Burrowing through the goldsmiths’ quarters and hidden archives of London, Tokyo, and Istanbul, Katharine Sterne is on the trail of a ruby, diamond, and pearl brooch once worn by Queen Elizabeth I. Interwoven with the tale of her hunt is that of a pair of Iraqi Jewish brothers who traveled to London two hundred years earlier with fortunes made from an unearthed jar of priceless stones. Spanning two continents and six centuries, The Love of Stones follows three very different people, each consumed by the same desire—possession of the legendary jewel—which binds their stories together in an irresistible quest.
“Equal parts mystery-thriller, literary novel and history lesson...an intriguing high-tension novel.” —Los Angeles Times
“If there is such a thing as a poet’s thriller, Tobias Hill’s new novel, The Love of Stones, is that.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Absorbing...compelling...[with] the urgent readability of a detective novel.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Rendered with lush poetic detail...Its intrigue, its precision and its intellectual sophistication make it a glittering production and a carefully honed, delicious quest.” —The Dallas Morning News