Paris, 1815. Napoleon has just surrendered at Waterloo and is on
his way to the island of St. Helena to begin his exile. Meanwhile,
Daniel Connor, a young medical student from Edinburgh, has just
arrived in Paris to study anatomy at the Jardin des Plantes-only to
realize that his letters of introduction and a gift of precious
coral specimens, on which his tenure with the legendary Dr. Cuvier
depends, have been stolen by the beautiful woman with whom he
shared a stagecoach.
In the fervor and tumult of post revolutionary Paris, nothing is
quite as it seems. In trying to recover his lost valuables, Daniel
discovers that his beautiful adversary is in fact a
philosopher-thief who lives in a shadowy world of outlaws and
emigres. Daniel's fall into this underworld is also a flight, for
as he falls in love with the mysterious coral thief and she draws
him into an audacious plot that will leave him with a future very
different from the one he has envisioned for himself, Daniel
discovers a radical theory of evolution and mutability that
irrevocably changes his conception of the world in which he lives.
The Coral Thief, as riveting and beautifully rendered as Ghostwalk,
Rebecca Stott's first novel, " "is a provocative and tantalizing
mix of history, philosophy, and suspense. It conjures up vividly
both the feats of Napoleon and the accomplishments of those working
without fame or glory to change our ideas of who we are and the
world in which we live.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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