The Coffee Trader - David Liss

The Coffee Trader

By David Liss

  • Release Date: 2003-03-04
  • Genre: Historical
The Coffee Trader book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 78 Ratings)

The Coffee Trader David Liss Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Edgar Award–winning novel A Conspiracy of Paper was one of the most acclaimed debuts of the year. In his richly suspenseful second novel, author David Liss once again travels back in time to a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. His destination: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious world of trade populated by schemers and rogues, where deception rules the day.

On the world’s first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city’s most envied merchants, Miguel has lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

Miguel enters into a partnership with a seduc-tive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success—a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called “coffee.” To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and test the limits of his commercial guile, facing not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.

With humor, imagination, and mystery, David Liss depicts a world of subterfuge, danger, and repressed longing, where religious and cultural traditions clash with the demands of a new and exciting way of doing business. Readers of historical suspense and lovers of coffee (even decaf) will be up all night with this beguiling novel.

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User reviews about this book

  • The coffee trader

    4
    By 84momma
    Enjoyed this historical novel that included some of the religious history of 17th century Amsterdam. Nice quick read
  • Great read

    5
    By Avid reader 007
    It was a great pleasure to be plowing through the pages of this book. It's been an awesome read. I learned a lot about the Dutch and their business sense, about the Jew people and their habits as well as about coffee. Highly recommended.
  • Review

    5
    By BFKPope
    Liss, is one awesome historical fiction novelist! On par with Bernard Cornwell.

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