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Ex-Libris

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A cryptic summons to a remote country house launches Isaac Inchbold, a London bookseller and antiquarian, on an odyssey through seventeenth-century Europe. Charged with the task of restoring a magnificent library destroyed by the war, Inchbold moves between Prague and the Tower Bridge in London, his fortunes—and his life—hanging on his ability to recover a missing manuscript. Yet the lost volume is not what it seems, and his search is part of a treacherous game of underworld spies and smugglers, ciphers, and forgeries. Inchbold's adventure is compelling from beginning to end as Ross King vividly recreates the turmoil of Europe in the seventeenth century—the sacks of great cities; Raleigh's final voyage; the quest for occult knowledge; and a watery escape from three mysterious horsemen.

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Review:

"Ex-Libris requires some effort on the part of readers, but it will be amply rewarded by King's provocative plot, brilliant craftsmanship, and ability to make the people, places, and events of the past sparkle with life. This is a superbly written must-read worthy of five stars." Booklist

Review:

"A satisfyingly lush and lavish adventure in the world of rare books that will remind readers of The Name of the Rose." Detroit Free Press

Review:

"An ingenious intellectual puzzle." Newsday

Review:

"[A] sweeping intellectual thriller....Bibliophiles will find the details of the 17th-century book trade to be fascinating, and history buffs will enjoy the panoramic view of Western history, from the sacking of Constantinople to the search for El Dorado to the savage exhumation and desecration of Cromwell's remains that sets the stage for the events of the story." Denver Post

Review:

"Fans of literary thrillers by the likes of Eco, Hoeg and Perez-Reverte will delight in this suspenseful, confident and intelligent novel." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A tightly woven literary thriller that mixes history, politics, literature and action in a way unrivaled in modern mystery fiction...At its heart, the book is a beautifully paced, multilayered adventure reminiscent of Jonthan Harker's saga in Bram Stoker's Dracula." The Columbus Dispatch

Review:

"Ex-Libris is entertainingly crammed with the appurtenances of Gothic romance?castles, secret codes, shadowy crypts, spies, mysterious coach rides, a distressed noblewoman, black-clad assassins." Miami Herald

Review:

"This is a rollicking good yarn." Mystery Review

Review:

"This book would [also] appeal to those who enjoy the English language and a turn of phrase, and appreciate literary style as an artform itself." The Daily News

Review:

"An ingenious intellectual puzzle." Newsday

Review:

"Ex-Libris offers a highly original, and exceptionally entertaining, variation from standard mystery fare. The writing is erudite, yet not stilted in the least. If you loved Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, this book will have your reading light burning until the wee hours." BookPage

Review:

"It's every bookworm's forbidden fantasy...an outrageously convoluted descent into the world of codebreaking, disguises, poisons, potions, cemeteries, ancient wisdom, and forbidden magic, all drawn through King's extraordinary knowledge of the 17th century....Despite the dizzying level of historical and scientific detail...King never loses the scent of high adventure or even the whiff of macabre camp....Bookworms who yearn for thrills beyond the shelves will eat this up." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"An unusually literate historical mystery....Ex-Libris wears its considerable learning lightly, and its climactic succession of surprises does not disappoint. Readers who willingly lost themselves in Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost should know that King has written its entirely worthy successor." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"King has created a literary historical thriller in the vein of The Name of the Rose. It delivers fascinating but arcane facts about ciphers, Mercator maps, astronomy, and invisible ink in an engaging tale." Library Journal

Review:

"A suitably labyrinthine plot…Above all, it is King’s sheer gift for storytelling that makes Ex-Libris such an enjoyable read." The Oxford Times

Review:

"Highly original, and very clever indeed." Manchester Evening News

Review:

"An exquisite historical thriller and a story which twists and turns like the beautifully evoked back streets of 17th century London." Yorkshire Evening Post

Synopsis:

King's literary thriller combines the layered, multifaceted narrative style of Iain Pears' "Instance of the Fingerpost" with Dorothy Dunnett's broad-canvas grasp of English history. The story, set in 1660s London sparkles with intrigue and adventure, literature, history, politics, and philosophy.

About the Author

Ross King was born in Canada in 1962 and presently lives near Oxford, England. He is also the author of two internationally acclaimed books, the novel Domino and Brunelleschi's Dome.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000809
Author:
King, Ross
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Libraries
Subject:
Booksellers and bookselling
Subject:
Book collecting
Subject:
Ladies-in-waiting
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
G-8
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.96x5.28x.73 in. .63 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142000809 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ex-Libris requires some effort on the part of readers, but it will be amply rewarded by King's provocative plot, brilliant craftsmanship, and ability to make the people, places, and events of the past sparkle with life. This is a superbly written must-read worthy of five stars."
"Review" by , "A satisfyingly lush and lavish adventure in the world of rare books that will remind readers of The Name of the Rose."
"Review" by , "An ingenious intellectual puzzle."
"Review" by , "[A] sweeping intellectual thriller....Bibliophiles will find the details of the 17th-century book trade to be fascinating, and history buffs will enjoy the panoramic view of Western history, from the sacking of Constantinople to the search for El Dorado to the savage exhumation and desecration of Cromwell's remains that sets the stage for the events of the story."
"Review" by , "Fans of literary thrillers by the likes of Eco, Hoeg and Perez-Reverte will delight in this suspenseful, confident and intelligent novel."
"Review" by , "A tightly woven literary thriller that mixes history, politics, literature and action in a way unrivaled in modern mystery fiction...At its heart, the book is a beautifully paced, multilayered adventure reminiscent of Jonthan Harker's saga in Bram Stoker's Dracula."
"Review" by , "Ex-Libris is entertainingly crammed with the appurtenances of Gothic romance?castles, secret codes, shadowy crypts, spies, mysterious coach rides, a distressed noblewoman, black-clad assassins."
"Review" by , "This is a rollicking good yarn."
"Review" by , "This book would [also] appeal to those who enjoy the English language and a turn of phrase, and appreciate literary style as an artform itself."
"Review" by , "An ingenious intellectual puzzle."
"Review" by , "Ex-Libris offers a highly original, and exceptionally entertaining, variation from standard mystery fare. The writing is erudite, yet not stilted in the least. If you loved Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose, this book will have your reading light burning until the wee hours."
"Review" by , "It's every bookworm's forbidden fantasy...an outrageously convoluted descent into the world of codebreaking, disguises, poisons, potions, cemeteries, ancient wisdom, and forbidden magic, all drawn through King's extraordinary knowledge of the 17th century....Despite the dizzying level of historical and scientific detail...King never loses the scent of high adventure or even the whiff of macabre camp....Bookworms who yearn for thrills beyond the shelves will eat this up."
"Review" by , "An unusually literate historical mystery....Ex-Libris wears its considerable learning lightly, and its climactic succession of surprises does not disappoint. Readers who willingly lost themselves in Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost should know that King has written its entirely worthy successor."
"Review" by , "King has created a literary historical thriller in the vein of The Name of the Rose. It delivers fascinating but arcane facts about ciphers, Mercator maps, astronomy, and invisible ink in an engaging tale."
"Review" by , "A suitably labyrinthine plot…Above all, it is King’s sheer gift for storytelling that makes Ex-Libris such an enjoyable read." The Oxford Times
"Review" by , "Highly original, and very clever indeed."
"Review" by , "An exquisite historical thriller and a story which twists and turns like the beautifully evoked back streets of 17th century London."
"Synopsis" by , King's literary thriller combines the layered, multifaceted narrative style of Iain Pears' "Instance of the Fingerpost" with Dorothy Dunnett's broad-canvas grasp of English history. The story, set in 1660s London sparkles with intrigue and adventure, literature, history, politics, and philosophy.

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