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The Coffee Trader - A Novel

David Liss

The Edgar Award-winning novel A Conspiracy of Paper was one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2000. In his richly suspenseful second novel, author David Liss once again travels back in time to a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. His destination: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious world of trade populated by schemers and rogues, where deception rules the day. 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 lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation. Miguel enters into a partnership with a seduc-tive 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 test the limits of his commercial guile, facing not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also 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. With humor, imagination, and mystery, David Liss depicts a world of subterfuge, danger, and repressed longing, where religious and cultural traditions clash with the demands of a new and exciting way of doing business. Readers of historical suspense and lovers of coffee (even decaf) will be up all night with this beguiling novel. From the Hardcover edition.

The Edgar Award-winning novel A Conspiracy of Paper was one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2000. In his richly suspenseful second novel, author David Liss once again travels back in time to a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. His destination: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious world of trade populated by schemers and rogues, where deception rules the day. 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 lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation. Miguel enters into a partnership with a seduc-tive 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 test the limits of his commercial guile, facing not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also 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. With humor, imagination, and mystery, David Liss depicts a world of subterfuge, danger, and repressed longing, where religious and cultural traditions clash with the demands of a new and exciting way of doing business. Readers of historical suspense and lovers of coffee (even decaf) will be up all night with this beguiling novel. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Edgar Award-winning novel A Conspiracy of Paper was one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2000. In his richly suspenseful second novel, author David Liss once again travels back in time to a crucial moment in cultural and financial history. His destination: Amsterdam, 1659—a mysterious world of trade populated by schemers and rogues, where deception rules the day. 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 lost everything in a sudden shift in the sugar markets. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living on the charity of his petty younger brother, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation. Miguel enters into a partnership with a seduc-tive 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 test the limits of his commercial guile, facing not only the chaos of the markets and the greed of his competitors, but also 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. With humor, imagination, and mystery, David Liss depicts a world of subterfuge, danger, and repressed longing, where religious and cultural traditions clash with the demands of a new and exciting way of doing business. Readers of historical suspense and lovers of coffee (even decaf) will be up all night with this beguiling novel. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Graeme Malcolm

Length:

5h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:35


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:28


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

00:46