A clever, pacey thriller set around the search for a lost Shakespearean play. A lost manuscript and it's secrets buried for centuries. An encrypted trail that leads to incalculable wealth. A distinguished Shakespearean scholar tortured to death. All clues inn a dangerous hunt to find a hidden treasure that men are willing to kill -- and die -- for! DROWNED BOOK is a complex, tricksy, action-packed literary mystery tale. It centres upon the book of the title --which might just be the long-lost autograph manuscript of Shakespeare's last play 'Mary Queen of Scots', written to rehabilitate the new King's mother in the the minds of the nation; and offers the reader entrance into a world in which antiquarian books collectors, bookbinding experts, literary academia, intellectual rights lawyers and Russian gangsters butt up against one another in a thoroughly violent but engaging and page-turning fashion.
Michael Gruber has a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami. He lives in Seattle, Washington, and is currently at work on another novel.