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The Tulip Virus

The Tulip Virus

Danielle Hermans

Minotaur Books

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A gripping debut mystery set in contemporary London with roots in 17th century Holland and the mysterious tulip trade

In 1636 Alkmaar, Holland, Wouter Winckel's brutally slaughtered body is found in the barroom of his inn, an antireligious pamphlet stuffed in his mouth. Winckel was a respected tulip-trader and owned the most beautiful collection of tulips in the United Republic of the Low Countries, including the most coveted and expensive bulb of them all, the Semper Augustus. But why did he have to die and who wanted him dead?

In 2007 London, history seems to be repeating itself. Dutchman Frank Schoeller is found in his home by his nephew, Alec. Severely wounded, he is holding a 17th-century book about tulips, seemingly a reference to the reason for his death moments later. With the help of his friend Damien Vanlint, an antique dealer from Amsterdam, Alec tries to solve the mystery, but soon comes to realize that he and his friend's own lives are now in danger.

The Tulip Virus is a fast-paced, fascinating mystery based on the real-life events surrounding the collapse of the tulip bubble in 17th century Holland—the first such occurrence in history—a story that plunges readers deeply into questions of free will, science, and religion, while showing the dark fruits of greed, pride, and arrogance.

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“this taut thriller...unfolds with dramatic timing that is enhanced by a dual story...Danielle Hermans has managed to write a wonderfully structured novel based on meticulous research and an imaginative theme. At the same time, she's avoided a common pitfall of authors who may tend to become wordy and pontifical in narratives that reveal copious historical information. This very satisfying historical mystery lays the groundwork for what may become a shibboleth for this author.” —NewYork Journal of Books

“Hermans reveals how the past can impact the present and gives us a fascinating lesson in the history of the tulip industry, much as Michelle Wan has done in her mysteries about rare orchids...Sure to appeal to fans of contemporary mysteries with historical backdrop.” —Library Journal

“...intriguing...Hermans moves back and forth between the 17th and 21st centuries with ease and creates a historical mystery with contemporary relevance, a timeless tale of freedom and funamentalism.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Hermans...has build an excellent first novel around them and their crash. Hermans is a smart researcher and a clever writer. She works plenty of historical colour into her plot, taking us into the heart of old Holland as Alec and Damian follow the trail that's nearly 400 years old. There are also some bits of arcana for Da Vinci Code fans, and a really nice, slick twist at the end.” —The Globe and Mail

The Tulip Virus is an elegant, taut, eerily familiar tale about a murderous legacy of greed, bubble and bust.” —John MacLachlan Gray, author of The Fiend in Human and Not Quite Dead

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Danielle Hermans

DANIELLE HERMANS works as a freelance communication consultant and lives in Bilthoven, the Netherlands.

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