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School of Night
by Louis Bayard
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Griffin, 2012 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

In the sixteenth century a group of scholars had a secret school known as the School of Night. They met to discuss things that were dark and menacing and also forbidden truths of the realm. Their leader, Thomas Harriot, was a reclusive scientist attracted to a young housekeeper. He took her under his wing and made her a student, most diligent as a mentor and with his affections.

In the modern day, Henry Cavendish is the executor of his friend Alonzo Wax's estate. Wax apparently jumped off a bridge, a suicide. Henry, a disgraced Elizabethan scholar, is hired to find a missing letter dating back to the 1600's, supposedly once in Alonzo's possession. Henry meets a woman, Clarissa Dale, who helps him try to unravel the mystery. This ends up placing them in terrible peril in a world of ancient secrets. One of these secrets circles around a forgotten genius and the woman he loved.

The School of Night needs to be savored slowly and meticulously. The novel is full of intellectual thrills, well written, fast paced, gripping, and with many twists and turns that will leave you totally entertained.

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