When Adam Diehl, book collector and recluse, is found dead in his
Montauk home with his hands severed and his invaluable book
collection decimated, Adam's sister, Megan and her boyfriend, Will, a
once-convicted, semi-repentant literary forger, are shocked and
horrified. Just as the pair seem to have worked through the worst of
the tragedy, Will begins to receive threatening, anonymous blackmail
letters, seemingly penned by long-dead authors, that are full of
accusations about Will's criminal past and Adam's death. The Forgers
is gratifyingly suspenseful and full of fun information about
high-level literary forgery and the antiquarian book world.
November 2014 Indie Next List
“This literary thriller is all about book collectors, booksellers, old books and manuscripts, and, of course, forgers. A famous book collector is found murdered and one of the suspects is Will, his future brother-in-law, who was once arrested for forgery. Nothing is proven, but soon Will starts to receive threatening letters written in the hand of long-dead authors. Feeling challenged in his craftsmanship, Will goes into a forgery duel that will force him to the limits to save his livelihood and the love of his life. So well written, The Forgers will take some time to finish as readers might want reread every sentence!”
— Jean-Paul Adriaansen, Water Street Books, Exeter, NH
From critically acclaimed novelist Bradford Morrow, called "a mesmerizing storyteller who casts an irresistible spell" by Joyce Carol Oates and "one of America's major literary voices" by Publishers Weekly, comes The Forgers, a richly told literary thriller about the dark side of the rare book world. The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his Montauk home: hands severed, surrounded by valuable inscribed books and original manuscripts that have been vandalized beyond repair. Adam's sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will--a convicted if unrepentant literary forger--struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible murder. But when Will begins receiving threatening handwritten letters, seemingly penned by long-dead authors, but really from someone who knows secrets about Adam's death and Will's past, he understands his own life is also on the line--and attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meg. In The Forgers, Morrow reveals the passion that drives collectors to the razor-sharp edge of morality, brilliantly confronting the hubris and mortal danger of rewriting history with a fraudulent pen.
About the Author
Bradford Morrow is the author of seven novels and a short story collection. He is the founding editor of Conjunctions and has contributed to many anthologies and journals. A Bard Center Fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City.