The Intelligencer by Leslie Silbert

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On May 30, 1593, London's most popular playwright was stabbed to death. The royal coroner ruled that Christopher Marlowe was killed in self-defense, but historians have long suspected otherwise, given his role as an "intelligencer" in the queen's secret service.
In sixteenth-century London, Marlowe embarks on his final intelligence assignment, hoping to find his missing muse, as well as the culprits behind a high-stakes smuggling scheme.
In present-day New York, grad student turned private eye Kate Morgan is called in on an urgent matter. One of her firm's top clients, a London-based financier, has chanced upon a mysterious manuscript that had been buried for centuries -- one that someone, somewhere is desperate to steal. What secret lurks in those yellowed, ciphered pages? And how, so many years later, could it drive someone to kill?
As Kate sets off for England, she receives a second assignment. An enigmatic art dealer has made an eleven-million-dollar purchase from an Iranian intelligence officer. Is it a black-market antiquities deal, or something far more sinister? Like Marlowe, Kate moonlights as a spy -- her P.I. firm doubles as an off-the-books U.S. intelligence unit -- and she is soon caught like a pawn in a deadly international game. As The Intelligencer's interlocking narratives race toward a stunning collision, and Kate closes in on the truth behind Marlowe's sudden death, it becomes clear that she may have sealed a similar fate for herself.
Propelling us from the shadows of the sixteenth-century underworld to the glitter of Queen Elizabeth's court, from the dark corridors of a clandestine American op-center to the cliffs of Capri, The Intelligencer is at once a murder mystery, a tale of poetic inspiration, and a richly detailed foray into parallel worlds of espionage and political intrigue separated by centuries.

About Leslie Silbert

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Leslie Silbert graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's and master's degree in the History of Science and studied Renaissance literature at Oxford. She works as a private investigator in New York City under the guidance of a former CIA officer and is currently writing her second Kate Morgan novel. For more information, please visit
Published February 24, 2004 by Atria Books. 364 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In contemporary New York, Kate Morgan, English Renaissance scholar turned PI, is directed by her firm—which doubles as an undercover U.S. intelligence unit—to look into the attempted burglary from the home of a dashing London financial whiz of a leather-bound volume of 16th-century intelligence r...

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In New York, London-based forensic accounting wizard Cidro Medina meets with former English Renaissance scholar turned sleuth Kate Morgan to discuss the corpse he found in his home.

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A cross-century spy thriller, THE INTELLIGENCER mixes modern and Elizabethan intrigue.

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The chapters in the novel are shifted between the present featuring Kate Morgan and the late 16th century with Christopher Marlowe.

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When one of the firm’s clients has someone break into his home to steal a mysterious manuscript, Kate is assigned to the case and soon learns that the manuscript contains top-secret English espionage reports from the sixteenth century.

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