By Aaron Elkins
Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance artwork professional, heads to Berlin to help in mounting a sensational convey: The Plundered Past—twenty necessary previous Masters looted via the Nazis, notion for many years to be misplaced endlessly, and only in the near past rediscovered.
yet issues quick get out of hand while Chris’s patrician, fastidious boss, after sensing a forgery within the lot, turns up lifeless the very subsequent day—on the stairs of a gloomy Frankfurt brothel, of all locations. Now, Chris faces a frightening activity: discovering a counterfeit art one of the masterpieces—and an all-too-real killer whose attractions are actually set on him.
A misleading Clarity is the 1st within the Chris Norgren Mysteries via the a number of award–winning author of the Gideon Oliver “Skeleton Detective” novels—a celebrated grasp who “thoroughly is familiar with the paintings of the homicide secret” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
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I had known from the start what he'd been referring to. A year earlier, the museum had bid for and won a contract from the Department of Defense to organize and administer Treasures of Four Centuries: The Plundered Past Recovered. This was to be an extraordinary exhibition of twenty paintings lent by Claudio Bolzano, an eminent Italian collector. Bolzano often lent and sometimes gave his paintings to public galleries, but this, as far as I knew, was the first show totally devoted to his pieces.
This last was done almost entirely through Rita. Bev and I had spoken only twice since she'd left, and both times I'd wound up shouting at her, practically foaming at the mouth. That had shaken me, if not her. I couldn't recall ever having been truly, quiveringly furious with anyone else in my life, and certainly I'd never been reduced to incoherent raving. The divorce was teaching me a few unwelcome things about myself too. All in all, a few months in Europe sounded like just what I needed. Moreover, as Tony was quick to point out, Peter had already done the hard work.
What right did Bev feel she had to any part of the Vermeer book? I'd put together almost all of it in a twelve-week burst of desperate energy during the bleak, miserable period right after she'd left me fourteen months before. "No," I said, "absolutely not," and caved in immediately. " "Well, now, Chris, I don't think we should舒" "Why exactly nine-and-three-quarters percent, for Christ's sake? " "It's a little complicated," Rita said with a laugh, relieved that I wasn't rejecting the idea outright.
A Deceptive Clarity (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins