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Bradford Morrow

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Bradford Morrow is a professor of literature at Bard College and is founder and editor of the literary journal Conjunctions. He lives in New York.
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Verk av Bradford Morrow

The Forgers (2014) 293 exemplar, 22 recensioner
The New Gothic: A Collection of Contemporary Gothic Fiction (1991) — Redaktör — 261 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Diviner's Tale (2011) 246 exemplar, 22 recensioner
The Prague Sonata (2017) 192 exemplar, 14 recensioner
Giovanni's Gift (1997) 111 exemplar, 1 recension
Trinity Fields (1995) 102 exemplar, 2 recensioner
The Forger's Daughter (2020) 90 exemplar, 9 recensioner
The Uninnocent: Stories (2011) 50 exemplar, 8 recensioner
Ariel's Crossing (2002) 45 exemplar
World Outside the Window (1987) — Redaktör — 43 exemplar
Come Sunday (1988) 32 exemplar
Conjunctions: 52, Betwixt the Between (2009) — Redaktör — 19 exemplar
Fall of the Birds (Kindle Single) (2011) 17 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Conjunctions: 29, Tributes (2001) — Redaktör — 16 exemplar
Blast 3 (Blast Three) (No.3) (1984) — Redaktör — 15 exemplar
Conjunctions: 37, Twentieth Anniversary Issue (2001) 14 exemplar, 1 recension
Didn't Didn't Do It (2007) 13 exemplar, 1 recension
Conjunctions: 67, Other Aliens (2016) — Redaktör — 13 exemplar
Conjunctions: 12 (1988) 11 exemplar
Conjunctions: 30, Paper Airplane (1998) — Redaktör — 11 exemplar
Conjunctions: 7 (1985) 10 exemplar
The Nature of My Inheritance (2015) 9 exemplar
Conjunctions: 62, Exile (2014) 8 exemplar
Conjunctions: 55, Urban Arias (2010) 7 exemplar, 1 recension
Conjunctions: 13 (1989) 6 exemplar
Conjunctions: 17, Tenth Anniversary Issue (1991) — Redaktör — 6 exemplar
Conjunctions: 9 (1986) 5 exemplar
Conjunctions: 8 (1985) 5 exemplar
Conjunctions: 3 (1982) 4 exemplar
Conjunctions: 10 (1987) 4 exemplar
Conjunctions: 57, Kin (2011) 4 exemplar
Conjunctions: 59, Colloquy (2013) 4 exemplar
Conjunctions: 1 (1981) 2 exemplar
Posthumes (1982) 2 exemplar
A Cabinet of Curiosity (2019) 1 exemplar
Conjunctions 79: Onward (2022) 1 exemplar
Os Falsários 1 exemplar
Conjunctions: 6 (1984) 1 exemplar
Gardener Of Heart 1 exemplar
Conjunctions: 4 (1983) 1 exemplar
A writer's aviary 1 exemplar
Catalogue Nine 1 exemplar

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Poe's Children: The New Horror: An Anthology (2008) — Bidragsgivare — 463 exemplar, 16 recensioner
The Best American Noir of the Century (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 372 exemplar, 7 recensioner
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 299 exemplar, 10 recensioner
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Redaktör — 198 exemplar, 2 recensioner
A Convergence of Birds: Original Fiction and Poetry Inspired by Joseph Cornell (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 195 exemplar, 2 recensioner
Classics Revisited (1986) — Efterord, vissa utgåvor168 exemplar, 1 recension
The Selected Poems of Kenneth Rexroth (1984) — Redaktör, vissa utgåvor85 exemplar
New Jersey Noir (2011) — Bidragsgivare — 59 exemplar, 4 recensioner
The Review of Contemporary Fiction 1996: The Future of Fiction (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Thirty-Six Poems by Tu Fu (1987) — Inledning — 5 exemplar
Black Clock 1 (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
Tamarisk, Volume V, Number 3/4, Summer/Fall 1983 — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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I really enjoyed the way this book was written. It had an interesting perspective and voice. However, the "big reveal" wasn't really a big reveal to me
ivylathan | 21 andra recensioner | Jul 15, 2024 |
Rare book collector, Adam Diehl, is found in his secluded home, his hands severed, his books and papers in disarray. Upon inspection, it appears he was a forger of long-dead author's signatures, which would increase the price of already valuable books many times over. Among the suspects are his sister's boyfriend, Will, who had been a prolific and talented forger and who is also our narrator.
Meghan, the deceased's sister and protagonist's girlfriend, is also in the book trade, as she owns an independent bookshop in Manhattan. She found out about Will's little hobby along with the rest of the world and stuck by him as he paid his penance. She's the best thing Will has ever had in his life, which is why, when someone starts threatening him, using Arthur Conan Doyle's handwriting, no less, he keeps it a secret, in an effort to protect her.
He doesn't know who's sending the threats nor what they want nor why they want it, all he knows is he'll do what needs doing in order to keep safe the one bit of happiness he has, and to keep the promise he's made to Meghan, which is that he'd stay out of the the forging game. But someone is trying to force his hand.
On the surface this book should have been right up my street--it's about the book world and I worked in independent bookshops for years--but it fell a little flat. The main character was a criminal, but not a very interesting one. He kept saying how solid his relationship was with Meghan and how they fell for one another at first sight, but I didn't feel it. That could be because Will wasn't a real person--at one point he talks about forgers also forging who they are and not being true humans, which I interpreted as a type of sociopathy. He definitely has that flat affect going on and not seeming to really engage with the world, only being concerned with protecting his own hide, as well as being close to only one person. I definitely don't need to like a character--any of the characters of a novel, really--but they do need to be interesting. Will wasn't.
Writing-wise it was better than most books out there, but it wasn't up to par with Morrow's The Diviner's Tale, which was excellent. The text suffered from 'had I known-itis', which is where the narrator kept telling us that things were about to get a lot worse or that his bubble of happiness was to be short-lived. It's something of which lesser authors are often guilty but I found it surprising in this author.
The plot was what kept me reading--needing to know who did it and what was going to happen next, which is why I read it in two days. It moved at a clip, which is what you want in a thriller. I didn't know where things were going and, though I worked out some things before the end, I still didn't know the particulars.
I would recommend this one to fans of John Dunning's Bookman series and people interested in literary thrillers like Matthew Pearl's books. 4/5 stars.
[I was given a free copy of this book to review.]
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BVBurton | 21 andra recensioner | Oct 15, 2023 |
Cassandra Brooks is dowsing for water one day when she comes across the body of a hanged girl. By the time the police arrive the girl has disappeared. The journey the ensues is both personal and has repercussions that will effect the entire town. Morrow's prose is luminous, his characters are human and his plot is perfectly woven.
BVBurton | 21 andra recensioner | Oct 15, 2023 |
* My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the opportunity to review this book. *

With an opening sentence like "They never found his hands", you can expect that you're in for a serious crime story. The Forgers does not deliver the gruesomeness that that opening suggests, but it is still a twisty murder mystery with a likeable protagonist.

The corpse in question is that of Adam Diehl, brother-in-law of notorious forger Will. Will has entertained suspicions that Adam might also have been a forger, but has kept those suspicions to himself. However the murder brings his own past back under the microscope, and he finds he needs to defend himself from his wife's suspicions, without exposing Adam. Just when he thinks that he has succeeded, he starts getting threatening letters that could only have been produced by a master forger, one at least as good as himself.

Will and his wife Meghan retreat to an Irish village while Will tries to go straight and leave his tarnished reputation in the rare book world behind him. Things are not so simple though, and trouble soon follows.

I liked the unusual milieu that this novel is set in, and the mounting tension that Will feels as his past closes in on him while he struggles to make a life beyond forgery and faking.
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gjky | 21 andra recensioner | Apr 9, 2023 |



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