One disadvantage to having written a book as superlative as The Quincunx is that it is so easy for your subsequent work to come off as less so in comparison. Although I'm inclined to find it an objectively less-satisfying book, it is unlikely, for instance, that one of my complaints would be that the plot (involving forged documents, scholarly rivalries, unsolved murders, etc.) is too simple
, were not my expectations pegged by that earlier novel.
Still, in spite of some saminess, a solid and entertaining read.