Hailed as “one of America’s major literary voices” by Publishers Weekly, Bradford Morrow offers a richly told literary thriller about the dark side of the rare book world, as a notorious forger of literary works becomes caught in a dangerous web of secrets.
The bibliophile community is stunned when a reclusive rare book collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his Montauk home, hands severed, surrounded by valuable inscribed books and prized original manuscripts that have been vandalized beyond repair. In the weeks following his death, Adam’s sister, Meghan, who runs a used bookshop in New York’s East Village, and her lover—a sometime literary forger whose specialty is the handwriting of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle—struggle to come to terms with the murder. The police fail to identify a likely suspect, and the case quickly turns cold. Soon, Meghan’s lover begins to receive threatening handwritten letters, ostensibly penned by long-dead authors but really from someone who seems to have disturbing insights into Adam’s mysterious death. Understanding that his own life is in jeopardy, he attempts to forge a new beginning for himself and Meghan in a secluded hamlet in Ireland. But even that may not be enough to escape his vengeful stalker.
An exquisite, gripping tale of love and obsession, The Forgers is an exploration of the tenuous nature of authenticity and the power of deception, both on the page and within our deepest selves.