The Day of Atonement

The Day of Atonement

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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The bestselling author of such novels as -- Praise for David Liss -- --Deborah Harkness, author of -- --The Washington Post The Whiskey Rebels "Smart, page-turning fun."--St. Petersburg Times The Ethical Assassin ("A) page-turning thriller . . . a thought-provoking and highly enjoyable yarn."--Baltimore Sun A Spectacle of Corruption ("A) wonderful book . . . easily one of the year's best."--The Boston Globe The Coffee Trader "Unusual and diverting . . . Sometimes, as the book demonstrates with a nice twist, sincerity can be the greatest means of deception."--The New York Times Book Review A Conspiracy of Paper "Tremendously smart, assured, and entertaining."--Newsweek From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House, 2014.
ISBN: 9781588369635
1588369633
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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lukasevansherman
May 02, 2017

I don't often like historical fiction, but David Liss is an exception. Although he's American, many of his novels are set in 18th century England. His earliest books featured the memorable protagonist Benjamin Weaver, a Jewish boxer turned "thief taker," who finds himself mixed up in all manner of complicated plots. Weaver has a small part in "The Day of Atonement," but the hero here is a young Portuguese man who lost relatives to the Inquisition, fled home, and remade himself in England. He returns to Portugal for revenge! It's both a fast paced caper and a rich evocation of the place and time period. The devastating Lisbon earthquake, which was also a key plot point in Voltaire's "Candide," is also used in the story.

AL_ANNAL Dec 25, 2016

A victim of the Portuguese Inquisition is determined to get revenge in the action packed novel!

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erfar
Jan 26, 2016

A classic in the historical novel genre. A great read.

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brangwinn
Jan 14, 2015

I find it fascinating to read about an era I know so little able. I didn’t realize that the Inquisition lasted into the 19th century nor did I realize it was not just Spain. I know, historically I should have realized it was a Catholic cause, but I’d never associated it with Portugal. Liss, as in his other well researched historical fiction has created compelling characters and settings. When Sebastian Foxx returns to his native Portugal in the mid 1700’s to find and kill the aggressive priest responsible for the death of his “New Christian” parents and to find the person who was responsible for turning his father over to the Inquisition his live becomes very complicated. He’s always had trouble controlling his anger and there are many times while in Lisbon, he nearly kills someone deserving of death. He becomes a member of the English businessmen, and finds love not where he expected it. Just is served, but very violently because of the Lisbon earthquake.

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