The Book of Air and Shadows

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The Book of Air and Shadows is a thriller novel by Michael Gruber published in 2007.[1][2][3]

Plot summary[edit]

Set concurrently in the 17th century and the current century, the novel is an intriguing and complex thriller based around the mystery of William Shakespeare. Jake Mishkin, a lonely and troubled lapsed Catholic intellectual property lawyer (though he is generally assumed to be Jewish-American despite his Waffen SS Officer grandfather) teams up with a young man, Albert Crosetti, who has taken a job at an antiquarian bookstore in the hope of saving enough to fund his studies at NYU film school. Together they hunt for Shakespeare's elusive lost manuscript.


  1. ^ Memmott, Carol (March 29, 2007). "'Air and Shadows': A substantial literary work". USA Today. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Vidimos, Robin (April 8, 2007). "Car chases, shootouts and ... old books?". The Denver Post. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Book of Air and Shadows". Rocky Mountain News. April 27, 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2010.