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More Great Books from Michael Gruber

Book Cover Image: Title: The Night of the Jaguar, Author: Michael Gruber Buy It Night of the Jaguar
Michael Gruber
As a Miami Homicide Detective, Jimmy Paz saw terrible things that defied rationality. Now retired, he's put the darkness behind him. But suddenly he, his wife, and their daughter are being haunted by horrific dreams - terrifying visions of a giant jungle cat. And when affluent Miami businessmen begin dying gruesomely in their fortress-like homes - with the footprints of a massive animal found at the crime scenes - the baffled police must turn to Paz, who has experience with the impossible. Paz cannot refuse, for he's tied to this case by a shocking secret from his past. And what he loves most may be the next thing devoured in this nightmare of carnage and sacrifice.

Book Cover Image: Title: Witch's Boy, Author: Michael Gruber Buy It Witch's Boy
Michael Gruber
They call him Lump. Ugly, misshapen - more goblin than human child - abandoned as an infant and taken in by a witch, he is nursed by a bear, tutored by a djinn; his only playmates are the creatures of the forest, whose language he learns to speak. But when Lump inevitably stumbles into the human world, his innocence is no match for the depths of people's cruelty, which turns his heart to stone, and fuels a vengeance that places him and his witch mother in deadly peril. Yet these disasters also send Lump on a journey of self-discovery, to realms deep within the earth and far beyond mortal imagination. In this stunning fantasy debut, Gruber has created a world that is at once deceptively familiar and stunningly original, a world of cruelty, beauty, legend, truth, and above all, wonder.

Book Cover Image: Title: Valley of Bones, Author: Michael Gruber Buy It Valley of Bones
Michael Gruber
Rookie cop Tito Morales arrives at the Trianon hotel in Miami to investigate a routine disturbance call and, to his shock and horror, watches as a wealthy oil man plunges ten stories and impales himself on a nearby fence. Soon Morales is joined by detective Jimmy Paz, famous throughout the city for solving - or at least providing a plausible solution to - the so-called Voodoo Murders that left Miami burning months earlier. Together Paz and Morales discover in the dead man's room a most unusual suspect, an otherworldly woman by the name of Emmylou Dideroff. She emerges from a prayerlike state and says she wants to confess and asks for a pen and several notebooks. Emmylou's "confession" leads Paz and Morales down a series of unexpected and dangerous turns that forces them each to confront questions about faith, love, and the possibility of the miraculous.

Book Cover Image: Title: Tropic of Night, Author: Michael Gruber Buy It Tropic of Night
Michael Gruber
Imagine Smilla’s Sense of Snow crossed with Rosemary’s Baby: Tropic of Night is an extraordinary literary thriller, as terrifying as it is original, that launches a talent deserving of comparison to Thomas Harris, with a story in which a female anthropologist studying Shamanistic ritual in Africa fakes her own suicide and relocates to Miami in an unsuccessful attempt to escape a powerful practitioner of dark magic. Jane Doe is nothing, a shadow. Once a promising anthropologist, she's now hiding from an unimaginable horror. Miami police detective Jimmy Paz knows that Jane is connected to the ritualistic murders terrifying the city.

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Book Cover Image: Title: The Shadow of the Wind, Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Buy It The Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Barcelona, 1945 - A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax's other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book the man has ever written. Soon the boy realizes that The Shadow of the Wind is as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget, for the mystery of its author's identity holds the key to an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love that someone will go to any lengths to keep secret.

Book Cover Image: Title: The Secret of Lost Things, Author: Sheridan Hay Buy It The Secret of Lost Things
Sheridan Hay
In this charming novel about the eccentricities and passions of booksellers and collectors, a captivating young Australian woman takes a job at a vast emporium of used and rare books in New York City and finds herself caught up in the search for a lost Herman Melville manuscript. Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York with little more than her love of books and an eagerness to explore the city she’s read so much about. She begins her memorable search for independence with enthusiasm, and the moment she steps into the Arcade bookstore, she knows she has found a home. The store manager, Walter Geist, is an albino, a lonely figure even within the world of the Arcade. When Walter’s eyesight begins to fail, Rosemary becomes his assistant. And so it is Rosemary who first reads the letter from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville. Mentioned in Melville’s personal correspondence but neverpublished, the work is of inestimable value, and proof of its existence brings the simmering ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff to a boiling point. Including actual correspondence by Melville, The Secret of Lost Things is at once a literary adventure that captures the excitement of discovering a long-lost manuscript by a towering American writer and an evocative portrait of life in a surprisingly colorful bookstore.

Book Cover Image: Title: The Club Dumas, Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte Buy It The Club Dumas
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Lucas Corso is a "book detective", a mercenary who hunts down rare editions for wealthy clients. When a bibliophile is found hanged, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of The Three Musketeers, Corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. He is soon drawn into a plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of Dumas's masterpiece. Aided by a mysterious beauty named for a Conan Doyle heroine, Corso travels from Madrid to Toledo to Paris in pursuit of a sinister and seemingly omniscient killer.

Book Cover Image: Title: Will in the World, Author: Stephen Greenblatt Buy It Will in the World
Stephen Greenblatt
A young man from the provinces - a man without wealth, connections, or university education - moves to London. In a remarkably short time he becomes the greatest playwright not just of his age but of all time. His works appeal to urban sophisticates and first-time theatergoers; he turns politics into poetry; he recklessly mingles vulgar clowning and philosophical subtlety. How is such an achievement to be explained? Here, we see Shakespeare learning his craft, starting a family, and forging a career for himself in the wildly competitive London theater world, while at the same time grappling with dangerous religious and political forces that took less-agile figures to the scaffold.

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