BookBrowse Reviews The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

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The Book of Air and Shadows

A Novel

by Michael Gruber

The Book of Air and Shadows
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2007, 480 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2008, 496 pages

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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 Book of Air and Shadows is a veritable joy. A literary thriller (quite literally) which is smart enough to get the mental cogs whirring, with a depth of characterization rare in a thriller but with an action quotient more than high enough to keep one up late into the night.

Much of the tale is narrated by intellectual property lawyer Jake Mishkin, who we meet in the opening pages as he waits alone at a friend's property, well off the beaten track, for the bad guys to catch up with him. Considering that this is a book about books and our rambling narrator is a lawyer specializing in a somewhat dry and usually far from dangerous field, it is a happy moment for the reader to discover that Jake is a weight-lifter good enough to have competed in the Olympics, and that his father is a well-connected mob ...

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