A Visible Darkness

A Visible Darkness

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Baker & Taylor
French authorities occupying nineteenth-century Prussia call on Hanno Stiffeniis to find the killer responsible for the murders of Prussian women who collect amber along the Baltic coast for the French.

McMillan Palgrave
Prussia has been overrun by Napoleon’s forces, and the Emperor’s troops have discovered a new source of funds there: enough amber to finance France’s wars. But their plans stall when the girls who collect the stones begin to disappear, only to be found gruesomely disfigured by an unknown killer. The French call upon Prussian investigator Hanno Stiffeniis, who must seek out the culprit knowing hat his own success may doom his country’s future. Dark, intelligent, and vividly written, A Visible Darkness continues a masterful series of historical mysteries that portray a past torn between nationalism and humanism, superstition and science.

Blackwell North Amer
Prussia has been overrun by Napoleon's occupying forces, and Procurator Hanno Stiffeniis can do nothing to stop them. As the emperor prepares for battle against Spain, his officers discover a source of funds along the Baltic Coast. Buried beneath the sea lies an unimaginable wealth of precious amber, enough to finance France's imperial ambitions provided they can extract it.
But their plans have been stalled by troublesome complications. The Prussian girls who collect the amber have begun to disappear. Some have been captured and punished as thieves. Others have been gruesomely murdered by an unknown killer. The French have no choice but to call upon the skills of the reluctant investigator Hanno Stiffeniis, Renowned for his work with the late Immanuel Kant, Stiffeniis must seek out the culprit, knowing that his own success may doom his country to years of control by the French.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312544355
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 02, 2012

Difficult to get into, descriptions are overlong and complicated (Conrad comes to mind). Couldn't wait to finish (actually skipped a few parapgraphs). Excellent in the middle but will not be reaching any time soon for another of Gregorio's.


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