The Forgers by Bradford Morrow begins with a gruesome murder of a forger, Adam. His hands have been severed and taken. Books and such, both real and fake were destroyed. He pissed someone off. His sister, Meghan, who owns a bookstore dates a man, Will, who is also a forger. Will receives threatening letters and then is arrested. Someone is stalking book forgers. Our hero is blackmailed again, this time by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I do love these literary oriented books as we are tiptoeing through a garden of authors and their works as we traverse the world of book forgery and selling. The blackmailing comes again and this time after liquidating everything the couple move to Dublin where Meghan was born and now becomes pregnant. They are now living in Dublin and the blackmailer, Mr. Slader, may be back. An interesting fact about forgers is that they become counterfeit themselves as people.
A notion, an idea comes during the ballet between victim and foe, Will and Slader, think of making it public intrigues and scares our combatants. Public is always the way to go. It’s simple, gather from the primaries and then publish a primary to be peer reviewed and passed on. Now as in passed on, this story speaks volumes to the thesis of publishing for the sole purpose of preserving said work for the future and so the soul of one generation passes on to the next. Now I’m still not sure what “it” is. Calligraphy is a beautiful art and should be learned when young to be of value.