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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
The Book of Air and Shadows is narrated by Jake Mishkin, a womanizing intellectual property lawyer who is expecting danger from unknown sources. He has in his possession 17th-century letters that supposedly lead to the location of a missing Shakespeare play. Just the rumor of the play's existence has scholars, gangsters, thieves, and speculators in hot pursuit of the letters, although Mishkin doesn't even have all the letters. Mixed in throughout the novel are the letters themselves, giving a peek into the era when they were written. Michael Gruber's novel has received glowing reviews with USA Today saying, "Bookshelves across the country are cracking under the weight of thrillers that mix history, adventure, secret codes and intercontinental chases (thank you, Da Vinci Code). But few will surpass The Book of Air and Shadows when it comes to energetic writing, compellingly flawed characters, literary scholarship, mathematical conundrums and that oh-so-necessary dose of comic relief."