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THE CORAL THIEF. Rebecca Stott/ Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pounds 15.99. YOUNG medical student Daniel Connor travels from Derbyshire to Paris in 1815 full of anticipation for what the future holds as an apprentice to the famous Dr Cuvier.

Along with a letter of recommendation from Edinburgh Medical School, Daniel is carrying with him several specimens of rare coral to hand to Dr Cuvier. However, his future in Paris is jeopardised when an enigmatic woman, with whom he strikes up conversation, then disappears into the night taking his corals with her.

Stott successfully conjures the atmosphere of the intoxicating Parisian underworld, expertly depicts Daniel's naivety and explores scientific debate of the time. Unfortunately, none of this is quite enough to compensate for a plot that fails to generate enough intrigue. STEPHENIE MURRAY
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2010
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