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The Book Forger : The true story of a literary crime that fooled the world



Hardback 336 pages
Vintage Publishing 21 March 2024
Hone, Joseph

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ISBN/SKU: 9781784744670 Categories/Genres: ,


‘Absolutely fascinating . . . A must-read for anyone enthralled by the value and integrity of books’ Janice Hallett, author of The Alperton AngelsA true detective story from the age of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers: the literary crime that fooled the world – and the daring young booksellers who uncovered itLondon, 1932. Thomas James Wise is the toast of the literary establishment. A prominent collector and businessman, he is renowned on both sides of the Atlantic for unearthing the most stunning first editions and bringing them to market. Pompous and fearsome, with friends in high places, he is one of the most powerful men in the field of rare books.

One night, two young booksellers – one a dishevelled former communist, the other a martini-swilling fan of detective stories – stumble upon a strange discrepancy. It will lead them to suspect Wise and his books are not all they seem. Inspired by the vogue for Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, the pair harness the latest developments in forensic analysis to crack the case, but find its extent is greater than they ever could have imagined. By the time they are done, their investigation will have rocked the book world to its core.

This is the true story of unlikely friends coming together to expose the literary crime of the century, and of a maverick bibliophile who forged not only books but an entire life, erasing his past along the way.

‘The perfect piece of armchair detection’ Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10‘Thrilling . . . reads like a detective story from the golden age’ Roland Philipps, author of A SPY NAMED ORPHAN’A great story that is truly stranger than fiction’ Martin Edwards, President of the Detection Club


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