Friday, March 2, 2007

"Lost Constitution" Satisfies

My guilty pleasure reading includes thrillers, though I don't get to read them as much nowadays. Robert Ludlum, David Morrell, John Maxim, and now Barry Eisler are among my favorites.

I've discovered a new (for me) writer who's better than Grisham, to name a popular novelist. William Martin's his name, and "The Lost Constitution" is his latest. I have thoroughly enjoyed this one. Here's a little blurb:

"Rare-book expert Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline Carrington...are back for another treasure hunt through time. They have learned of an early, annotated draft of the Constitution, stolen and smuggled out of Philadelphia. The draft's marginal notes spell out, in shocking detail, the Founders' unequivocal intentions - the unmistakable meaning of the Bill of Rights. Peddled and purloined, trafficked and concealed for over two centuries, the lost Constitution could forever change America's history - and its future."

All of New England becomes a character in this gripping novel, in which the author alternates between the present-day hunt for the lost document, and the actual history of its journey from 1786 to now. The protagonist is a dogged researcher in following the path of a legend and along the way he and his love escape killers while sussing out the clues to the Constitution's present location. I give it a high B+, and highly recommend it for your entertainment. You might just learn a few things along the way, too.

Read about the author.

The Lost Constitution by William Martin
ISBN 9780765315380, May 2007 Forge/Tor (Hardcover) $24.95 (Fiction)

Previous books in the series: Back Bay (1979) and Harvard Yard (2003). We have both of these titles in mass-market format ($7.99)

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