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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 23 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037576089X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375760891
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #181,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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SINCE THE PUBLICATION of the first volume of my memoirs, I have found myself the subject of more notoriety than I had ever known or might have anticipated. Read the first page
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For those of us who love a story with an historical setting, this is a wonderfully informative book. Set in the turbulence of 18th century England shortly after the burst of the South Sea Company bubble, Liss's flawed hero, Benjamin Weaver, gives us a glimpse into the political scene of the day. Weaver, having escaped the horrors of Newgate Prison after being sentenced to death for a murder he never committed, lands himself in one dangerous situation after another trying to vindicate his name and prove his innocence.

This is the second book Mr. Liss has written about the escapades of Weaver, a thieftaker in London under the reign of the Hanoverian King George I. The author brilliantly shows the sights and sounds of the seamy streets and tawdry taverns of the cities' east side where groups of ruffians roam the streets and death comes easily to the uninitiated. He also shows that prejudice against certain ethnic groups is nothing new in our century.

After all the twists and turns, I felt the ending was a little lame but perhaps the author left an opening for another sequel and I would certainly be interested in reading more about the roguish Mr. Weaver. Comment | Permalink
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This is another excellent work of historical fiction by David Liss. A very entertaining and engaging read. Benjamin Weaver is a mischevious character and wonderful narrator. This book features an interesting political angle, as it is set during a closely fought election between Tories and Whigs. As with "A Conspiracy of Paper", London's mansions and mean streets are both vividly portrayed. Liss's climaxes tend not to be terribly shocking, but they are credible and bring a satisfying end to an interesting plot. If you like historical fiction, you can't do much better than Liss.
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About 3 or 4 times a year I am able to find a novel that has me captivated and actually looking forward to retiring for the evening, when I may lay in my bed and sup Pellegrino whislt returning to the novel that has captured my attention.....
Okay, enough of that nonsense.... this book is really very good. I was a bit lazy while reading A Conspiracy of Paper so I don't remember all the details, but I'm able to pick back up 4 years later quite nicely. Benjamin Weaver is a good protagonist, and Liss spins a great and intelligent tale.
Liss as an author reminds me of Ken Follett. And I mean that as a sincere compliment. The "Pillars of the Earth" Ken Follett. The best of Ken Follett.
As far as Liss' three major novels go, I'd rank them thusly...
1. Coffee Trader - my favorite book of his
2. A Spectacle of Corruption - Ben Weaver is better this time round
3. A Conspiracy of Paper - Partly my fault but I just couldn't get into it as much as others.
Bottom line, this book is well worth your time, you'll really enjoy it!
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