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The Forgers

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,345 ratings  ·  297 reviews
The rare book world is stunned when a reclusive collector, Adam Diehl, is found on the floor of his Montauk home: hands severed, surrounded by valuable inscribed books and original manuscripts that have been vandalized beyond repair. Adam's sister, Meghan, and her lover, Will-a convicted if unrepentant literary forger-struggle to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehe ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Mysterious Press
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Jeffrey Keeten
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
”Book collecting,” he memorably told me, though at the time I couldn’t fully grasp his theory, “is an act of faith. It’s all about the preservation of culture, custodianship, and that’s why when I add a book to the collection I’m taking on the responsibility of keeping it safe. And then there’s the joy of the chase, of striving to find a copy of a book that helped make me who I am. But not just any copy--the copy, the most historically interesting and finest copy you can find. Most of all it’s a ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The Forgers could be a quick read as it is only 258 pages. Do yourself a favor and take your time; savor the imagery and the beauty of the language in this expertly paced, literary thriller.
A brutal beginning could put some readers off. "They never found his hands." we are told in the opening line. Adam Diehl, a player in the rare book circle is found, in his apartment amongst the chaos of bloody, vandalized manuscripts, his severed hands missing, holding on to life by a thread. If you have su
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Got this one from first reads...
I'll begin by saying that anticlimactic is the word that is lighting up like a neon sign...
Nothing particularly bad, but for a thriller/crime/suspense book that begins with a guy getting his hands cut off...I feel like I might feel more emotion reading a cookbook.
And the "twist" at the end doesn't help. Somehow, in this book, the shocking fails to shock.
Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
The great thing about The Forgers is the setting -- the book world of Manhattan, the collectors, the dealers, the scouts, the forgers. It's set in the present, but these characters are surrounded by a world of print and physical books and don't care much about the internet or iPads and such. It could very well have taken place fifty years ago.

The narrator, who you immediately suspect to be unreliable, is a forger of literary autographs and letters, and quite a good one, if he does say so himself
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting. A genuine literary thriller/murder mystery, treat for any bibliophile and yet not quite a winner. Morrow's obviously a competent writer, his narrative is easy and (since this is my first read of his, I have no idea if this is one off or a standard) stylized as something of a pastiche to bygone days of maybe Doyle himself, after the literary hero of Morrow's literary forger. It is an easy and fairly enjoyable read, although there is a particularly muddled quality to the mystery aspec ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2014
“Narrator Will and Adam Diehl have something in common: they are both forgers, able to produce and sell authentic-looking inscriptions of Arthur Conan Doyle and Henry James’ books. When Adam is found bludgeoned and missing his hands, Will is inevitably drawn into the murder investigation. The clues and horror mount until realization bursts upon the reader at the end.”

Nancy Russell, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, OH
Mark Watkins
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
intriguing premise but ultimately not that satisfying...
Cindy Roesel
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
"They never found his hands."

Isn't that a wonderful opening sentence?

It's from Bradford Morrow's new novel, THE FORGERS (Grove/Atlantic/MysteriousPress). I'm unacquainted with the antiquarian book world so I was quite interested to check out his literary mystery especially when I learned it was about the dark side of the rare book world. Well, I was quite surprised to read there is even such a thing ... a dark side?

Rare book collector Adam Diehl is found murdered at the desk of his Montauk, Long
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, vine, own
What makes this book so intriguing is the narrator and main character, whose name is only mentioned once. Will is a convicted forger of signatures and manuscripts and successfully passed off remarkable inscriptions in rare antique books as authentic. Though he is incredibly proud of his craft, when he is finally caught (exposed, technically), he swears off forgery forever to satisfy the love of his life, Meghan. When Meghan’s brother Adam, who is also involved in the rare book trade, is horrific ...more
R.A. Raab
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I was hoping for wonderful things when I cracked open The Forgers by Bradford Morrow. After all, it’s billed as a bibliophile’s mystery, set in and around the world of antiquarian books. But I soon found myself wishing that the locale had stayed within the book world of New York City and not moving back and forth to a cottage in Ireland. I also found myself wishing that the story–in a slim volume, no less–would move a little quicker. After all, you know rather early on who the bad guy is, and t ...more
Très bon roman, le monde des bibliophiles, des livres rares, et des faux. Belle écriture.
Sofia Gonçalves
"Os Falsários" de Bradford Murrow é um policial recente que se desenrola no mundo escondido dos livros raros e das falsicações literárias. Quando vemos esta última frase e lemos a primera do livro, somos logos embalados num mundo de crime e intriga, charme e mistério.

Contudo, na minha opinião este livro falhou. A história começa com a descrição de um crime, um pouco bárbaro, de uma personagem que ao longo do livro não conseguimos criar carisma mas que de facto foi uma vitima. Essa vitima era um
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Welcome to world of rare books, their collectors and their forgers, of which Will is one of the best. Not only is his line of work profitable because he does it so well, but it gives him a thrill every time a perfectly forged signature comes from his pen. Will firmly believes he is “improving” the rare books as he adds signatures as well as building a “more interesting” history for the books and their long dead authors. How could that be a bad thing? As is bound to happen, Will is exposed as a f ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A friend was trying to remember the title of an old P.D. James novel. "Y'know, the one with the hands.'' Actually, no hands. Unnatural Causes opens with a memorably creepy sentence: "The corpse without hands lay in the bottom of a small sailing dinghy drifting just within sight of the Suffolk coast.''

Severed hands also figure in two chilly new crime novels. In Bradford Morrow's artful The Forgers (Grove Atlantic, digital galley), rare book collector Adam Diehl is found murdered in his Montauk ho
Dec 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I had high expectations for The Forgers based on reviews. As a thriller, it was truly disappointing: the ending was telegraphed from the beginning. The narrator was reliably unreliable; as a narcissist, his continual monologue prevents other characters from developing. If the intent was to illuminate a character, this, too, was a failure. Writing an unreliable narrator takes eloquent skill to key the reader into what has happened. Because of glowing recommendations, I expected to see such skill ...more
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This literary thriller is so well written that it will take some time to finish reading. You might want to reread every sentence, every word of it.
It's all about book collectors, booksellers, old books and manuscripts, and of course, forgers.
A famous book collector is found murdered and one of the suspects is Will, his future brother in law who once was arrested for forgery. Nothing is proven but soon Will starts to receive threatening letters written in the hand of long dead authors. Will, fee

I guess this was primarily a mystery, but it definitely had a literary feel to it. I thought it was pretty decent. I certainly wasn't blown away by it, but I liked it. Totally middle of the road.
Desde que este livro foi editado em Portugal que despertou a minha curiosidade, afinal qual não é o livrólico que não gosta de uma história de/com livros?
O livro começa de com algo que nos deixa logo curiosos, um crime violento contra um falsificador de livros, mas a polícia não consegue descobrir o culpado. A história é narrada por Will, cunhado na vítima e cedo percebemos que ele foi também, em tempos, um falsificador que foi descoberto.
Se inicialmente estava bem interessada no livro, o certo
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written, carefully constructed psychological thriller. Thus, for me, it is more of a 3.5 star read down from 4. [1]
We have a very convincing narrator that would talk you out of your undies quite easily.
This book is not about sex but about the world of rare book selling and the determination of legitimacy of signed copies and/or accompanying "found" letters penned by said authors of the past, near and far. There are many who practice the "art" of forgery and some are not found
Daniela Maciel
Como thriller, creio que o livro deixa muito a desejar. Não tem suspense nem reviravoltas capazes de prender o leitor, nem pistas para desvendarmos o mistério.

Opinião completa: http://quandoseabreumlivro.blogspot.p...
Jan 04, 2015 added it
Hmmm. Actually, my first response at the end was "Hmph!"
I think I get what he was trying to do here - write a mystery in the style of Sherlock Holmes, with a book collecting twist. But it didn't work for me. I figured out the ending about halfway through, and just finished to see if I was right. I was. I NEVER figure out whodunnit in mysteries, so this is rather a bad sign.
When I saw the endorsement by Nicholas Basbanes, I thought that was good enough for me. But turns out he is a friend of the
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an excellent book. I have yet to be disappointed in a Bradford Morrow book.

This relatively short thriller is set in the world of book collectors and those who forge literary letters and inscriptions. The mystery is who killed Adam Diehl, until of course, the reader is lulled briefly into thinking that maybe the book is a bit of a love story. Then the story quickens again when the narrator is blackmailed with letters written in the hand of famous authors. At which point the pace of the book
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What at first looks like a standard, although elegantly written, mystery, is in fact one of the best recent noir novels I've come across. I don't want to say more and spoil the fun, but if you like noir READ THIS!
O Informador
Os Falsários, da autoria de Bradford Morrow, encontra-se entre os Melhores Livros do Ano da Financial Times mas não foi por isso que este romance lançado em Portugal pela Clube do Autor me conseguiu conquistar.
Com uma história onde o mundo dos livros volta a ter destaque, o romance e mistério juntam-se numa só obra para convidar o leitor a seguir as pistas deixadas sobre o mistério que envolve a morte de um falsificador de cartas, mensagens e enigmas importantes. A narrativa inicia-se com Will,
Lisa Konet
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book about books and the love of reading. That's where the fuzzy stuff ends...This book basically has 3 main characters: Adam Diehl, his sister Meghan, and her lover/boyfriend Will.

Will and Adam both are book forgers of classic authors. Adam gets murdered for being found out but there is oh such more tied to the mystery of his death. Meghan, Adam's sister is heartbroken about his death, but know Will has unresolved feelings about Adam because of their shared love of books...
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me ha decepcionado. Está muy bien escrito (la traducción de Julia Osuna al español es magnífica), pero la historia es previsible y no me enganchó demasiado.
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Bradford Morrow has lived for the past thirty years in New York City and rural upstate New York, though he grew up in Colorado and lived and worked in a variety of places in between. While in his mid-teens, he traveled through rural Honduras as a member of the Amigos de las Americas program, serving as a medical volunteer in the summer of 1967. The following year he was awarded an American Field S ...more
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