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The coral thief [sound recording] : [a novel]
Stott, Rebecca
Adult Fiction STOTT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

At once an engrossing historical, a love story about an unlikely passion and a novel of ideas that lucidly presents philosophical speculation about natural science, Stott's second novel (after Ghostwalk) is a powerful offering from an immensely talented writer. Narrated by young Englishman Daniel Connor, fresh out of medical school and traveling to a coveted research position in post-Napoleonic Paris in 1815, the novel begins with his realization that his scientific credentials, including a priceless coral specimen, have been stolen by the beautiful woman who sat next to him in the coach. She turns out to be Lucienne Bernard, a notorious thief being pursued by the chief of the Bureau de la Surete, Henri Jagot (based on a real figure and bound to make readers think of Javert). A cat and mouse game ensues, as Jagot tries to enlist Connor to trap Lucienne, but Connor falls deeply in love with the philosopher-thief and eventually makes a decision that might cost him his career, his freedom and his spiritual beliefs. Vividly atmospheric, propulsive and intricately plotted, this is a surefire page turner with literary heft and wide appeal. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In 1815 on his way to Paris, young medical student Daniel Conner is robbed of his letters of introduction and his rare coral samples by a mysterious woman. Thus begins his frantic search for his belongings and the thief in postrevolutionary Paris. To restore his name and appointment at the famous Jardin des Plantes botanical garden and museum, Daniel is drawn into an underground of thieves, philosophers, students, artists, and thugs. When he finally tracks down Lucienne, the beautiful coral thief, Daniel becomes intoxicated with her mystery and her vast knowledge of the natural world. As he learns about Lucienne's dark secrets, Daniel is slowly pulled into a daring heist to steal a precious diamond hidden in the museum where he works. Verdict Like Catherine Delors's Mistress of the Revolution, this strong historical novel by the author of Ghostwalk contrasts the era's passion for science, philosophy, and history with its desire for love, devotion, and beauty. The prose is elegant and well paced, and the plot is filled with exciting twists and turns. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/09.]-Ron Samul, New London, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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