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The Book of Air and Shadows

by GRUBER MICHAEL

Harper Morrow Group | September 2, 2008 | Hardcover

The Book of Air and Shadows is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.28 × 6.31 × 1.44 in

Published: September 2, 2008

Publisher: Harper Morrow Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060874465

ISBN - 13: 9780060874469

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but slightly disappointing So I bought this book online after reading the reviews of it, and loving the mix of historic and modern fiction in books. I came to find when reading this book that I didn't care about any of the characters. The Bracegirdle letters were annoying to read and I was tempted to skip over them. I love reading and am an avid reader, usually finishing books in two-three days. I am sad to say that it took me over two weeks to finish this book because I kept finding reasons to put it down. However, towards the end of the book everything started to come together, and the story really picked up, there were the twists and turns that the revealing of the villains that really turned the book around for me. So even though it sounded like I hated the book, the ending was worth the buy for me. Michael Gruber is however, a talented writer, using sarcasm, irony and the changes of narration beautifully.
Date published: 2009-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Modern Literature! The Book of Air and Shadows was absolutely thrilling to read! Gruber takes you captive on the very first page providing you with a hint of the end of the book. Some 400 pages later, I found myself still eagerly turning the pages to reveal the end of the story! The balance between the story of Mishkin and Crosetti is masterful – it makes it very hard to find a spot to stop reading! The thread of the encrypted Bracegirdle letters runs a parallel story throughout the novel. While not difficult to read, it is substantive in language and rich in detail. I enjoyed the detail in this book and I wanted to savor each page and each twist and turn. The characters are complete and complex – even peripheral characters have enough detail that they are all real to the reader. I will be searching out every book by this author. Toss away the light, unmemorable novel and grab this worthy piece of modern literature!
Date published: 2007-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shove over, Dan Brown. A compelling tale of cyphers and hidden manuscripts, more literate than "The Da Vinci Code", wittier than Zafon's "Shadow of the Wind" and easily sexier than either. Thumbs up, Michael Gruber.
Date published: 2007-07-01

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The Book of Air and Shadows

by GRUBER MICHAEL

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.28 × 6.31 × 1.44 in

Published: September 2, 2008

Publisher: Harper Morrow Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060874465

ISBN - 13: 9780060874469

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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.

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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 friend
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"A fast-moving tale about the world of rare books. A wonderful story with absolutely superb casting." (Kirkus Reviews (starred))
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