Excellent for both mystery and historical fiction fans, this novel takes place in Amsterdam in the 1600s at the dawn of commodity trading. Miguel Lienzo, a Portuguese Jew who fled the inquisitions, is a disgraced trader and a widower to boot, and risks his livelihood in an alliance with a mysterious Dutch woman over the future of a new product - coffee. David Liss writes a remarkable tale, giving absorbing historical details of Jews living in Renaissance-era Europe, as not only does Miguel have to navigate the trading floor, but dodge enemies within his own close-knit community in exile. Now commodities trading might not seem like an exciting read, but it's very much like gambling, and LIss is an expert at explaining the process and bringing the reader along with the rush as markets rise and fall and traders jump on (or off) the bandwagon. Also try Liss' other historical novels including A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER or AN INSTANCE AT THE FINGERPOST by Iain Pears.

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