The Grand Complication, Paperback

The Grand Complication Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Alexander Short is a stylish young reference librarian.

With his job in jeopardy and his marriage coming apart, Alexander meets the improbably named Henry James Jesson III, a book-lover who hires the librarian for some after-hours research.

His task: to complete a cabinet of curiosities chronicling the life of a mysterious eighteenth-century inventor.

As the investigation heats up, Alexander realizes there are many more secrets lurking in Jesson's cloistered world than those found inside his elegant Manhattan town house...




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From the moment I read the words "stylish young reference librarian", I knew that I had to buy this book, and it didn't disappoint me. Alexander is the reference librarian in question, and this story of what happens when a mysterious library patron asks him for assistance in solving a puzzle had me rapt. Alexander's relationship with his partner Nic, whom he also met in the library, is also well-observed, and the description of the Dewey Decimal quiz near the end of the book was one of my own personal high points.I can't recommend this book highly enough - please read it!

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Quite intriguing. Slow in parts but was very interesting in the way the story folded out. I was amazed at how Kurzweil managed to make computer searches not as dull as they are in real life. It reminds me of the Da Vinci code in quite a few ways - a refined gentleman as mentor and later betrayer, a French love interest, a search for a long missing artifact. On the whole enjoyable, but not likely memorable. The language used was beautifully archaic though.

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Confronted by both professional and personal crises, reference librarian Alexander Short gains a new lease on life when he meets Henry James Jesson III, who hires him for some research into an enigmatic eighteenth-century inventor.

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This book begins with a compelling idea, and there are quite a few interesting twists and turns, but I didn't enjoy reading it. The main characters are all flat, and the unraveling of the mystery at the end is trite. Disappointing.

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