fascinating blend of Renaissance espionage and modern
intrigue. If you liked The Da Vinci Code, youll
love The Intelligencer.
bestselling author of The Protector
is terrifican intelligent, graceful, sophisticated
novel that packs a real thrillers punch. Think
Shakespeare In Love meets James Bond.
bestselling author of The Enemy
book should come with a Dangerous label,
for once you pick it up, you cannot put it down. I missed
book deadlines, forgot to pay bills, gave up sleep for
the duration, and it is all Leslie Silberts fault!
bestselling author of The Dragons Lair
fast-paced, entertaining romp through the worlds of
both the Elizabethan literary scene and twenty-first
century espionage. Exciting, engrossing, amusing, informativefun
from beginning to end!
bestselling author of Mary Queen of Scotland and
impressively learned and absorbingly entertaining. Leslie
Silbert does a remarkable job of presenting fascinating
details from the world of espionageboth Tudor
and contemporaryand weaving them into a fast-paced,
engaging and witty thriller.
award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Paper
unforgettable tale of espionage and high-level politics
played across time and continents. Make sure your electric
bill is paid. You'll be up all night reading!
bestselling author of The Coil
artful and ingenious blend of Elizabethan history and
twenty-first century espionage by a gifted and insightful
observer of the age-old dark side of intelligence.
former Acting Director for Operations at the CIA
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this years Da Vinci Code.
If this book were to be sold to a Hollywood film studio
(and in all likelihood it will be) the pitch
would go something like this: Think James Bond meets
Elizabethan-era intrigue, meets TVs Alias
with a dash of Three Days of the Condor all mixed
together with a large literary helping of the brilliant
historical plotting found in The Da Vinci Code.
thats just the first couple of chapters...
spellbinding first novel is penned by newcomer Leslie
Silbert, who herself comes from an intriguingly mixed
background of Harvard graduate, Renaissance literature
scholar, and private investigator. With this novel,
she crafts an imaginative story that weaves together
16th-century English politics, modern day high-tech
espionage, and globe-trotting adventures into a tough,
thrilling, and thoroughly exciting ride through history.
1593, Christopher Marlowepoet, playwright, and
double agent (known as an intelligencer)embarks
upon what could be his final assignment trying to uncover
who in Queen Elizabeths government is selling
weapons to the enemy. But just as hes about to
reveal the corrupt individuals startling identity,
he is mysteriously slain. Fast-forward 400 years to
when Marlowes top secret last manuscript is unearthed
in modern-day Londonand someone will stop at nothing
to get their hands on it. Private eye Kate Morgan is
hired to find out why, but what she discovers is an
intricate plot that points to the men behind Marlowes
deathwhile simultaneously pushing her closer to
in time between the 16th century and the present, Silbert
deftly keeps us guessing till the last secret is revealed.
This thriller heralds the debut of a new author with
a real talent for spinning a memorable mystery.
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literary adventure and an enticing treat for book clubs.
Intelligencer offers book clubs a combination of
two kinds of reading enjoyment. From the very first
pages, which invoke the picturesque atmosphere of Elizabethan
London, readers are immediately drawn in to a carefully
reconstructed historical pictureand are shortly
introduced to figures who are familiar from the pages
of history. But, like The Da Vinci Codeanother
thriller which mixes erudition and suspenseful adventureThe
Intelligencer never lets history slow down its sense
of up-to-the-minute danger and hi-tech excitement, which
owes much to Ian Flemings James Bond.
groups will no doubt love following along as first-time
author Silbertthrough the guise of her young private-eye
heroine, Kate Morganunravels one of literary histories
most beguiling and overlooked mysteries, the untimely
and violent death of Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe was
a contemporary of Shakespeare, the author of such great
plays as Dr. Faustus, which have proved an indelible
influence on writers ever since. Murdered in 1593, Marlowe
was not only a great writer cut off in his primehe
was also a rumored spy and dealer in political intrigue.
author might build an exciting enough tale by spinning
her own imagined version of what really happened to
Marloweand indeed she does, providing reading
groups with a great opportunity to discuss her alternate
version of events. But The Intelligencer goes
further, weaving together this Renaissance story with
a parallel plot, in which Kate Morgan (who, like Marlowe,
is more than she seems at first glance), must figure
out the significance of a strange Elizabethan manuscript,
which contains a beguiling code.
book club readers, of course, wont take long in
figuring out that this document figures in a game played
by shadowy international forces, and that Silberts
heroine is in trouble far deeper than her grad-school
education had prepared her for. But the pleasure for
reading groups will come in following along as the author
shifts between colorful history and up-to-the-minute
espionageand discussing where fact and fantasy
diverge in this tale of ancient secrets and double meanings.
Book clubs will find The Intelligencer may send
them running for their old English Lit notebooks, in
the spirit of the novels own playful investigating.
Book Club Recommendation
a modern tale around old secrets, codes, ciphers, treachery,
and murder . . . it's a winner.
one of the best books I have ever read.
My highest possible recommendation!!!
by the Book
absolutely stunning read. Atmospheric depictions of
the two time periods made me hunger for more, while
intricate and fascinating plot lines made it a real
page-turner. I did not believe a first novelist could
pull it off, and Ms. Silbert did so with bravado.
Elizabethan London to present-day New York, from the
death of Christopher Marlowe to the introduction of
a modern PI and spy, this novel has everything, including
a mysterious lost manuscript. If you liked that Da Vinci
thing, youll love The Intelligencer...Kate
Morgan/Leslie Silbert are going to be stars!
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offers a wonderfully imagined new take on the eternal
mystery of Christopher Marlowes untimely death
in this thoroughly enjoyable first novel that will appeal
to fans of historical mysteries, biblio-mysteries and
PI novels alike.
fun romp through espionage, past and present. And as
a bonus, Silbert, an Elizabethan scholar with a particular
interest in Marlowe, provides sources to back the theories
and the facts laid forth in her book.
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to Die For
literate, intricately detailed and plotted . . . a cracking
pace is quick and the action fascinating . . . a fun
mystery with bonuses.
sophisticated, and gracefully intriguing, The Intelligencer
is a fascinating espionage thriller that ranks among
the best books of the past year. Grade: A.
brings hands-on experience as a private eye to her entertaining
debut thriller, which shifts deftly between the present
and the late sixteenth century. . . . The tale moves
at a refreshing clip, and Silbert provides plenty of
engaging back story about Elizabethan history, ciphers,
Iranian jails, the poison of the Australian blue-ringed
octopus and much more.
and glamorous and witty . . . keeps us guessing all
Los Angeles Times
buffs will devour this one, loaded as it is with spies,
gadgets, and stolen gemstones . . . Silbert, herself
once a Renaissance scholar at Oxford and today a private
investigator, also tosses in intriguing historical research
about Shakespearean-era London and even a whiff of The
Da Vinci Codetheres a rare manuscript
locked away for centuries that destroys anyone unlucky
enough to uncover its secret . . . Silberts I.Q.
shines in The Intelligencer.
. . . witty . . . a fast-moving tale that should charm
the many lovers of spy thrillers.
Deseret Morning News (Salt
Shakespeare. Christopher Marlowe is the true man of
mystery to former Elizabethan scholars like Leslie Silbert,
who studied literature at Oxford before going to work
for a New York firm of private investigators. . . .
Silbert makes a spirited case for the revisionist theory
that the romantic sixteenth-century poet and playwright
was not killed in a taproom brawl but dispatched for
New York Times
moves with ease from the past to the present, and .
. . proves that if shes a Charlies Angel,
she must be the smartest one.
Globe and Mail
literary mystery, part comic-book thriller, rolled into
an entertaining package that should delight a variety
of readers. . . . Silbert has a couple of tricks up
her sleeve that might get by even a veteran thriller
. . . the concluding authors note makes clear
not only Silberts debt to Elizabethan history
but also her inventiveness in bringing it alive for
locales, rat-a-tat pacing . . . offers a vigorous tutorial
in the brutality that flourished under the Virgin Queennot
to mention disquisitions on Copernicus and Galileo and
cameo appearances by Walter Ralegh, a saucy barmaid
named Ambrosia and Englands pre-eminent torturer,
parallel stories of espionage plots in Queen Elizabeths
court in 1593and a mystery involving an ancient
manuscript in the present timeSilbert uses her
own interests and expertise to craft an intellectual
spy novel with historical accuracy and intrigue. . .
. The Intelligencer sets Silbert apart from other
spy novel authors through witty, believable dialogue
and simultaneous historical and present-day plots.
shows off her scholarship quite nicely when shes
following Kit Marlowe around Londons fetid streets
. . . her writing is full of the atmosphere and paranoia
of the Elizabethan era.
Intelligencer is rewarding for those looking for
something different, and a boon for the historical-mystery
fan. If you liked Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code,
youll love this complex brew.
page-turner . . . well-paced and well-researched . .
. literary interest, history,
and suspense are well balanced.
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