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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Gruber Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A fire destroys a New York City rare bookstore—and reveals clues to a treasure worth killing for… A disgraced scholar is found tortured to death… And those pursuing the most valuable literary find in history are about to cross from the harmless mundane into inescapable nightmare.

From the acclaimed, bestselling author of Tropic of Night comes a breathtaking thriller that twists, shocks, and surprises at every turn as it crisscrosses centuries, from the glaring violence of today into the dark shadows of truth and lies surrounding the greatest writer the world has ever known.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you love books, make room on the shelf for a new guilty pleasure.”

    Washington Post

  • “A smart thriller. Gruber’s themes may be lofty but his people are fully fleshed. An engaging adventure.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Ingenious…Engaging…A gripping, satisfying read.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by megan / redwitch | 2/20/2014

    " i enjoyed this book as the thriller style it was - and the load of literary allusions it made, but there were a few things that made me feel it was only an average read. the biggest one is the historical documents - although fun to have included as the present-day story circles around them - they were not that interesting in and of themselves. they were not "discovered" in the story and then included to read but just randomly dropped between chapters for the most part, although a few did seem to line up w. when a character found or deciphered it. i found myself speed reading through them to get back to the main plot. i did enjoy the characters though and in particular to supporting characters, much more than some thriller / sleuth books as well. that is what really made the story for me interesting i.e. enjoy reading it and kept me flying through it. so i would definitely recommend but don't expect an extraordinarily built up string of details, just enjoy it for the people and the somewhat crazy situations they find themselves in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caitlinstuart07 | 2/16/2014

    " Strange, engrossing, unrealistic but cool. Can't say much without giving it away, but the idea that a Shakespeare manuscript has been found (or rather, that there is a document stating its existence and that it could be found) is interesting and well developed. The mystery unfolds, the kidnapping, hasty retreats, guns blazing, chase scenes.... you name it, its here. While I didn't like the main character very much because he was kind of a rich ass who was totally self absorbed, I did like several secondary characters and they were very well depicted and characterized. Neat story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Beth Haynes | 2/10/2014

    " It was ok. If I wasn't reading it for a book club, I would not have finished it. There was a time when these kinds of books (suspenseful murder mystery) but I guess i am just not in the mood right now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martin Mulcahey | 1/30/2014

    " Great narration but average story. The way the book is narrated by the main character was very compelling, and deftly weaved dark humor about three American families into a book I was reading for it's work as piece of historical fiction. As historical fiction goes, it was very good (a notch above Steve Berry) and it used flashback chapters much like the movie and TV series "The Highlander" did to add insight without breaking the tension of the story. The believability factor was good, but not outstanding, and I have to say that the main characters ability to make every woman he has ever been with reach a orgasm did stretch credulity :-) A fun read for His-fict, Shakespeare addicts, and movie buffs. "

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