January 1, 2004
January 1, 2004
Amsterdam, 1659: On the world’s first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city’s most envied merchants, Miguel has suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brother’s canal-flooded basement, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.
Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success—a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called “coffee.” To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and face a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.
This historical novel begins in 1659 in Amsterdam, where a Portuguese Jewish merchant named Miguel Lienzo has just lost all his money thanks to the fluctuating sugar markets. When he meets a beautiful woman who is willing to let him in on the brand new trade in coffee, he takes the chance gratefully--only to find his life plunged into chaos and chicanery. The author's previous novel, A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER, was a best seller. A New York Times Notable Book for 2003.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, General, Money + Finance, Mystery + Crime
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: David Liss
- Online Item #: 11338627
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6791
- ISBN: 9780375760907
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported