Serendipity in the Stacks
While meandering through the library stacks I hoped for a run of serendipity with regard to choosing a good read. I oftentimes do a blind grab—choose a book I have never seen written by an author of whom I have never heard. Sometimes my optimism is dashed to shreds, but sometimes…sometimes, the heavens open up and I can hear Elvis singing, “I’m All Shook Up”. I love it when that happens!
Yeah, that didn’t happen today.
But the process reminded me of a time when it did happen, when a blind grab garnered a real gem titled The Intelligencer by author Leslie Silbert. I loved it, and Googled Ms. Silbert for a list of other books, whereupon I learned that there were no others. The Intelligencer was her first and, up to that point, her only published novel.
I put the author’s name on the backburner of my mind where it simmered until the pot went dry. Meaning, of course, that I forgot her name. But! I spotted The Intelligencer at the library and was reminded of being, you know, all shook up. That was when I Googled Leslie Silbert again and—this time it was the “Hallelujah Chorus” that rocked my world—she is nearing completion of her second novel, Killing Caravaggio. Yes!
Her main character is a female PI, and the twist is that the present day plot is intertwined with goings on occurring in centuries past. The Intelligencer brings insight into the life of playwright Christopher Marlowe who was a Shakespeare contemporary and a for-real spy during Elizabethan times. Ms. Silbert’s new, and as yet unpublished work, Killing Caravaggio, will detail the life of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, one of the greatest artists in European history. (That his life was turbulent and he was notorious for being arrogant and picking pub fights can only make the story more entertaining.)
So visit the author’s website (I’ve added Ms. Silbert to my list of Authors Who Rock My Socks), run out and grab The Intelligencer for a slam-dunk read, and then set all of this info to simmer on the backburner of your mind. If your pot runs dry, never fear. I’ve moved this from the backburner to the frontal lobe, and I promise to let you know as soon as the next Leslie Silbert novel hits the shelves. Hallelujah! I can’t wait to be all shook up!
Good reading –