Put On by Cunning
The eleventh Wexford novel published by Hutchinson in 1981
The tragic death of Manuel Camargue, Kingsmarkham’s celebrity flautist, is met with a ruling of misadventure. Dinah, his young fiancée, seeks Wexford’s help when Manuel’s estranged daughter, Natalie, then reappears after an absence of nineteen years.
Dinah believes Natalie is not who she claims to be. Knowing there is a large inheritance at stake, Wexford begins to investigate. But then events take a gruesome twist, and now, more than ever, Wexford must establish Natalie’s true identity.
The title, Put On by Cunning, is taken from a speech by Horatio in Act 5, Scene 2 of Hamlet.
Put On by Cunning was published as Death Notes in the US.
Adapted for TV in 1990.
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