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The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel (Paperback)
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.
“Few thrillers will surpass [this book] when it comes to energetic writing, compellingly flawed characters, literary scholarship and mathematical conundrums.”
“A smart thriller. Gruber’s themes may be lofty but his people are fully fleshed. An engaging adventure.”
“If you love books, make room on the shelf for a new guilty pleasure.”
“An intricately crafted and literate work (that) should give the (thriller) genre a good shake.”
“Fearless, intricate and intelligent. Stylish and confident prose. Dialogue that respects a reader’s intelligence. A smart and original plot.”
“A dead genius, a sleuthing couple with romantic chemistry, and some bad guys...it’s a fun party.”
“Very good...ingenious and suspenseful.”
“Entertaining. A wild ride.”
“Smart and irreverent.”
“(An) intoxicating mix of fact, fiction, secret codes and ancient conspiracies...well-written and cleverly told. A terrific thriller.”
“A crackling whodunit. Characters (with) rich inner lives that transmute genre fiction into literature.”
“(An) entertaining thriller with Da Vinci Code appeal but far better writing.”
“Finely-honed prose, ambitious structure and captivating characters...This is a whip-smart adventure that surpasses its competitors with dexterity.”
“Quirky, flawed characters, tricksy first-person narration, and nimble, witty prose. Gruber is the real deal.”
“Another one of [Gruber’s] patently intricate thrillers.”
“Gruber is no ordinary writer.”
“A gripping literary thriller. A taut novel that offers ingenious puzzles plus murderous threats along the way.”
“MIchael Gruber pulls out all the stops (in) an elaborate game of cat-and-mouse.”
“(An) intelligent thrill ride.”
“Ingenious...engaging...a gripping, satisfying read.”
“A wonderful book, brimming with energy, suspense, wit and fascinating details about the rare book business. A fast-paced yarn that is part Henry James, part James Bond.
“A wild ride of a thriller. The characters have depth, histories and believability.”
“Gruber deftly raises the thriller stakes and accelerates the plot while still creating convincing personal journeys for his characters.”
“Not since Bayatt’s POSSESSION has an author so successfully combined literary puzzle, tempestuous duplicity, human adventure and good storytelling.”
“A fast-moving tale about the world of rare books. A wonderful story with absolutely superb casting.”
“One of the best new writers in the genre.”