The Semper Sonnet
Overview - In this stunning thrill ride, perfect for fans of Steve Berry, a poem holds the key to unlocking the past-- and to eliminating the future. Lee Nicholson takes the academic world by storm, seemingly unearthing a never-before published sonnet by William Shakespeare. Read more...
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In this stunning thrill ride, perfect for fans of Steve Berry, a poem holds the key to unlocking the past-- and to eliminating the future.
Lee Nicholson takes the academic world by storm, seemingly unearthing a never-before published sonnet by William Shakespeare. When she reads the poem on the air, her words are ignored by all but a small group of people. There are the English and literature buffs. There are the curious and those who seek out hoaxes.
And there are men who will kill to keep the sonnet from every being read again.
Buried in the language of the sonnet, in its allusions and wordplay, secrets have been hidden dating back to Elizabethan times, shared by the queen and her doctor, by men who seek the crown and men who seek the world. If the riddles are solved, it could explode what the world knows of the monarchy. Or, it could release a pandemic more deadly than the world has ever seen.
Lee's quest keeps her one step ahead of an international hunt--from the police who want her for murder, to a group of men who will stop at nothing to end her quest, to a mad man who pursues the answers for destructive reasons of his own. Globetrotting as she pieces together what Shakespeare meant, and what he meant to leave unsaid, Lee carries this intelligent thriller through to its gasp-out-loud conclusion.
"Imaginative plotting and depth of character distinguish this centuries-spanning thriller..."--Publishers Weekly
"This provocative and knuckle-biting thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as it careens through the hallowed halls of academia into the turbulent past. Hold tight to your farthingales: this is a roller-coaster ride of a book "--C.W. Gortner, international bestselling author of The Last Queen
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Imaginative plotting and depth of character distinguish this centuries-spanning thriller from Margolis (Disillusions), despite its broad similarities to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. During a weekend in Grantham, Mass., Lee Nicholson, a graduate student in English literature at Columbia, buys an old book of Elizabethan love poems. Inside the volume is a slip of paper on which is written what appears to be an unknown Shakespeare sonnet. The morning after she's interviewed on TV in Manhattan about this exciting discovery, she goes out for coffee. When she returns to her Upper West Side apartment, she finds the cameraman from the TV show, with whom she spent the night, shot to death in her bed. In addition, her things are disturbed, possibly by someone looking for a copy of the poem. After Lee becomes the cops' prime suspect in the cameraman's murder, she flees to England on the track of a clue hidden in one of the stanzas—in particular, to Henford Manor, which was visited by Elizabeth I in the 16th century. The story line takes some highly unexpected turns, and Margolis pulls off twists that could have been risible in the hands of a lesser writer. Agent: Jean V. Naggar, Jean V. Naggar Literary. (Apr.)