The Coral Thief

The Coral Thief

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In 1815 France, a young medical student discovers that the beauty who shared his coach has stolen the rare coral specimens he carried and soon he encounters a ring of philosopher thieves determined to sabotage pre-Darwinian theories of evolution.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks, 2010
Edition: First Spiegel & Grau trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385531481
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sto
Description: 310 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm


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Dec 04, 2019

I loved this book! I found its description of 19th century Paris to be intriguing. Very unique story where a beautiful mysterious woman steals valuable pieces of coral from a medical student. I found it to be an interesting read and am looking forward to reading some of Stott’s other books.

Aug 28, 2012

A bit bland. Lots of telling, not showing.

Jan 10, 2010

In 1815 young Daniel Connor, a medical student, has just arrived in Paris to further his studies when he finds he has been robbed by a fellow stagecoach passenger -- a mysterious woman surprisingly well-versed in natural history. Now lacking the documents and specimens needed to secure his post, Daniel must solve the mystery of the woman and why she would want a book manuscript and bits of coral.

I found this story to be enjoyable but not exactly riveting. I'm a fan of natural history myself, so it was refreshing to read about it, not merely as part of a work of fiction, but with an enlightened and sympathetic viewpoint. I haven't yet decided whether to pursue Stott's first novel, Ghostwalk.


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