Meet the author Daniel Levin

Books and Books. August 6th, 2009.  8:00 p.m.

Author Daniel Levin will be reading and signing his first novel The Last Ember on Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. at Books and Books Coral Gables. Jonathan Marcus was a promising young archeologist studying at the American Academy in Rome when a terrible accident during an illegal excavation resulted in a friend’s death and Jonathan’s expulsion from the academy. Jonathan abandoned archaeology for the law, developing a reputation as a skillful advocate for some of the art world’s less scrupulous antiquities dealers.

When his firm sends Jonathan to Rome to discredit the testimony of a prominent U.N. antiquities official, he’s stunned to discover that the expert is Dr. Emili Travia, a friend and fellow student at the academy who was also at the excavation. This chance reunion prompts Jonathan, against his better judgment, to help Emili as she searches for the fabled Tabernacle Menorah, a priceless historical artifact seized by Roman invaders in the first century A.D. and brought to Rome where it disappeared. As they scour the ancient sites of Rome for hints to the menorah’s whereabouts – deciphering clues to its location left by ancient spies and eighteenth century art restorers – it quickly becomes clear that they are not alone in their quest.

What follows is a treasure hunt like no other, a race to find the menorah in order to control a historical perspective of who can define – and redefine – the past.

By turns a riveting page-turner and a compelling character study, set in the high-stakes arenas of art, politics, and terrorism, The Last Ember is a provocative and fast-paced glimpse into history, religion, and international law.

Daniel Levin earned his bachelor’s degree in Roman and Greek civilizations from the University of Michigan. He graduated Harvard Law School with honors and clerked for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. He was a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2004 and practiced international law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. He currently lives in New York City with his wife.

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