A Conspiracy of Paper

A Conspiracy of Paper

Large Print - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
An outsider in eighteenth-century London, Jewish pugilist and hired thug Benjamin Weaver prowls the city's mean streets in the service of England's gentry tracking down debtors and thieves.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2000.
ISBN: 9780786226658
Characteristics: 781 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Mar 19, 2016

A murder mystery set in 18th century London with a Jewish ex-boxer as its hero and the early days of the stock market as its theme. Writer David Liss wrote his dissertation on finance in the 18th century novel so he knows what he's talking about. The mystery plot may be conventional, but the setting and the theme is quite original. While not necessary, I think it will increase your enjoyment if you've read some 18th century novels by Fielding and Smollett. It is a little long, but, then again, so were most of those novels. A thriller of rare intelligence and depth. Followed by several sequels.

Jun 01, 2013

I love David Liss' books. They are set in historical time periods and I learn from his books.
David Liss focuses his intricate tale of murder, money, and conspiracy on Benjamin Weaver, exboxer, self-described "protector, guardian, bailiff, constable-for-hire, and thief-taker," and son of a Portuguese Jewish "stock-jobber."

Mar 16, 2013

Though set in the early 18th century, this well-written historical thriller will spur you to recognize all the characteristics of today's recent casino banking and financial bubble behavior. It's all happened before....also interesting look at the world of the "city" and the early stock exchange of London, as well as the treatment of jews in 18th century Britain--a topic I had no familiarity with before reading this hard-to-put-down thriller.

Dec 26, 2012

I liked the setting and character: Benjamin Weaver, a lapsed Jew and ex-boxer, weaves his way through both seamy and well-off society in 18th century London. The plot, too, was interesting at first: the early days of the stock market and an unsolved murder, possibly related to financial deception. However, the plot dragged after awhile, and it soon became clear that nothing would become clear. Still, I liked the atmosphere: a large cast of scheming, shady ruffians (both wealthy and poor), liberally spiced with violent brawls. Also, glimpses of life in the Jewish community, and depictions of the early stock market - an intricately constructed house of card based on promise and probability but undercut by deceit. In the end, though, I wasn't entirely certain what had happened with the murder plot, nor did I care much.

Jeremy410 Dec 21, 2011

Somewhat slow moving historical thriller of 18th. century London. But worth the effort as it picks up in the latter half. Period language may hinder some readers. Good insight into the difficulties faced by Jews in English society at that time. Main plot deals with a Jewish ex-boxer turned investigator who is trying to find out if his father's death was an accident or murder. The story takes place during the early years of the English stock market and involves a suspicion of forged investments documents.

lettercarrier Oct 14, 2011

paperback please

Feb 23, 2009

David Liss writes a solid and compelling historical mystery that contains a unique hero and fascinating historical detail. I highly recommend this for those who like a more literary read.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Former pugilist and Jew Benjamin Weaver investigates the death of his father, a notorious stockjobber. To find the answers Benjamin must delve into the world of the emerging stock market.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Winner of the 2001 Edgar award for best first mystery novel.


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