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The Coral Thief
 
 
Author
Rebecca Stott.
Publisher Spiegel & Grau  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780385531467
Pages/Publication Date 286/2009
Daedalus Item Code 10715
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Following her enthusiastically received first novel Ghostwalk, Darwin biographer and literature professor Rebecca Stott again visits a significant period in the history of science—19th-century Europe, following Napoleon's final defeat—to give us another intelligent page-turner, this time about a hopeful young anatomist who runs headlong into new and challenging ideas about evolution. Arriving in Paris from Edinburgh, Daniel Connor finds that the letters and priceless coral fossils that would have gained him entry into the Jardin des Plantes have been stolen by the beautiful woman who shared his coach—a philosopher-thief who soon leads him into a shadowy underworld of intrigue and outlaw science.

"In her first novel, Ghostwalk, which was set in 17th-century Cambridge and involved Sir Isaac Newton, Rebecca Stott established herself as a subtle writer who wears her scholarship lightly. (A professor of English literature at the University of East Anglia, Stott also wrote the biography Darwin and the Barnacle.) Thanks to Stott's deftness and sly humor, Ghostwalk was as sprightly as it was enlightening. The same can be said of her latest novel, The Coral Thief, although here the plot accelerates at a faster rate (this is the 19th century), and the skullduggery is more colorful (this is Paris).... With consummate skill and compassion, Stott plunges Daniel the innocent into a serpentine plot that involves spies, philosophers, revolutionaries and scientists. Treasure may be at the heart of Stott's mystery, but fossils and corals are equally precious in this hybrid novel of action and ideas. Like Daniel, the reader emerges from The Coral Thief having had an adventure and an education."—Washington Post

 
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