The Book of Air and Shadows

The Book of Air and Shadows

[a Novel]

Book - 2007
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A distinguished Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death . . .

A lost manuscript and its secrets buried for centuries . . .

An encrypted map that leads to incalculable wealth . . .

The Washington Post called Michael Gruber's previous work "a miracle of intelligent fiction and among the essential novels of recent years." Now comes his most intellectually provocative and compulsively readable novel yet.

Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this little screen, and who will read them I hardly know. I could be dead by the time anyone actually gets to read them, as dead as, say, Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Does it matter, when you read, if the person who wrote still lives?

These are the words of Jake Mishkin, whose seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer--or killers--unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for four hundred years. In a frantic race from New York to England and Switzerland, Jake finds himself matching wits with a shadowy figure who seems to anticipate his every move. What at first seems like a thrilling puzzle waiting to be deciphered soon turns into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, where no one--not family, not friends, not lovers--is to be trusted.

Moving between twenty-first-century America and seventeenth-century England, The Book of Air and Shadows is a modern thriller that brilliantly re-creates William Shakespeare's life at the turn of the seventeenth century and combines an ingenious and intricately layered plot with a devastating portrait of a contemporary man on the brink of self-discovery . . . or self-destruction.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007
ISBN: 9780060874469
9780061233517
006123351X
9780060874476
0060874473
0060874465
Branch Call Number: GRU
Characteristics: 466 p

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NFN
Nov 21, 2017

A lightweight, sometimes entertaining, farce - okay for wasting time on a long flight. The plot gets increasingly silly as the story proceeds, so if you don't like the first hundred pages you may want to stop while you are ahead.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 10, 2017

This is a review of the first 56 pages only; that's because I only managed to slog my way through that many. Phooey on this book. Another author who is paid by the word, not the idea or story telling abilities. Way too many digressions (even the narrator admits to that), and the old manuscript in olde English was a trial as well.

Life's too short to spend on books like this.

Shakespeare buffs take note! This wonderfully written novel of intrigue and suspense is sure to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. The story revolves around characters both past and present that become, either by design or by circumstance, deeply involved in discovering the location of a lost Shakespeare manuscript. Russian gangsters, English spies, and high profile lawyers all come to life in this smart and articulate novel by a local northwest author.

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Sharontyler
Mar 14, 2011

What started out as an intriguing topic, disintegrated into a contrived ramble.

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AliRead
Dec 20, 2010

I'm confused. I think I need to read this one again.

I really enjoyed it...BUT...found the 3 different authors confusing and literally lost the plot at the end.

While I didn't want to put it down I fell asleep reading it 4 nights in a row..very unusual

so while I really enjoyed it, not sure I can recommend it!

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