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The Geographer's Library

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Jon Fasman

The literary history suspense novel has long been a genre appreciated by a small subset of general readers. It is currently enjoying a new vogue and a wider readership with the publication of such novels asThe Da Vinci Code,The Rule of Four, andCodex. … see full wiki

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Author: Jon Fasman
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
2 reviews about The Geographer's Library
review by . September 09, 2008
Ambitious and well-done histo-mystery (building into a hot sub-genre, along with The Da Vinci Code and The Egyptologist: A Novel reviewed here) about the tools of alchemy. The author's note at the end doesn't suggest how much of the alchemy thread in the story is based on history or even pseudo-history, which is just as well as it leaves the reader following the story, not that history.    And the story is framed like a straightforward mystery with interspersed descriptions of …
review by . April 24, 2005
Alan Furst, who is remarkably skilled at developing dark characters and plots says "The Geographer's Library is a real reader's book." Mr. Furst is correct, though this novel may ultimately disappoint some.     The story begins simply. Paul Tomm, 23, works for a small-town newspaper. A local resident, essentially unknown in the town, dies and Paul is assigned to write the obituary of Professor Jaan Puhapaev. Very quickly, Paul learns the obscure decedent is indeed a man of mystery. …
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