Benjamin Weaver, ex-boxer turned detective in 18th century London, is investigating his father's murder. But as I got into the later chapters, I became more interested. The Coffee Trader is set in 17th century Amsterdam. Some violence. One can’t help but see the piquant parallels in our present day transition from paper currency to the abstraction of electronic transactions. He becomes determined to get to the bottom of this mysterious death in spite of a convoluted conspiracy that tests his competence as a detective. The novel explores the Company’s “conspiracy of paper” … I wouldn't read it again. However much he might disdain Weaver for being a common Jew, Balfour believes his and Weaver's father were both in the same business, dabbling in high finance -- and that their deaths, far from being accidental, were murders. it was an accessible period piece, if that makes sense. I'm on a kick here with people who write really amazing books while doing other really amazing things. In all honesty I will probably forget in a few months that I even read this book at all. Some violence. This was supposed to be a suspense book filled with mystery and murder but I was not at all invested in the characters or the story. Now he uses his intelligence and strength to different ends, serving as a quasi-detective and bill collector, sorting through mysteries, hunting down thieves, and flushing out debtors. I'm undecided as to whether I'll read the second book featuring Benjamin Weaver, but may because I've got his interest in mind now. A Conspiracy of Paper is set in 1719, when the population of London was approximately 600,000. Liss builds a believable world, detailed and socially complex. 2000. I just live here. I wanted to like this book but just couldn't get there. It was just okay for me. This gives the author the opportunity to introduce the Lienzo family, and their struggles to survive and prosper as Jews and foreigners in 18th century London. Though the Lienzo family and other main characters are fictional, the story is well-researched, and includes historical events surrounding the South Sea Bubble. 2001 Liss builds a believable world, detailed and socially complex. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. He lives estranged from his society and family, until he is asked to investigate the death of a client's father,… murders. I give it 2.5 stars. It took me quite a long time to read this book, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Excellent historical fiction - the writer has extensive knowledge, but does not forget the plot or character development, and does not drown you in unnecessary details. The story is told in the first person by a really likeable protagonist. Ben Weaver is a fascinating protagonist that is a mix of actions from honest morals and a display of flying meat hooks. Given the potential dryness of the subject matter (the birth of the stock exchange as we know it and the first crash - the so-called South Sea Bubble) it is extraordinarily enjoyable. I give it 2.5 stars. london, late 18th century. Benjamin Weaver is a man with a curious trade. In order to solve the mystery, he must learn the inner workings of this new world of paper money. but it was GOOD. David Liss is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and A Conspiracy of Paper, his first novel, did not disappoint. Welcome back. So it's about a boxer turned thief turned thief taker who is trying to uncover the mystery behind his father's not so accidental death. it's all good. First, one of the reasons I read and like historical fiction is to learn about life I other eras. As Benjamin delves deeper, he fears for his own life. Full of exciting intrigue and adventure, Liss also paints what I think it is a pretty historically accurate picture of London in…well, whenever this book is set (Liss seems to be fairly respected as a historian, or at least as a writer of historical fiction). It has some scenes I would've cut out were I its editor, and some repetitive moments, and could've been tighter, but it is quite unputdownable and very enjoyable, and I've learned a lot about an economic crisis I had no previous knowledge about. It took me quite a long time to read this book, but I'm glad I stuck with it. This is the book that introduced me to Benjamin Weaver, who stars in all my favorite books by David Liss. I think I loved everything about this book - the time period, the main character, the history, the scandal, the mystery. The denouement is so convoluted that it's almost an anticlimax due to all of the explaining needed. The protagonist is one of my favorites of all time I think. liss would have lost readers if he tried. but at the same time, he didn't use completely today's lingo. The book itself, I feel was well-written, but this was such a disappointment as a mystery. i mean, he used a more formal language than we would use. David Liss is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and A Conspiracy of Paper, his first novel, did not disappoint. I found myself putting the book down for long periods of time and not having an urge to pick it up and find out who did it. In this novel, which is the first in the series, he is looking into the alleged murders of his father and his father's partner. A bit mystery financial thriller and a bit historical fiction that starts a little slow but once the plot is set up, really moves with twists and turns galore. Some violence. The story is told in the first person by a really likeable protagonist (Benjamin Weaver), who is something of a sleuth, very clever, but not above using his fists when the situation calls for it, which is often. All rights reserved. A Conspiracy of Paper is a historical-mystery novel by David Liss, set in London in the period leading up to the bursting of the South Sea Bubble in 1720. Start by marking “A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Ben Weaver is a fascinating protagonist that is a mix of actions from honest morals and a display of flying meat hooks. To see what your friends thought of this book. The story is set in 18th century London and told by Benjamin Weaver, a Jew who has also been a professional fighter and is now a thief-taker. He’s a man of action and just deals with things as they come, not spending too much time agonizing over the evil deeds of others…or of his own. This is the book that introduced me to Benjamin Weaver, who stars in all my favorite books by David Liss. I am no historian, but the 18th Century London that Liss sketches, feels genuinely filthy and corrupt - as well as racist and sexist. conspiracy. To read about the history of the exchange was interesting too. I was glad to learn of it here. In England in the early 1700's Benjamin Weaver is a retired Boxer, whose new profession is to retrieve stolen goods for people. A Conspiracy of Paper is a historical-mystery novel by David Liss, set in London in the period leading up to the bursting of the South Sea Bubble in 1720. Set in eighteenth-century London, the novel follows Jewish thief-taker Benjamin Weaver as he investigates the fraudulence of the South Sea Company, whose forged stock certificates lead to the world’s first stock-market crash, the “South Sea Bubble” of 1720. , https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=A_Conspiracy_of_Paper&oldid=964114263, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 23 June 2020, at 17:41. Refresh and try again. This was supposed to be a suspense book filled with mystery and murder but I was not at all invested in the characters or the story. In one word, disappointing. I have four novels published: A Conspiracy of Paper (which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and A Spectacle of Corruption were both national bestsellers. It was just okay for me. Believing that his estranged father died in a tragic accident, Weaver is shocked when a prospective client claims that the 'accident' was, in fact, murder. On the upside, I did like the protagonist Ben Weaver and his best friend Elias Gordon. I wasn't able to concentrate well when I first began it; so I just read a chapter or so at a time. Now Balfour, a jumped-up merchantman with delusions of nobility, is dem. (Show full summary) which leads him to his own father's death. After a successful career in bare-knuckle boxing, Weaver has found a new calling as a 'thief-taker'—roughly equivalent to a modern private investigator. This is a wonderful, underrated book and everyone should read it. My thoughts at finishing the book were that there are similarities between the turmoil in the financial circumstances to those in the U.S. today. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his father’s footsteps - and they just might lead him to his own grave. This wonderful book gives an incredible insight to the social and business consequences of early tr. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family - until he is asked to investigate his father’s sudden death. I love finance and economics and put together with a mystery?!? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was a very captivating read which leaves you guessing until the end, but also teaches you a little something about the basics of stock exchange finance and what actually happened in history with South Sea and how their bubble burst. The Centre for Equitable Library Access, CELA, is an accessible library service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities. a conspiracy of paper by David Liss ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 8, 2000 A well-researched and highly entertaining historical mystery debut that compares favorably with An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears’s recent runaway success. Eventually, Weaver uncovers a violent cabal of financiers whose actions lead to a stock market crash. What I learned about the beginnings of the stock market and paper money was interesting, though. My most recent novel, The Ethical Assassin , is a contemporary animal rights thriller about door-to-door encyclopedia salesmen. This begins to change however, after he discovers that his estranged father was murdered. I found myself putting the book down for long periods of time and not having an urge to pick it up and find out who did it. Liss was studying 18th century finance, particularly the South Sea Bubble, in graduate school and he uses this novel to explore what it was like to live in a world where stock-trading, bonds and lotteries were new and the uncertainty and speculation they encouraged.
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