The Parisian Prodigal
By Alan Gordon
St. Martin’s Press, January 19, 2010
In 1205, Theophilos–a fool by trade, a family man by choice, and a spy by design–belongs, along with his family, to the Fools’ Guild, a group that secretly maintains the fragile order of society. In Toulouse, that order is threatened when, unexpectedly, a man claiming to be a full brother of the ruling count is found one morning in a local bordello next to a dead whore, killed with his own sword. Now, Theophilos and his family must uncover the truth.