Upon his arrival in Paris, where he has come to study anatomy, Daniel Connor, a young medical student from Edinburgh, finds that his letters of introduction and precious coral specimens have been stolen by the beautiful woman with whom he shared a stagecoach. But when he begins searching for his lost items - and the alluring woman who stole them - Daniel is thrust into a tumultuous, underground world of philosopher thieves obsessed with the emerging theories of evolution. As he is pulled into their plot to steal a precious jewel from the Jardin des Plantes, and as he falls in love with the mysterious coral thief, Daniel is introduced to a radical theory of evolution that irrevocably changes his conception of the world in which he lives.
As riveting and beautifully rendered as Ghostwalk, The Coral Thief is a provocative and tantalizing mix of history, love, and philosophy.
©2009 Rebecca Stott; (P)2009 Tantor
"A powerful offering from an immensely talented writer...Vividly atmospheric, propulsive, and intricately plotted, this is a surefire page turner with literary heft and wide appeal." (Publishers Weekly)
"Stott again skillfully combines an intriguing love story, complex scientific concepts, and a beautifully realized historical setting...Riveting on all fronts, from its suspenseful plot to its elegant presentation of evolutionary theory." (Booklist)
"Stott once again juxtaposes science with a tale of love, mystery and intrigue, setting this volatile mix against a backdrop of critical events in post-Revolutionary France....Skillfully embeds early 19th-century culture, history, and attitudes into a story that flows like the Seine and floods the senses." (Kirkus Reviews)
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