Lempriere's Dictionary

By Lawrence Norfolk

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It is 18th-century London and John Lempriere, a tender student, is writing a dictionary of classical mythology in an try and exorcise the demons raised by way of his father's violent and weird loss of life. whereas tending to his father's company affairs, Lempriere discovers a 150-year outdated conspiracy that has stored his relatives from its percentage of the fabulously prosperous East India corporation. yet as John starts off to untangle the years of poser and deceit, humans start to die, in ways in which replicate the very myths he's researching....

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