The Fifth Elephant: A Novel of Discworld

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Everyone knows that the world is flat, and supported on the backs of four elephants. But weren't there supposed to be five? Indeed there were. So where is it?...

When duty calls. Commander Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork constabulary answers. Even when he doesn't want to. He's been "invited" to attend a royal function as both detective and diplomat. The one role he relishes; the other requires, well, ruby tights. Of course where cops (even those clad in tights) go, alas, crime follows. An attempted assassination and a theft soon lead to a desperate chase from the low halls of Discworld royalty to the legendary fat mines of Uberwald, where lard is found in underground seams along with tusks and teeth and other precious ivory artifacts. It's up to the dauntless Vimes -- bothered as usual by a familiar cast of Discworld inhabitants (you know, trolls, dwarfs, werewolves, vampires and such) -- to solve the puzzle of the missing pachyderm. Which of course he does. After all, solving mysteries is his job.

 

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This is a Great Book as it's written by Sir Terry Pratchett

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A wonderful addition to Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, As the famous Sam Vimes, lady Sybil, and two of his closest Night Watch are sent to Uperwald in hopes of making deals for their fat mines. Faceing along the way facing thrilling and unexpected problems along the way. As Caption Carrot ventures out to find Angua and find out what's going on. This thrilling comity all centered around a dwarf coronation and fat. 

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Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, was the author of more than 70 books, including the internationally bestselling Discworld series of novels. His books have been adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. In January 2009, Pratchett was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry, who lived in England, died in March 2015 at the age of 66.

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