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The Last Bookaneer - A Novel

Matthew Pearl

"This swashbuckling tale of greed and great literature will remind you why Pearl is the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers. His latest is guaranteed to delight lovers of history and mystery."-Library Journal (starred review) book'a-neer' (bŏŏk'kå-nēr'), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in London, 1890-Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published without an author's permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially-Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few-but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. From the author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves' epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific island. As always, Davenport is reluctantly accompanied by his assistant Fergins, who is whisked across the world for one final caper. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest to steal Stevenson's manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers' trade forever. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson's last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, a

"This swashbuckling tale of greed and great literature will remind you why Pearl is the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers. His latest is guaranteed to delight lovers of history and mystery."-Library Journal (starred review) book'a-neer' (bŏŏk'kå-nēr'), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in London, 1890-Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published without an author's permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially-Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few-but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. From the author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves' epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific island. As always, Davenport is reluctantly accompanied by his assistant Fergins, who is whisked across the world for one final caper. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest to steal Stevenson's manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers' trade forever. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson's last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, a
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"This swashbuckling tale of greed and great literature will remind you why Pearl is the reigning king of popular literary historical thrillers. His latest is guaranteed to delight lovers of history and mystery."-Library Journal (starred review) book'a-neer' (bŏŏk'kå-nēr'), n. a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers, authors, and readers must not have a part in London, 1890-Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published without an author's permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially-Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few-but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction. From the author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves' epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific island. As always, Davenport is reluctantly accompanied by his assistant Fergins, who is whisked across the world for one final caper. Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his quest to steal Stevenson's manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers' trade forever. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson's last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, a

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance, J. D. Jackson

Length:

12h 51m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:02


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:56


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:05


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:50


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:23


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:32


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:27


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:47


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:54


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:54


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:39


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:11


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:03


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:53


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:23


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:59


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:42


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:11


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:38


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:16


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:08


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:26


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:45


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:53


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:09


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:06


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:43


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:36


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:19


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:46


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:56


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:57


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:07


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:16


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:01


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:17


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:06


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:22


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:38


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:17


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:07


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:45


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:10


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

08:21


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:16


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:10


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:43


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:11


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:09


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:12


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:35


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:37


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:34