Paris, 1922—Ernest Hemingway asks his young wife, Hadley, to pack up every last scrap of his work into a single suitcase and join him in Switzerland.
While Hadley waits for her train in the Gare de Lyon, the suitcase containing a year’s worth of Hemingway stories vanishes, never to be seen again. Until now.
Henry “Coop” Cooper is having a hard time writing his new novel between sipping rum and lounging on a Baja beach with hotel owner Grady Doyle. When Grady tries to save a drunk from two thugs, Coop tags along for the sake of a good story. The drunk is Ebbie Milch, a small time thief on the run in Mexico because he has stolen the never-before-seen first draft of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast from a wealthy rare book dealer.
The manuscript is more than just a rare piece of literary history. It reveals clues to the contents of the lost suitcase and a conspiracy wherein the then-unpublished Hemingway will go to whatever lengths to get published.
But Coop and Grady aren’t the only ones with their eyes on this elusive literary prize, and what starts as a hunt for a legendary writer’s lost works becomes a deadly adventure.
For Coop this story could become the book of a lifetime…if he lives long enough to write it.
“Carl Hiaasen’s got nothing on Shaun Harris. The Hemingway Thief is by turns funny, exciting, and even poignant, and it’s the most fun I’ve had with a book all year. Harris is a major talent and needs to be read!” —D. E. Johnson, author of The Detroit Electric Scheme
Shaun Harris is a freelance writer. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two kids. This is his first novel.