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The tulip virus / Danielle Hermans ; translated by David MacKay.

By: Hermans, Danielle, 1963-.
Contributor(s): MacKay, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2010Edition: 1st ed.Description: 278 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781742371894 (pbk.).Uniform titles: Tulpenvirus. English Subject(s): Murder -- Investigation -- FictionDDC classification: 839.31/364 Summary: The murder of a wealthy financier in modern-day London sets Alec, the man's nephew, on a desperate race for the truth that leads back to the death of a respected tulip trader in 17th Century Holland. A major new literary thriller.
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The murder of a wealthy financier in modern-day London sets Alec, the man's nephew, on a desperate race for the truth that leads back to the death of a respected tulip trader in 17th Century Holland. A major new literary thriller.

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Library Journal Review

In 1636 Alkmaar, Holland, tulip trader Wouter Winckel is brutally murdered, an antireligious tract stuffed into his mouth. Was the motive religion or Winckel's possession of a rare and expensive tulip bulb? In 2007 London, a Dutchman is found mortally wounded, clutching a 17th-century book about tulips. Shifting between centuries, Hermans ties the two killings into a neat debut mystery. VerdicT Drawing on the actual tulip bubble of 1637 (the first recorded speculative bubble), Hermans reveals how the past can impact the present and gives us a fascinating lesson in the history of the tulip industry, much as Michelle Wan has done in her mysteries about rare orchids (A Twist of Orchids). Sure to appeal to fans of contemporary mysteries with historical backdrops. [Minotaur First Edition Selection; library marketing campaign.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Holland's 17th-century tulip craze provides the backdrop for Hermans's middling debut. When British painter Alec Schoeller receives a phone call for help from his beloved paternal uncle, Frank, he rushes over to his uncle's London house, where he finds his battered relative on the brink of death. Frank warns his nephew not to contact the police and to take a 400-year-old book about tulips. While the artist does report the crime to the authorities, he pretends his uncle died before he reached the house, and seeks the truth behind the killing on his own.ÅThe present-day action alternates with scenes from 1636 Holland, where tulip mania led to bloodshed.ÅHermans hits all the obligatory suspense notes, including multiple murders, hostage situations, and a secret men will kill to preserve, but U.S. readers will find nothing particularly new other than the tulip angle. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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