By David Liss
Benjamin Weaver is an interloper in eighteenth-century London: a Jew between Christians; a ruffian between aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, employed by means of London's gentry, travels throughout the legal underworld in pursuit of borrowers and thieves.
In A Conspiracy of Paper, Weaver investigates a criminal offense of the main own kind: the mysterious dying of his estranged father, a infamous stockjobber. to discover the solutions, Weaver needs to take care of a determined prostitute who is familiar with an excessive amount of approximately his previous, family members who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish religion, and a cabal of strong males on the earth of British finance who've hidden their enterprise dealings at the back of an difficult net of deception and violence. hoping on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a wierd new financial order in line with inventory speculation--a lifestyle that poses nice danger for traders yet actual chance for Weaver and his family.
In the culture of The Alienist and written with scholarly realization to interval aspect, A Conspiracy of Paper is among the wittiest and so much suspenseful ancient novels in contemporary reminiscence, in addition to a perceptive and beguiling depiction of the starting place of today's monetary markets. In Benjamin Weaver, writer David Liss has created an irresistibly beautiful protagonist, one that parlays his wisdom of the rising inventory industry right into a new type of detective work.
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It is a shame that I did not anticipate the pugilists of today who, like the famous Jack Broughton, in their retirement open fighting academies to train the young bucks that would take their place. Broughton has indeed been ingenious enough to construct a piece of apparel he calls mufflers—a kind of voluptuous padding for the fist. I have seen these things, and I suspect to be hit by a man wearing these gloves is quite like not being hit at all. I was much less clever than Broughton, and had no ideas of such ambitions, but I did have a few ill-gotten pounds in my pocket, and I besought a partner with whom to open an alehouse or some business of that nature.
But I don’t need a surgeon. Not that kind of trouble. Not this time. You see, I had an amorous encounter last night with a whore not content to be a simple whore, not content to earn an honest living for an honest tumble. ” Sir Owen cut short his narrative to bow deeply to an excessively painted lady who displayed an elaborate dress of greens and yellows and wore her hair piled high, after the Hanoverian style. She took some small notice of the baronet, and continued on her way. Sir Owen then proceeded to explain to me that he had been lured into taking a walk with the whore after, as it happens, he had been weakened with spirits, which he had been encouraged to drink far beyond even his considerable measure.
CONTENTS CHAPTER ONE CHAPTER TWO CHAPTER THREE CHAPTER FOUR CHAPTER FIVE CHAPTER SIX CHAPTER SEVEN CHAPTER EIGHT CHAPTER NINE CHAPTER TEN CHAPTER ELEVEN CHAPTER TWELVE CHAPTER THIRTEEN CHAPTER FOURTEEN CHAPTER FIFTEEN CHAPTER SIXTEEN CHAPTER SEVENTEEN CHAPTER EIGHTEEN CHAPTER NINETEEN CHAPTER TWENTY CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE CHAPTER THIRTY CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX HISTORICAL NOTE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR ONE FOR SOME YEARS NOW, the gentlemen of the book trade have pressed me in the most urgent fashion to commit my memoirs to paper; for, these men have argued, there are many who would gladly pay a few shillings to learn of the true and surprising adventures of my life.
A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel by David Liss