Nicholas Hansard is a brilliant historian at a small New England college, but he has a second, secret, career with The White Group, a "consulting agency" with shadowy government connections. There, he is a genius at teasing secrets out of documents old and new. When Hansard's work exposes one of his closest friends as a Russian agent, and the friend then dies mysteriously, the connections seem all too clear.
Attempting to pigeonhole Scholars as a simple political thriller or spy novel would do a disservice to the book, since it also partakes of the paranoid conspiracy genre...the techno-thriller, and even a bit of alt-hist Elizabethean-punk. I find it to be firmly embedded in the broad fantastika canon, and believe that any reader who generally favors more cleanly delineated echt science fiction will cherish and welcome it ... Featuring much black humor, kinetic fight scenes, a certain cosmopolitan gravitas and savvy about ethics and utilitarianism, this book alternates tender, somber moments with vicious brawls, without one wasted word.
Whipping modern war games and Renaissance skullduggery into a frothy blend, this long out-of-print 1988 spy novel is part of the rediscovery of World Fantasy Award winner Ford’s legacy ... Ford (1957–2006) injects historical speculation about Marlowe and a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth into the deadly high-tech espionage and naval warfare, making a mélange that should catch the interest of readers of alternate histories and spy novels alike.