THE PAINTED TENT by Victor Canning


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The third and final account of Smiler, Samuel Miles, traveling on since The Runaways and The Flight of the Grey Goose, finds him in the painted tent of an ex-circus Romany Duchess who foresees happiness. To Smiler that will be clearing his name with the police, acquiring an education as a vet, and a girl -- Laura. In the meantime and for most of this book he is involved watching a peregrine falcon Fria who at first cannot fly at all, then roosts on a barn before she goes off to kill and mate in the environs. Canning does not write down to this older/younger audience, includes his bird lore with no fuss or feathers, and tells a likably sentimental story without permitting the pages to stick to your fingers.

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 1974
Publisher: Morrow