Nell Young, a gifted yet disgraced cartographer, thought she would never return to the New York Public Library where she was fired and humiliated by her boss, mentor, and hero, Dr. Daniel Young, her father. Seven years later, Nell is summoned to the NYPL and learns of her father's murder. Despite having not spoken to him in years, Nell finds herself immediately immersed in researching his last project, the same map that led to her firing and ruin of her career. Dr. Daniel Young was furious when Nell discovered the 1930's New York gas station map in library storage and he insisted it was worthless. Yet, in the end, it was the one thing he left her and she soon discovers it is the last of its kind and highly sought after by cartographers everywhere. Why then did he treat her discovery the way he did all those years ago and why did he destroy her career? As Nell starts to unlock the secrets of the map, its origins and its power, she hopes to solve the mystery of her father's murder and get the answers she needs to move forward. The Cartographers brings the suspense, fantasy, dual timelines and multiple narrators that made this book impossible to put down. I would recommend this to anyone who knows a good adventure starts in the library.— Sara
“A can’t-put-it-down immersive magical mystery that kept me up late to read. Anyone with an affinity for antique maps, the NY Public Library, and twisty-turny reveals will dig this. Highly entertaining with a superb cast of characters.”
— Cheri Anderson, The Bookloft (MA), Great Barrington, MA
From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father's belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret--one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family's dark history.
What is the purpose of a map?
Nell Young's whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field, and Nell's personal hero. But she hasn't seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.
But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can't resist investigating. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable, and also exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence... because a mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last one--along with anyone who gets in the way.
To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret, and discover the true power that lies in maps...
Perfect for fans of Joe Hill and V.E. Schwab, The Cartographers is an ode to art and science, history and magic--a spectacularly imaginative, modern story about an ancient craft and places still undiscovered.
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