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 comes a richly told literary thriller about the dark side of the rare book world. The bibliophile community is stunned when a reclusive rare book collector is found on the floor of his Montauk home: hands severed, surrounded by valuable inscribed books and manuscripts that have been vandalized beyond repair. In the weeks following the victim's death, his sister, Meghan, and her lover--a sometime literary forger whose specialty is the handwriting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--struggle to come to terms with the murder. The police fail to identify a likely suspect, and the case quickly turns cold. Soon, Meghan's lover begins to receive threatening handwritten letters, ostensibly penned by long-dead authors but really from someone who seems to have disturbing insights into Adam's death. Understanding that his own life is in jeopardy, he attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meghan. But he may not be able to escape his vengeful stalker.
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.