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Crime, thrillers and mystery

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A Conspiracy of Paper
David Liss
(UK: @AbacusBooks, 2001; USA: @randomhouse, Ballantine Readers’ Circle, 2001)

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in 18th-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.

UK: ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine | Amazon | Blackwells | Foyles | Waterstones | WHSmith: not available
USA: NewPages guide to independent bookstores | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Canada: FindaBookstore.ca search engine | Amazon | Indigo
Rest of the world: Book Depository

Recommended by:
Paul Atherton, Managing Director, Simple (TV) Productions Ltd (film/television)

Paul has recently run a campaign to raise awareness of the Homeless in London by Living in a Car for a year. You can follow his progress via Twitter @LondonersLondon using the hashtag #LivingInACar

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