Set in 1866, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton— winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize — is a murder mystery that takes place during the New Zealand gold rush. When a man named Walter Moody comes to pursue a gold fortune, he comes across a group of 12 men who have gathered in secret to talk about a series of unsolved crimes. He's drawn to the cases, which include a wealthy man's disappearance, a prostitute who tried to end her life, and a huge fortune that's found in the home of a well-known drunk.
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