The Coffee Trader: A Novel
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Date: November 2002
Duration: 12 hours 47 minutes
Amsterdam, 1659: On the worlds first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the citys close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the citys most envied merchants, Miguel has suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brothers canal-flooded basement, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.
Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success, a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called coffee. To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and face a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdams ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.
From the Trade Paperback edition.