The greatest writer in history was a fraud and Joe Conrad has proof–the original, handwritten plays of William Shakespeare. The problem is, the handwriting is NOT Shakespeare’s! The manuscripts are worth a fortune, and a ruthless collector has hired a relentless mercenary to get them. First Folio takes readers on a modern treasure hunt as Joe and his colleagues search for answers from Berkeley to DC, and inevitably on to London and Stratford-upon-Avon.
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Praise for First Folio
“Four centuries after Will Shakespeare’s death, the Bard still manages to create murder most foul when a professor gets his hands on what appears to be Shakespeare’s original, handwritten plays. In Scott Evans’s fast-paced literary murder mystery, First Folio, Joe Conrad is sent a mysterious package and is struck dumb by its contents. The documents appear authentic, but it’s not clear if they’re in Shakespeare’s own hand. Conrad begins the hunt to determine the true author, putting himself and his family at risk of death from Benedict, a sadistic mercenary bent on recovering the same documents for his boss, a ruthless collector. It’s become a cliché to say, “I couldn’t put it down,” but in this case, it’s true. Unless you have a forgiving boss, don’t start reading this late at night as you’ll show up at work the next morning bleary-eyed from staying up all night to finish reading it.”
– Les Edgerton is the author of nine books, including the story collection Monday’s Meal and the writing text, Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go.
“With FIRST FOLIO, Scott Evans takes readers hostage in his compelling, page-turning mystery that gives us an intriguing twist to detective literature.”
– Rick Mofina, author of If Angels Fall, Now Way Back, Vengeance Road, and Six Seconds.
“Scott Evans has maliciously dropped another tightly coiled mystery on the protagonist he introduced in his suspenseful first novel, Tragic Flaws. He has added a great deal of throat-clutching action and, unbelievably, more tension. Readers will be seized with the dangers Joseph Conrad must again overcome, this time to solve the slaying of a beloved mentor and answer the mystery of who actually penned the works of Shakespeare. Dealing with intergenerational greed and historical literary fraud, ranging over two continents, First Folio is an unmissable addition to a series of literary mysteries that will keep us enthralled for years.”
– David Lloyd Sutton, Book Reviewer, the Sacramento and San Francisco Book Reviews and Reason Magazine.
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