By Michael Gruber
A fireplace destroys a brand new York urban infrequent bookstore—and finds clues to a treasure worthy killing for. . . . A disgraced pupil is located tortured to demise. . . . and people pursuing the main useful literary locate in historical past are approximately to pass from the risk free mundane into inescapable nightmare. From the acclaimed, bestselling writer of Tropic of evening comes a wide ranging mystery that twists, shocks, and surprises at each flip because it crisscrosses centuries, from the obtrusive violence of this day into the darkish shadows of fact and lies surrounding the best author the area has ever identified.
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It was a big fireman in a smoke mask, who was apparently also not a book person, although he did let Crosetti come out with the three precious titles from the case. The young clerk was standing on the sidewalk outside the security line the cops had established, gasping, filthy, clutching these to his breast when Glaser and Rolly arrived. ” He meant the 1902 edition with extra watercolor illustrations by Kyd and Green. Sixty volumes. Crosetti said he was sorry. Glaser tried to push past a pair of cops, who stopped him, grabbed him, yelled angry words, which Glaser returned.
It’s not . . it’s nothing like stealing. He told me to break the books. As far as Glaser’s concerned, the set no longer exists. He’s made whole by the insurance company and I’m profiting from my own skill. ” “Um, no, actually it’s not the same thing at all, but that’s my Jesuit high school education talking. See, you are an interesting person. Devious is interesting. ” She shrugged. “Sidney never bothers with broken items. It depresses him. ” “Not answering the question. But I figure you’re going to sell the set for twenty-two K, give Sidney a couple of grand, let him collect from the insurance, meanwhile phonying up the accounting system with fake invoices.
He could see why she went so often to lunch with Glaser. Crosetti ran out and braved the mean streets of Red Hook, returning with a couple of bottles of Mondavi red and a large pizza. “You bought wine,” she said when he came in and placed the bag on the table. ” “Oh, yes. This is very nice of you. ” Again that little wolf’s smile; number two. Their employer made up the main subject of their table talk, as they otherwise had little in common. Crosetti’s interest in books as physical objects was as slender as hers in current films.
The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel by Michael Gruber