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.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber is the author of five acclaimed novels. He lives in Seattle.From AudioFile:
Stephen Hoye takes a calculated, possibly fatal, risk in his approach to narrating this thriller about a lost Shakespeare manuscript. His portrayal of the protagonist, Jake Mishkin, a self-loathing intellectual property lawyer, is arid to the point putting off the listener. Its a reasonable choice for a character we are not meant to like but does not create a person one looks forward to spending hour after hour with. It doesnt help that Hoye affects an annoying, sometimes disappearing, Queens accent for the other major character, a young would-be screenwriter who is drawn into the dangerous search for the missing manuscript. Happily, Gruber himself comes to the rescue, with colorful characters and clever, intricate plotting. M.O. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060874465 Ask about discounted shipping available when multiple items are purchased at the same time. FAST, RELIABLE, GUARANTEED and happily SHIPPED WITHIN 1 BUSINESS DAY!. Bookseller Inventory # BX16-3408
Book Description William Morrow. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0060874465 In NEW, unread book in excellent condition. No nicks or tears on dust jacket that has clean, straight edges. MoNeY Back Guarantee!. Bookseller Inventory # K-5-222
Book Description William Morrow, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Hidden in the binding of a charred and ruined book is a cache of letters. They are encrypted and the key to unlocking the mysterious code has been lost for 400 years. If the letters are read, they will lead to one of the most valuable items in the history of the world. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060874465
Book Description William Morrow, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1996-Book Club Edition. Book & dustjacket are in excellent condition. Hardback. SKU-7201996 2007-04-01. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-7201996
Book Description New York, New York, U.S.A.: William Morrow & Company, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Hardback, 3rd printing, an unread (new) book in a near fine to fine, mylar protected DJ; Jacket has a some laminate loss to front panel from removal of a price sticker. 8vo., 466 pages. 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 18702
Book Description William Morrow, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060874465
Book Description William Morrow, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060874465
Book Description Morrow, NY, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. This is a New and unread copy of the first edition (1st priting). Bookseller Inventory # 021384
Book Description William Morrow & Co, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2007. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st pr/1st ed, SIGNED by the author on the title page. Book is square, solid, and unread, with a sharp and lustrous DJ in a protective mylar Brodart cover -- you'll feel able to catch bullets in your teeth and leap tall buildings in a single bound when you receive this book!. Bookseller Inventory # 018603
Book Description William Morrow, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060874465