The Coffee Trader
Amsterdam, 1659: 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 suddenly lost... show more
Amsterdam, 1659: 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 suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brother’s canal-flooded basement, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive 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 face 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.
Publish date: February 3rd 2004
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, 17th Century
It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. If you find you want to read this book, I won't stop you but I will warn you there are other books out there. Books that are probably more deserving of your time. The characters in this book were blah. They were just there because a story requires people. I didn'...
Not as good as conspiracy of paper, a lot of repetition and the trades were not very well explained.Plus, the villain is omnipotent - never like it when the author seeks such an easy resolution to a mystery he has set up.
My particular edition is not available here on Goodreads18419760249781841976020HardbackLarge PrintPublisher WF Howes LtdWithdrawn from Oxfordshire Library ServiceOpening: Firmer than water or wine, it rippled thickly in its bowl, dark and hot and uninviting. Miguel Lienzo picked it up and pulled it ...
What I liked:It is my second David Liss novel and I'm admiring this writer more and more. Liss meticulously recreates the 17th century Dutch city of Amsterdam fully based on historical documents – really it seems that the author completed exhaustive research if you only consult the list of his sour...
The first time that I read this book, I didn't make it past page 20. But when I picked it up last year, I found myself sitting up late at night to find out what would happen next in a tricky world of coffee, dutch merchants, money, and a string of half-truths. Recommended for anyone who wants their ...