A tale of "chase and narrow escape, historical fact and speculation" that leads readers to wonder about the true survivors of a fallen dynasty.
Everybody knows that poets don?t sell many books or make much money.
Fewer people realize that writers of literary fiction don?t get rich either.
Only one of the five novels nominated for last year?s National Book Award sold more than 3,000 copies.
Ah, but genre fiction?that?s a get-rich-scheme, right?