A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel (Ballantine Reader''s Circle)

by David Liss | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0804119120 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ldpaulson of Ventura, California USA on 4/2/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by ldpaulson from Ventura, California USA on Monday, April 02, 2007
Picked this up at a book sale. Appears to be interesting. I love the title. I'll read and release.

This paperback edition has a cover different from that depicted.

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Journal Entry 2 by ldpaulson from Ventura, California USA on Monday, July 30, 2007
What an unexpectedly wonderful, satisfying read -- start to finish! David Liss has written this in a modified 18th Century style that immerses the reader in the age without being unwieldy to comprehend.

The tale is set in London. Its narrator is Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish ex-boxer who has turned to thief-taking in this pre-police era. Weaver's estranged father has just died and the son of a stock trader has also just enlisted Weaver's help in investigating his father's "self-murder," which the son believes to be murder. As Weaver investigates, he moves self-consciously through polite society as well as the alehouses and alleyways of London. The two events may both be murder as the men were privvy to the intriguing machinations of the early English stock market.

The narrative also explores what it meant to be Jewish in this time. Essentially, those residents of "The Hebrew Race," as Weaver calls them, who resided in England were subjected to a seemingly endless list of legal and societal restrictions.

Liss uses his backdrop and historical minutia effectively in weaving (yes, pun intended) this story. Engrossing. Effective.

"Tremendously smart, assured, and entertaining. ... An intricate mystery, a colorful rogues' gallery, and improbably, a history lesson on the birth of the stock market." -- Newsweek

Journal Entry 3 by ldpaulson from Ventura, California USA on Monday, July 30, 2007
I'll be passing this along to a fellow reader later this week.

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