Every Sunday I feature a title from an often overlooked genre: Suspense!These are books I’ve read and highly recommend to anyone that loves agood mystery or crime story, sometimes with a little humor thrown in!
In the tradition of The Alienist, this remarkable debut novel by David Liss is a beguiling depiction of the origins of today’s financial markets. A Conspiracy of Paper is the story of Benjamin Weaver, an outsider in 18th-century London: a Jew among Christians, a ruffian among aristocrats, a retired pugilist now tracking down debtors and thieves. While investigating the mysterious death of his estranged father, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation.
A Conspiracy of Paper is terrific, seriously terrific. It’s one of the books that got me hooked on historical mystery. I realize the words “stock speculation” probably doesn’t get most folks all excited, but David Liss makes it fascinating, and Benjamin Weaver is a hero to root for! This series is superb!