By David Liss
The Edgar Award–winning novel A Conspiracy of Paper used to be probably the most acclaimed debuts of 2000. In his richly suspenseful moment novel, writer David Liss once more travels again in time to an important second in cultural and monetary heritage. His vacation spot: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious global of alternate populated by means of schemers and rogues, the place deception principles the day.
On the world’s first commodities trade, fortunes are gained and misplaced immediately. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted dealer within the city’s close-knit neighborhood of Portuguese Jews, understands this simply too good. as soon as one of the city’s so much envied retailers, Miguel has misplaced every little thing in a surprising shift within the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, residing at the charity of his petty more youthful brother, Miguel needs to have the ability to revive his wealth and reputation.
Miguel enters right into a partnership with a seduc-tive Dutchwoman who deals him one final probability at success—a bold plot to nook the industry of an outstanding new commodity referred to as “coffee.” To be successful, Miguel needs to probability every little thing he values and attempt the boundaries of his advertisement guile, dealing with not just the chaos of the markets and the greed of his opponents, but additionally a robust enemy who will cease at not anything to determine him ruined. Miguel will research that between Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks in every single place, or even pals cover mystery agendas.
With humor, mind's eye, and secret, David Liss depicts a global of subterfuge, chance, and repressed longing, the place spiritual and cultural traditions conflict with the calls for of a brand new and interesting manner of doing company. Readers of old suspense and fanatics of espresso (even decaf) could be up all evening with this beguiling novel.