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A Conspiracy of Paper di David Liss
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A Conspiracy of Paper (edizione 2001)

di David Liss

Serie: Benjamin Weaver (1)

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Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London's gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves. In A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER, Weaver must investigate a crime of the most personal sort, involving the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockdealer. To find the answers, Weaver contends with a garrulous prostitute who knows too much about his past, estranged relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a group of powerful men in the world of finance who have disguised their business dealings with an intricate web of deception and violence. Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation - a way of life that poses great risk for investors, but real danger for Weaver and his family.… (altro)
Utente:AnnavanGelderen
Titolo:A Conspiracy of Paper
Autori:David Liss
Info:Abacus (2001), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 512 pages
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Etichette:20c fiction, London, 18c

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Intriguing and complex mystery, vividly set in 1719 London. The author presents a rich portrait of those times: when no police force or Scotland Yard yet existed, and danger lurked in every fetid alley. At the same time, a new era of paper money and stocks was beginning, and the coffeehouses were crowded with over-caffeinated "stock-jobbers" and speculators. The narrator is a former boxer who now tracks down debts and thieves for a price. He is also a Jew, whose options are limited and whose entrance into social circles is always in doubt. Recommended for those who enjoy historical fiction but read it in several sittings or you may easily lose track of the many characters. ( )
  AnaraGuard | Nov 1, 2020 |
I loved it! Wonderfully descriptive setting. ( )
  Picabol | Jun 10, 2020 |
Excellent historical fiction. Benjamin Weaver is a great protagonist and I look forward to reading more of his adventures. ( )
  ChristopherSwann | May 15, 2020 |
I love 18th century novels, but I think I've read pretty much all the good ones, so now I look for contemporary novels that bring the 18th century to life without too much compromise with modern language and life. This book did the trick for me - the author's PhD in 18th century lit paid off, if not for him, then at least for me! I especially like the way he took a fresh angle on 18th century London by looking at it from the perspective of the Jewish community. The book didn't work as well for me as a mystery story, but it was still enjoyable. Building the plot around such a dry and intricate subject as the 18th century stock market must have been a challenge, but for the most part I think he pulled it off. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
While I am not a fan of detectives, so maybe my knowledge is lacking, but I quite enjoyed this book. It’s definite plus is that the author knows about the period he writes because he studies it professionally. ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
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Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London's gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves. In A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER, Weaver must investigate a crime of the most personal sort, involving the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockdealer. To find the answers, Weaver contends with a garrulous prostitute who knows too much about his past, estranged relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a group of powerful men in the world of finance who have disguised their business dealings with an intricate web of deception and violence. Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation - a way of life that poses great risk for investors, but real danger for Weaver and his family.

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