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Michael Gruber - The Book of Air and Shadows
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"In this ingenious literary thriller from Gruber, the lives of two men are changed forever by William Shakespeare and the letters of Richard Bracegirdle, a 16th-century English spy and soldier. . . They 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."
Publishers Weekly (*starred review*)
"A wonderful story with absolutely superb casting."
Kirkus Reviews (*starred review*).
"Gruber deftly raises the thriller stakes and accelerates the plot while still creating convincing personal journeys. . . All that and a tantalizing imagining of Shakespeare's personality, too."
Booklist (*starred review*).
"Not since A.S. Byatt's Possession (1990) has an author so successfully combined literary puzzle, tempestuous duplicity, human adventure and good old-fashioned story-telling. Gruber's highly recommended novel about the search for that which would be 'the greatest single event in Shakespeare studies' – a quest full of chases, murders, mysteries and eccentric characters – is engaging, fast-moving and hilarious.
Don't miss it!"
Michael Gruber has a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and is currently at work on another novel.
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