Everything Under the Sky
By Matilde Asensi
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061458408, 400pp.)
Publication Date: August 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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From the bestselling author of The Last Cato comes an addictively entertaining adventure in a land of danger and mystery.
A prim, straitlaced Spanish painter living in Paris, Elvira De Poulain is shocked to hear of her profligate husband's death and travels to Shanghai to claim his body and put his affairs in order. Overwhelmed by his still-outstanding debts and scandals--adrift in an exotic city teeming with unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells--she discovers a treasure among her late husband's detritus: a beautifully crafted box holding clues to the location of the remains of China's First Emperor...and the unimaginable riches buried alongside him.
Joining forces with a colorful Irish journalist, a wily local antiquarian, and a brilliant orphaned servant boy, Elvira is immediately swept up into the adventure of a lifetime. But she and her motley partners are not alone in their quest--and those who pursue them have murdered before, and would murder again, to possess the wealth of an ancient dynasty.
Matilde Asensi is the author of many internationally bestselling thrillers, including The Last Cato. She lives in Alicante, Spain.
Matilde Asensi, periodista y escritora espaÑola, ha publicado varios libros bestsellers, incluyendo su primera novela, El salÓn de Ámbar, que ha sido traducida a varios idiomas, Iacobus que la situÓ en los primeros puestos de las listas bestsellers y El Último catÓn que la confirmÓ como la autora de su generaciÓn de mayor Éxito de crÍtica y pÚblico. Actualmente reside en Alicante, EspaÑa.
“a cross-country race that showcases both the Spanish author’s meticulous historical research and her skill at interweaving it into her suspenseful narrative.”
“Asensi delivers fun in new thriller...an adventure that is so engrossing it could compel the reader to skip meals and ignore chores in a mad dash to read the book’s ending...Delicious to read.”
“What fans will like: international travel, puzzles, secret societies and historical treasures. ”
“A riveting journey into a past shrouded in mystery and literary allegory. . . . A thriller to open the eyes and stir the heart.”
-James Rollins, author of Map of Bones
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