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THUD! by Terry Pratchett

THUD!

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Thud! That was the sound of a club landing on someone's head, usually resulting in the body slumping forward. It was also a game beloved by dwarfs and trolls alike. Commander Samuel Vimes did not like games, not on his Watch anyway. Particularly when a leading Ankh-Morpork dwarf community leader turned up dead because of them. And especially on the eve of the anniversary of the notorious Battle of Koom Valley, where trolls ambushed the dwarves, or dwarves ambushed the trolls—it all happened so long ago, no one is quite sure which. But with tensions building as the anniversary draws near, Vimes must contend with an armful of nasty prejudices ranging from ancient dwarf-troll hatred within his own precinct, to his own unease with newly-hired constable Sally the vampire, to Sally's problems with her partner, Angua the werewolf—all while tracking down the ruthless killer...and still returning home by 6:00, just in time to read Where's My Cow? to Sam, Jr. before he's put to bed.

Finding the killer won't be easy, as dwarves and trolls blame each other, and neither side is talking. Clues must be found elsewhere—perhaps in the revered The Battle of Koom Valley epic painting, whose artist was reputed to have heard voices. Or in the dwarfish tendency to inexplicably tunnel everywhere under the city, undermining the very foundations of Ankh-Morpork itself. Or through the vague trail of rumors leading to a legendary troll savior known as the Diamond King. But Sam Vimes is undeterred. To protect his city, he will get at the heart of the hate and distrust between these two factions one way or another—even if he has to go all the way back to Koom Valley itself! (373 pp.) 2005.

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