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									David LissDavid Liss
Acclaimed author David Liss combines historical erudition with mystery, complex characterization, and a captivating sense of humor in books like A Conspiracy of Paper and the highly-anticipated sequel A Spectacle of Corruption.

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Fact File

David Liss
Current Home:
San Antonio, Texas
Date of Birth:
March 16, 1966
Place of Birth:
Englewood, New Jersey
B.S., M.A., M.Phil.
Edgar Award, 2001; Barry Award, 2001; Macavity Award, 2001

Liss's Latest

Published Works

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								The Ethical Assassin: A Novel, Author: 
								David Liss.

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The Ethical Assassin: A Novel
by David Liss
17-year-old Lem Altick has a problem. While selling encyclopedias he witnesses the killing of two potential customers. Unless he cooperates with the assassin, a vegan animal-rights activist with a series of lessons to impart, he risks being implicated in the crime. In his first contemporary thriller, Edgar Award-winning novelist Liss writes a twisted tale that mixes just the right touch of levity with serious philosophical issues.

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								The Coffee Trader, Author: 
								David Liss.
*  A Conspiracy of Paper (2000)
*  The Coffee Trader (2003)
*  A Spectacle of Corruption (2004)
*  The Ethical Assassin: A Novel (2006)

A Writer's Rituals

In our interview with Liss, we asked him to tell us about some of his writing rituals. "I don’t really have any rituals except I write best in the morning," he admits. "I have to shower and get dressed first (none of this writing-in-my-PJs stuff for me), and I often consume massive quantities of coffee."

Liss's Reading Recommendations

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								High Fidelity, Author: 
								Nick Hornby.

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High Fidelity
by Nick Hornby
We asked Liss to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books, and Nick Hornby's High Fidelity made his list. "Sure, it’s a cliché. All guys of my generation love this book," he admits. "The truth about guyness and all that. But Hornby is a genuinely talented wordsmith with an unfailing gift for humor, character insight and pure linguistic fun."

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								A Man in Full, Author: 
								Tom Wolfe.

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A Man in Full
by Tom Wolfe
Liss also named Tom Wolfe's sweeping satire A Man in Full as a must-read, calling it "smart, funny, brilliantly observed, well written, and full of great tension and satisfying moments." Read our interview to learn more about Liss's best-loved books, including:

*Amelia  by Henry Fielding
*Cecilia  by Frances Burney
*Way We Live Now  by Anthony Trollope
*An Instance of the Fingerpost  by Iain Pears
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