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Alexander Short is a stylish young reference librarian. With his job in jeopardy and his marriage coming apart, Alexander meets the improbably named Henry James Jesson III, a book-lover who hires the librarian for some after-hours research. His task: to complete a cabinet of curiosities chronicling the life of a mysterious eighteenth-century inventor. As the investigation heats up, Alexander realizes there are many more secrets lurking in Jesson's cloistered world than those found inside his elegant Manhattan town house...
Allen Kurzweil is the author of one previous novel, A Case of Curiosities. He is currently a Fellow at Brown's University's John Nicholas Brown Center. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.