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A Conspiracy of Paper (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family — until he is asked to investigate his father's sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his father's footsteps — and they just might lead him to his own grave. An enthralling historical thriller, A Conspiracy of Paper will leave readers wondering just how much has changed in the stock market in the last three hundred years....

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"A vortex of stock fraud and murder...[A] genre-stretching first novel." Time

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"The plot draws you in from page to page....An evocation of English history that you can happily get lost in for days." The New York Times

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"An old-fashioned detective story, with London's teeming streets and taverns as its backdrop....An artfully constructed potboiler: the sort of thing that would make a good 'Mystery!' series on PBS." The New Yorker

Review:

"A tale of eighteenth-century finance, murder, and religion that is a remarkable debut and a thoroughly satisfying novel." Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

Synopsis:

London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship’s captain who has been gravely injured in the king’s naval battles with France. As London’s streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames.

Having gained a measure of fame as amateur detectives for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, the indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate. In this intricate novel, Harriet and Crowther will discover that this is no ordinary drowning—the victim is part of a plot to betray England’s most precious secrets.

Synopsis:

Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family—until he is asked to investigate his fathers sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his fathers footsteps—and they just might lead him to his own grave. An enthralling historical thriller, A Conspiracy of Paper will leave readers wondering just how much has changed in the stock market in the last three hundred years. . . .

About the Author

David Liss was born in 1966 and grew up in south Florida. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the English department at Columbia University, where he is completing his dissertation on how the mid-eighteenth-century novel reflects and shapes the emergence of the modern idea of personal finance. He has given numerous conference papers on his research and has also published on Henry James. He has received several awards for his work, including the Columbia Presidents Fellowship, an A. W. Mellon Research Fellowship, and the Whiting Dissertation Fellowship. He holds an M.A. from Georgia State University and a B.S. from Syracuse University. Liss lives in New York City with his wife and can be reached via his Web site, www.davidliss.com

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Robert Lockett, January 8, 2013 (view all comments by Robert Lockett)
Clearly written story of the early stock market. Makes it easy for a lay person to see how it grew into the monster that drives our economy today.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804119122
Author:
Liss, David
Publisher:
Penguin (Non-Classics)
Author:
Robertson, Imogen
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
London
Subject:
Stock exchanges
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Capitalists and financiers
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Subject:
fiction;historical fiction;mystery;england;london;historical;18th century;novel;stock market;finance;historical mystery;jews;british;history;benjamin weaver;crime;murder;thriller;american;detective;historical novel;south sea bubble;contemporary fiction;ec
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Series Volume:
11326
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.21x5.50x.90 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 480 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780804119122 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A vortex of stock fraud and murder...[A] genre-stretching first novel."
"Review" by , "The plot draws you in from page to page....An evocation of English history that you can happily get lost in for days."
"Review" by , "An old-fashioned detective story, with London's teeming streets and taverns as its backdrop....An artfully constructed potboiler: the sort of thing that would make a good 'Mystery!' series on PBS."
"Review" by , "A tale of eighteenth-century finance, murder, and religion that is a remarkable debut and a thoroughly satisfying novel."
"Synopsis" by ,

London, 1781. Harriet Westerman anxiously awaits news of her husband, a ship’s captain who has been gravely injured in the king’s naval battles with France. As London’s streets seethe with rumor, a body is dragged from the murky waters of the Thames.

Having gained a measure of fame as amateur detectives for unraveling the mysteries of Thornleigh Hall, the indomitable Mrs. Westerman and her reclusive sidekick, anatomist Gabriel Crowther, are once again called on to investigate. In this intricate novel, Harriet and Crowther will discover that this is no ordinary drowning—the victim is part of a plot to betray England’s most precious secrets.

"Synopsis" by , Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family—until he is asked to investigate his fathers sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his fathers footsteps—and they just might lead him to his own grave. An enthralling historical thriller, A Conspiracy of Paper will leave readers wondering just how much has changed in the stock market in the last three hundred years. . . .
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