Night of the Condor Scratchboard book cover illustration - 3/18/2019

Materials used: 6x6 inch Black-coated Ampersand board and scratching tools.

This is book #160 of 160 paperback novels being transcribed by The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

This is an espionage novel that takes place in Perus South America. You can purchase a copy from The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

Here's the first bit and a link to chapter one of Night of the Condor.


A quarter-moon hung high over the Andean village of Santa Rosa when Father Benito Jaran returned from the countryside. He'd been visiting farmers who were too old or too ill to come to town.

The hour was late, the plaza was deserted, and the villagers had gone to bed. The homely, good-natured priest grinned as he anticipated the pleasure of resting his weary legs and dining on a bowl of hot soup. He picked up his pace as he crossed the cobblestones to his church.

Suddenly a flock of winged things burst out from under the eaves of a nearby building, startling the priest. Flying in spirals, they rose high above the town square.

Bats, thought Father Benito.

But they weren't bats, they were birds, and their numbers multiplied with every passing second, clouding the sky. The night was filled with their frightened cries as they fled Santa Rosa.

Read the rest by visiting The Gardner Francis Fox Library.