This fast-paced thriller shares yet another adventure of Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish thieftaker in 18th century London. A client tricks and blackmails Weaver into participating in a convoluted and intricate conspiracy involving the East India Company, the most powerful corporation of the time. To satisfy the client and extricate himself from the plot, Weaver must contend with the hidden and conflicting agendas of friends, enemies, and others, all of whom seek to achieve their goals with deadly intention.
Expertly moving the plot forward, Liss gives very little away, enabling the reader to experience Weaver’s confusion and uncertainty before each pivotal moment. Liss has also created characters who, while captivating and interesting, somewhat embody Jewish stereotypes. For example, the Jewish characters in the novel include wealthy Jewish merchants who profit only at the mercy of Christian schemers and even the protagonist is somewhat of a caricature: a Jewish thieftaker who makes money through shady means. Even so, most readers should enjoy this story of intrigue and espionage, which captures the imagination on every page and at every turn.