That's a couple positives for the new Michael Gruber, but I'm very glad that my guy Ron Charles is in agreement over at the Washington Post. Charles is one of the best reviewers around and he knows what he's talking about.
"Which may be why I'm such a sucker for this relatively new genre of books that are literally literary thrillers -- stories in which some pudgy book guy is propelled into a vortex of romance, crime and intrigue. If you love books -- their physical presence, the craft of making them, the art of collecting them -- then you already may well have enjoyed Ross King's Ex Libris, Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind and a dozen others. Now make room on the shelf for a new guilty pleasure from Michael Gruber called The Book of Air and Shadows. It's smart enough to let you think you're still superior to that cousin who raves about The Da Vinci Code, but it's packed with enough excitement to keep your inner bibliophile as happy as a folio in vellum."
I'm not especially close to some of my more geographically scattered cousins, but I'm pretty sure they're a brighter lot.
The Book of Air and Shadows moves a bit slower than the Jimmy Paz trio, (Tropic of Night, etc.) but the guy's a natural storyteller and writes with a veteran's confidence; which of course he is.
Posted by Dave