Feet of Clay is the nineteenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, and a parody of detective novels. It was published in 1996. The story follows the members of The Watch, as they attempt to solve murders apparently committed by a golem, as well as the unusual poisoning of the Patrician.
The title is a figure of speech from the Bible (Daniel 2:33-45) used to indicate a weakness or a hidden flaw in the character of a greatly admired or respected person:
Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image ... his feet part of iron and part of clay. ... And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken."
They order Meshugah, a golem king newly-made by other golems, to fabricate poisoned candles and have them delivered to the palace. But the golem king goes mad, its mind overloaded with all the wishes and propositions of the golem community, and starts killing people.
At this point the City Watch steps in trying to solve the murders and Lord Vetinari's poisoning. With the assistance of their new forensics dwarf Cheery Littlebottom, Commander Vimes and Captain Carrot unravel the mystery. Carrot and Dorfl, one of the golems, fight and defeat the golem king at the candlestick factory. Afterwards, Vimes confronts the city's chief herald, a vampire, who instigated the whole affair. Dorfl arrests him despite tenuous evidence and Vimes burns down all the heralds' records of the nobility as a sort of punishment.
In the end, Vetinari has recovered completely, Dorfl is sworn in as a watchman and Vimes gets a pay raise.
|Bulgarian||Глинени крака||Feet Of Clay|
|Czech||Nohy z jílu||Feet of Clay|
|Dutch||Lemen voeten||Feet of Loam|
|Estonian||Savijalad||Feet of Clay|
|Finnish||Savijaloilla||On Feet of Clay|
|French||Pieds d'argile||Feet of Clay|
|German||Hohle Köpfe||Hollow Noggins|
|Italian||Piedi d'Argilla||Feet of Clay|
|Polish||Na glinianych nogach||On the Clay Feet|
|Russian||Ноги из глины||Feet of Clay|
|Serbian||Glinene noge||Feet of Clay|
|Spanish||Pies de barro||Feet of Clay|
|Swedish||På lerfötter||On Clay Feet|