by Julie HaleFebruary, 2004
The Coffee Trader
Liss' latest historical mystery is set in Amsterdam in 1659. Miguel Lienzo, a member of the city's Portuguese Jewish population, makes his living as a commodities trader. But when he loses his fortune in the blink of an eye, Miguel must join forces with a mysterious Dutchwoman to recoup his losses and clear his name. The plan: to manipulate the trading of a remarkable new product called coffee. Further troubles await Miguel, however, as a formidable enemy counters his every move in an effort to destroy him. Liss' thorough knowledge of history and finance lend this novel of deception a wonderful authenticity. Fact-filled, suspenseful and beautifully written, the book is a seductive page-turner that offers a detailed portrait of life in the 17th century. A reading group guide and author interview are included in the book.