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The Coffee Trader
by David Liss


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375760907
  • ISBN-10: 0375760903
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: January 2004
  • Page Count: 432

Series: Ballantine Reader's Circle

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
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The Coffee Trader

Liss' latest historical mystery is set in Amsterdam in 1659. Miguel Lienzo, a member of the city's Portuguese Jewish population, makes his living as a commodities trader. But when he loses his fortune in the blink of an eye, Miguel must join forces with a mysterious Dutchwoman to recoup his losses and clear his name. The plan: to manipulate the trading of a remarkable new product called coffee. Further troubles await Miguel, however, as a formidable enemy counters his every move in an effort to destroy him. Liss' thorough knowledge of history and finance lend this novel of deception a wonderful authenticity. Fact-filled, suspenseful and beautifully written, the book is a seductive page-turner that offers a detailed portrait of life in the 17th century. A reading group guide and author interview are included in the book.

 
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