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Publisher:  Newton Compton ISBN-10:  8854136050 Type: 


Copyright:  Nov 17, 2011 ISBN-13:  9788854136052

Investigative journalist Jake Fleming goes to London to learn what became of a missing academic friend and colleague, who'd been about to publish an Earth-shaking expose about Shakespeare (no relation to the Oxford theory put forth in the film Anonymous). As he pursues his quest, Fleming is forced to reach a stunning and unexpected conclusion: a different one entirely from that of the film Anonymous!

Author Gene (E.C.) Ayres (aka John Underwood)

Writing as John Underwood:

When San Francisco-based investigative journalist Jake Fleming gets a call from an old acquaintance in London he is too busy to talk. What his friend wanted to discuss was his new book promising 'explosive revelations' regarding one of England's most cherished icons, and he is on his way to Berkeley to deliver a lecture on his findings. But he wanted to meet with Jake beforehand for some advice and feedback. Jake feels torn because while he likes this man and owes him a favor, reviewing books is way out of his league. Plus, what with further disruption in the Middle East and other pressing business on his mind Jake has little time for such distractions. As a result Jake forgets the meeting, only to get a call at one a.m. that his friend never arrived, and has gone missing. The book, like its author, has gone missing as well, it's subject matter unknown even to his publisher. Out of a sense of guilt and also obligation to a man who had once saved his life, Jake travels to London find him, fearing the worst as to what may have happened to the missing man, and what he might have gotten himself into.


Chi desidera mantenere il segreto su William Shakespeare? E quali interessi si nascondono dietro un mistero che affonda le sue radici nella violenta e oscura epoca elisabettiana: Desmond Lewis, un professore universitario inglese molto discusso, scompare mentre è diretto a Berkeley, in California, per una conferenza. Con lui sparisce anche un manoscritto inedito e segretissimo, che conterrebbe la verità sull'identità dell'autore più importante nella storia della letteratura mondiale, William Shakespeare. Non sarebbe lui il vero autore di "Romeo e Giulietta", "Amleto" e degli altri capolavori: una teoria sconvolgente che molti scrittori, fra cui Mark Twain, hanno già sostenuto in passato. Jake Fleming, un giornalista del "San Francisco Tribune" e amico di Lewis, si mette subito sulle sue tracce per scoprire che fine ha fatto lo studioso e quale enigma si cela dentro le pagine che ha scritto. Un viaggio che lo porterà nella vecchia Inghilterra, tra accademici spocchiosi, librai eccentrici, un fisico indiano che sa fin troppo di Shakespeare e una conturbante docente di letteratura. Fino a quando lo raggiungerà oltreoceano anche sua figlia Melissa, ragazza testarda e affascinante con una grande passione per il teatro...

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