By David Liss
The Edgar Award–winning novel A Conspiracy of Paper was once 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 fiscal historical past. His vacation spot: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious international of alternate populated through schemers and rogues, the place deception ideas the day.
On the world’s first commodities alternate, fortunes are received and misplaced directly. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted dealer within the city’s close-knit group of Portuguese Jews, understands this in simple terms too good. as soon as one of the city’s such a lot envied retailers, Miguel has misplaced every little thing in a surprising shift within the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, dwelling 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 bargains him one final probability at success—a bold plot to nook the industry of an unbelievable new commodity referred to as “coffee.” To prevail, Miguel needs to probability every little thing he values and attempt the bounds of his advertisement guile, dealing with not just the chaos of the markets and the greed of his rivals, but additionally a robust enemy who will cease at not anything to work out him ruined. Miguel will study that between Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks in all places, or even associates cover mystery agendas.
With humor, mind's eye, and secret, David Liss depicts a global of subterfuge, chance, and repressed longing, the place non secular and cultural traditions conflict with the calls for of a brand new and intriguing means of doing enterprise. Readers of historic suspense and fans of espresso (even decaf) could be up all evening with this beguiling novel.