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Starred Review. In this ingenious literary thriller from Gruber (The Witch's Boy), the lives of two men are changed forever by William Shakespeare and the letters of Richard Bracegirdle, a 16th-century English spy and soldier. Jake Mishkin, a Manhattan intellectual property attorney and a bit of a rake, goes on the run from Russian gangsters. Albert Crosetti, an aspiring filmmaker working for an antiquarian bookstore, finds that life is more exciting than movies—perhaps too exciting. Together, Mishkin and Crosetti travel to England in search of a previously unknown Shakespeare manuscript mentioned by Bracegirdle. Though the pace sometimes slows to allow Mishkin, Crosetti and Bracegirdle to divulge interesting aspects of their personal lives, these digressions only make the story more engaging. The suspense created around the double-crosses and triple-crosses works because of the close connection readers forge with Crosetti in particular. The mysterious murder of a Shakespearean scholar, shootouts in the streets of Queens and an unlikely romance all combine to make for a gripping, satisfying read. (Apr.)
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With literary-historical thrillers still piling up on bookstore shelves, Michael Gruber (Night of the Jaguar, ***1/2 July/Aug 2006) took a risk with The Book of Air and Shadows. While the novel will appeal to those who enjoyed The Da Vinci Code or The Rule of Four, critics agree that its lively dialogue, compellingly flawed characters, sense of humor, and intelligent exploration of religion and cryptology elevate it far above the genre's standard fare. Readers expecting car chases, kidnappings, globe trotting, sex, and murder won't be disappointed, either. A few reviewers stumbled a bit over the excerpts of the Jacobean-style letters, but all agreed that the novel "hits the ground running ? until disparate plot threads are brought together in a heart-stopping climax" (Denver Post).
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When I read it a few years ago I gave it three stars after this reread I would give it four. It's a complicated book with three stories within the story and the old English letters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by joyful27
I loved the Forgery of Venus and had the highest of hopes for this book. True to Gruber's high-paced, twisted, suspenseful style - creative and fascinating as always. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jjcc
It is a book of twists and turns so buckle your seat belt to read this one. Gruber writes in such a style that the reader is never sure of the good guy or who is the bad guy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by tarheelbookie
Very creative and imaginative. The first half is terrific. The second half seemed to lose its momentum.Published 13 months ago by Henry W. Leeds
O delicious, magical, wonderful book! This is a terrific mystery built around a never-known-before Shakespeare play. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carolyn G. Simon
An author dressed like a Frangelico bottle (complete with skull cap and cowl robe) on a thriller's back cover doesn't instill confidence. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laurence R. Bachmann
This book centers around a possible unpublished Shakespeare play and the people who become involved in discovering if the play is indeed real. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jennifer L. Bouchard