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The Intelligencer (English Edition) di [Silbert, Leslie]
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"Fascinating...if you liked The Da Vinci Code, you'll love The Intelligencer."
-- David Morrell

"Delightfully literate...a crackling good page-turner."
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Cool and glamorous and witty...keeps us guessing all the way."
-- Los Angeles Times

"Mystery buffs will devour this one...intriguing historical research...Silbert's I.Q. shines."
-- People

"Terrific...Shakespeare in Love meets James Bond."
-- Lee Child


On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service.
In sixteenth-century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find his missing muse, as well as the culprits behind a high-stakes smuggling scheme.
In present-day New York, grad student turned private eye Kate Morgan is called in on an urgent matter. One of her firm's top clients, a London-based financier, has chanced upon a mysterious manuscript that had been buried for centuries -- one that someone, somewhere is desperate to steal. What secret lurks in those yellowed, ciphered pages? And how, so many years later, could it drive someone to kill?
As Kate sets off for England, she receives a second assignment. An enigmatic art dealer has made an eleven-million-dollar purchase from an Iranian intelligence officer. Is it a black-market antiquities deal, or something far more sinister? Like Marlowe, Kate moonlights as a spy -- her P.I. firm doubles as an off-the-books U.S. intelligence unit -- and she is soon caught like a pawn in a deadly international game. As The Intelligencer's interlocking narratives race toward a stunning collision, and Kate closes in on the truth behind Marlowe's sudden death, it becomes clear that she may have sealed a similar fate for herself.
Propelling us from the shadows of the sixteenth-century underworld to the glitter of Queen Elizabeth's court, from the dark corridors of a clandestine American op-center to the cliffs of Capri, The Intelligencer is at once a murder mystery, a tale of poetic inspiration, and a richly detailed foray into parallel worlds of espionage and political intrigue separated by centuries.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 364
  • Editore: Atria Books; Revised ed. edizione (24 febbraio 2004)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B000Q9ISFY
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Intelligencer is a Delightful Book, Can't Wait for the Next One! 2 aprile 2014
Di Neil Gussman - Pubblicato su
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Christopher Marlowe, the playwright and spy for Her Majesty, was betrayed and murdered on May 30, 1597. The story of Marlowe’s last month is told in parallel with a present-day tale of theft of Marlowe’s spy reports that leads to murder, betrayal, theft and deception in the delightful book The Intelligencer.

This fast-moving thriller is the first novel by a woman whose background includes Renaissance scholar, private investigator and Harvard graduate. I enjoyed the novel from the first page. Silbert weaves the two stories together well, both in the way she moves from the present to the past and back and in bring the two tales together in the conclusion.
While I enjoyed the whole book, the most memorable and vivid parts of the novel for me were the parts in Elizabethan England. Silbert made me see and feel the vivid emotions of a world where death is always close at hand, and stench overwhelmed the senses.

The modern scenes were intriguing, but less vivid. One exception was the robbery gone wrong that is a bright thread that leads from the beginning to the end of the book. While the robbery is set in the modern day, the robber is a baron gone bad with sensibilities that at least go back to Victoria if not all the way to Elizabeth.

When I met the author on a train from Washington last month, she had three mystery novels she had just bought in Union Station. She said she was doing competitive research. I hope she writes another novel set partially or completely in Renaissance Europe. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a thriller, but particularly to readers who want a tale well told from a world lit by fire.
3.0 su 5 stelle Needed a better editor 29 aprile 2013
Di MEG 1950 - Pubblicato su
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I read this book for my book group and was disappointed. I expected more historical fact, better character development (the serial killer's motivations are vague, and he seems to lose his lust for blood just in time for one of the main characters to survive), fewer extraneous elements (some characters are introduced and are active for parts of the book, but then they just disappear). I would have expected that the editor would have tightened up the whole thing and made it more effective. It wasn't especially terrifying.

My book group felt about the same. I was one of the few that finished it.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Good characters, disappointing storyline 17 giugno 2004
Di Debra Hamel - Pubblicato su
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Leslie Silbert's erudite thriller follows the investigations of two intelligence operatives working parallel cases some 400 years apart. Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, in the last month before his fatal stabbing (in May of 1593), uncovers a smuggling operation and ruffles some highly placed feathers. And in our own century, private investigator/secret agent/quondam Renaissance scholar Kate Morgan is juggling two cases, one the attempted theft of a 400-year-old packet of intelligence documents from the safe of playboy Cidro Medina, and the other an 11-million-dollar payoff by art dealer Luca de Tolomei to an Iranian intelligence officer.

Of the two interlaced stories, Kate Morgan's is the more engrossing. It is not so thrilling as to keep anyone up past bedtime, and the storyline which does prompt some concern for Kate's safety peters out disappointingly in the end. The flow of the primary tale, meanwhile, is disrupted by Marlowe's story, which punctuates Kate's in roughly alternating chapters. But The Intelligencer is worth the read because it is clever and because its principal character--Kate, not Marlowe--is so well-delineated and likeable. The secondary players in Kate's universe are intriguing as well: her secret agent boss with a classics degree from Princeton, her father the senator, her dead fiance. We can look forward to learning more about them in subsequent books, as Kate is evidently intended to anchor a new series: according to the jacket blurb, the author is currently at work on a second Kate Morgan novel.

Reviewed by Debra Hamel, author of Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece
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3.0 su 5 stelle Less makes more 6 agosto 2008
Di Queen's Jester - Pubblicato su
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It's understandable why there are such varied responses to Silbert's work. As a mystery, it is very good. The prose is very good.

However -- and it is a big however -- the dialogue is often weak and sometimes quite irritating. The author is rather pretentious when talking about Kate and that actaully makes Kate a rather flat character.

Knowing less about Kate's accomplishments would make her more human and therefore less annoying. As it is, 50 pages into the book and the author's got her almost able to walk on water.
2.0 su 5 stelle Pulp fiction and not that great. 23 agosto 2015
Di C. Krause - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Read if for a college class. Pulp fiction, gave it two stars because the author's writing style was good, but the story wasn't worth the time.
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