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The caves of Périgord : a novel

Author: Martin Walker
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When a young American woman, who works at a London auction house, receives a 17,000-year-old fragment of a cave painting from a British soldier, she sets out to find the fragment's true origins.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
War fiction
Suspense fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23-
Caves of Périgord.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2002
(OCoLC)988918210
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Walker
ISBN: 0743222849 9780743222846 1439181233 9781439181232
OCLC Number: 49207564
Description: 378 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Martin Walker.
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Dominique Lapierre coauthor of "Is Paris Burning?" The heroic struggle of the French Resistance against the Nazis during the Second World War is little known. This book is the most poetic and Read more...

 
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