a few too many ancillary characters for my liking, but this is an excellent read. Rebus' character seems to be mellowing a bit, and the storyline involving past friends and foes adds some spice, and expands the future possibilities.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

Even though you might ferret it out the murderer of one of the victims, Rankin still creates a great mystery, filled with interesting characters.

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rhodo86
Mar 03, 2016

Hate to say it, the characters (especially Rebus and Cafferty) didn't stand out as sharp as they were in other Rankin's novels. However, I dare to predict that for most Rebus fans, this book will still be head and shoulder more enjoyable than a lot of best sellers out there. Gobbled the book up in 2 days despite trying to make it last.
Got the sense that Fox would be Rebus' successor as the next vulnerable soul. Hope I am right.

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