The Coral Thief, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A young scientist becomes involved with a mysterious band of antiquities robbers in the heady atmosphere of nineteenth-century Paris.

A powerful and thrilling novel from the author of GHOSTWALK. Paris, 1815. Napoleon has just surrendered at Waterloo and is due to begin his exile.

Meanwhile, Daniel Connor, a young medical student from Edinburgh, has just arrived in Paris to study anatomy at the Jardin des Plantes - only to realise that his letters of introduction and a gift of precious coral specimens, on which his tenure depends, have been stolen by the beautiful woman with whom he shared a stagecoach. In the fervour and tumult of post revolutionary Paris, nothing is quite as it seems.

In trying to recover his lost valuables, Daniel discovers that his beautiful adversary is in fact a philosopher-thief who lives in a shadowy world of outlaws and emigres.

As Daniel embark on a passionate love affair with the Coral Thief, he is drawn to join her salon of thieves to execute one last breathtakingly bold robbery...




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A fantastic read. I haven't given a five star for a while but this one certainly deserves it. The setting is wonderful and the use of the dual narrative with Napoleon's incarceration along with the journey of Daniel Connor is intelligently carried out. Paris in the early 19th century comes alive and the vestiges of the French revolution are beautifully evoked. The story was also gripping right until the end. One of the previous reviewers found the naivety of the main character irritating as he fell in love with Lucienne so easily. I can totally see why she was so alluring personally and I thought all of the characters were well realised - all apart from maybe Sophie Daucleuve (think I may have got that wrong). I really wanted to know more about this stepdaughter of Cuvier. Was she flirting with Daniel all of the time or was that just her nature? Great stuff.

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