Books by David Liss

David Liss is the author of three novels: A Conspiracy of Paper, winner of the 2001 Edgar award for Best First Novel; The Coffee Trader, selected by the New York Public Library as one of 2003’s 25 Books to Remember; and A Spectacle of Corruption, a nation


RENEGADES  by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Every plot contrivance is a reason to put the book down, but there are just as many reasons to keep reading late into the night. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
The Randoms series rides plot contrivances along to its conclusion. Read full book review >
REBELS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Grade-A geeky fun. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
After a brief stay on Earth after Randoms (2015), Zeke struggles with a new space mission and the possibility of the Phandic Empire striking back. Read full book review >
RANDOMS by David Liss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Real geeks wouldn't have it any other way. (Science fiction. 10-16)"
Part of Spider-Man's appeal is that he's a geek; people love him because he gets picked on as much as any nerdy teenager. Zeke Reynolds follows in the same tradition. Read full book review >
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Historical fiction buffs will enjoy an action-packed adventure in an unusual setting."
Liss (The Twelfth Enchantment, 2011, etc.) delves into a bitter corner of history to chronicle the tale of a young man trapped in the Portuguese Inquisition. Read full book review >
THE TWELFTH ENCHANTMENT by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"This odd mixture of industrial history and the occult world lacks charm and coherency, but it earns points for ambition and characterization."
In this change of literary direction, Liss mixes his considerable knowledge of 19th-century England and its industrialization period with a touch of literal magic. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S COMPANY by David Liss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Witty and stimulating, albeit demanding, entertainment. "
The Edgar Award winner's serial protagonist Benjamin Weaver (The Whiskey Rebels, 2008, etc.) grapples with financial chicanery and diversified villains in 18th-century London. Read full book review >
THE WHISKEY REBELS by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2008

"Uneven, sometimes risibly overstuffed narrative that's nevertheless compulsively readable."
Edgar-winning Liss (The Ethical Assassin, 2006, etc.) channels early American history in a thickly plotted tale of conflicts between revolutionary idealism and fiscal skullduggery. Read full book review >
THE ETHICAL ASSASSIN by David Liss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"Imagine David Lynch's bizarre masterpiece Blue Velvet scripted by Edna Buchanan and Carl Hiaasen. It's a blast."
The brainy young author of three critically praised historical mysteries (including the Edgar-winning A Conspiracy of Paper, 2000) moves on to a murderously funny thriller set in contemporary Florida. Read full book review >
A SPECTACLE OF CORRUPTION by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2004

"Furthermore, it all ends with yet another twist that seems to promise we'll hear more from—and of—the indefatigable Benjamin Weaver. Let's hope so."
With eloquent wit, Liss manipulates the concepts of misdirection and probability theory in his serpentine third novel (after The Coffee Trader, 2003). Read full book review >
THE COFFEE TRADER by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2003

"A vigorous display of the author's mastery of his material, though it lacks the novelty and strong narrative drive of its terrific predecessor."
Second-novelist Liss moves from 18th-century London to the mercantile culture of mid-17th-century Amsterdam. Read full book review >
A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER by David Liss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

A well-researched and highly entertaining historical mystery debut that compares favorably with An Instance of the Fingerpost, Iain Pears's recent runaway success. Liss's fiendishly intricate tale of financial skullduggery and multiple murder, set in a solidly realized early 18th-century London, has as its redoubtable protagonist and narrator one Benjamin Weaver—a Jew of Portugese derivation who has forsaken his notoriety as a celebrated prizefighter ("The Lion of Judah") and criminal to become an independent "protector, guardian, bailiff, constable-for-hire, and thief-taker." When a haughty client engages Weaver to find his father's murderer, but is seen to have withheld vital information, Ben finds himself rapidly involved in a multitude of confusingly related intrigues triggered by his search for a nobleman's missing wallet; a reunion with the family of Ben's uncle Miguel, a wealthy importer, which raises Ben's suspicions about his own father's "accidental" death; furtive meetings and narrow escapes aplenty. Liss's clever plot expands to embrace the underworld ruled by legendary criminal impresario Jonathan Wild and the machinations of "stock-jobbing" as they relate to the (since infamous) South Sea investment company (suspected of masterminding a scheme whereby "money in England is being replaced with the promise of money") and the complex secret life led by Ben's widowed cousin, the beautiful—and perhaps dangerous—Miriam Lienzo. Liss convincingly portrays his estimable hero as fearless man of action, resentful ethnic alien in a society that openly despises Jews, and even self-made cultivator of "the social graces." And Weaver's several investigations are conveyed in vivid extended scenes characterized by crisp dialogue and a keen sense of the ways in which character reveals itself through both open confrontation and subtle implication. The very model of a modern historical mystery. Weaver's closing remarks inform us that "my many exploits are too varied to recount in this volume.— Liss's readers will hope that implied promise is soon kept. (First printing of 150,000) Read full book review >