Connecting the centuries.
After nearly completing an untraditional biography of Isaac Newton focused on his interest in alchemy, Cambridge scholar Elizabeth Vogelsang is found drowned in the river Cam. Her son, Cameron, asks his former flame, Lydia Brooke, to finish the book. Lydia moves into Elizabeth's house and finds herself in the midst of death: murders in the 17th century that allowed Newton to pursue his studies at Cambridge, and the murders of others in the present, which may be related to Elizabeth's controversial research. As Lydia starts to sense supernatural workings and a "ghostwalk" to the 17th century, the past and the present, as well as science and the occult, converge.
Spiegel & Grau. 284 pages. $24.95. ISBN: 0385521065
Los Angeles Times EXCELLENT
"Instead of a reanimated Newton dancing to the rhythm of a contemporary novelist's imagination, we get something better: a carefully researched vision of Cambridge circa 1665; a peek at the great scholar's obsessive genius as he explores the laws of light and a real set of deaths left unresolved. ... [Ghostwalk leaves] a lingering impression of a world richer, and more precarious, than we imagine." JANICE P. NIMURA
NY Times Book Review EXCELLENT
"The pages she includes in Ghostwalk from Elizabeth Vogelsang's fictional manuscript on Newton, replete with footnotes and illustrations, are utterly convincing. ... [Stott] manages to invoke both the non-causal entanglements of quantum physics and the paranoid conspiracies of Pynchon and DeLillo. Her home terrain, however, is the river-riven landscape of the human heart." CHRISTOPHER BENFEY
South FL Sun-Sentinel EXCELLENT
"Ghostwalk drips with the atmosphere of Cambridge. ... Stott keeps the gothic tones high, while not neglecting the mystery elements or the contemporary story that pulls Ghostwalk together." OLINE H. COGDILL
USA Today EXCELLENT
"Historians know little about the reclusive Newton, and British...