The Coral Thief

The Coral Thief

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Arriving in Paris in the aftermath of Waterloo, medical student Daniel Connor discovers that research materials he carried have been stolen and sets out to recover them, an effort that brings him into the underworld of philosopher thieves obsessed with emerging theories of evolution.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385531467
038553146X
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 25 cm

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Aug 28, 2012

A bit bland. Lots of telling, not showing.

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ryner
Jan 10, 2010

In 1815 young Daniel Connor, a medical student, has just arrived in Paris to further his studies when he finds he has been robbed by a fellow stagecoach passenger -- a mysterious woman surprisingly well-versed in natural history. Now lacking the documents and specimens needed to secure his post, Daniel must solve the mystery of the woman and why she would want a book manuscript and bits of coral.

I found this story to be enjoyable but not exactly riveting. I'm a fan of natural history myself, so it was refreshing to read about it, not merely as part of a work of fiction, but with an enlightened and sympathetic viewpoint. I haven't yet decided whether to pursue Stott's first novel, Ghostwalk.

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