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On the front of this book there's a quote from author Manda Scott.

"enticing, inspiring...marries the immediacy of THE DA VINCI CODE with the intellectual rigour of THE RULE OF FOUR"
I haven't read either of those books, but there was definitely something about this one that just hooked me.
Like quite a few books I have read lately it has narratives in different times.
Paul Tomm, the main character has the makings of an investigative reporter, when asked to write an obituary about recently deceased history professor Jaan Puhapaev, he finds mystery surrounds him, and the further he he looks for facts, the more mysterious Jaan Puhapaev appears. Paul Tomm does have a naivety that makes you sometimes want to yell at him in pantomime fashion, "behind you", as he gets himself into some very difficult situations, that it seems to the reader could have been avoided. Yet this is part of his charm as a character. The narrative about Paul Tomm researching is interspersed with the histories of fifteen arcane objects, and the collecting together of them. In this narrative there is a "master of disguises", who at one point is called Abulfaz Akhundov, yet at another has an entirely different name, this man is instrumental in collecting together the objects, and is very ruthless in his methods.
All in all the book is fascinating, and I ended up just sitting reading to finish it, as I was so engrossed.
Then again I knew I was in for a good book when I picked it up, as it is published by Penguin, a publisher that seems to host many good authors.

For further information about Jon Fasman click here. There are more deatils about The Geographer's Library, and his newer book , The Unpossessed City, along with a biography.


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