By Aaron Elkins
Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance artwork professional, heads to Berlin to aid in mounting a sensational show: The Plundered Past—twenty precious previous Masters looted by means of the Nazis, inspiration for many years to be misplaced eternally, and just recently 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 depressing Frankfurt brothel, of all locations. Now, Chris faces a frightening job: discovering a counterfeit art one of the masterpieces—and an all-too-real killer whose points of interest at the moment are set on him.
A misleading Clarity is the 1st within the Chris Norgren Mysteries by means of the a number of award–winning author of the Gideon Oliver “Skeleton Detective” novels—a celebrated grasp who “thoroughly knows the artwork of the homicide secret” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
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I was trundled off down the long hallway trying to focus on the questions that were already beginning to flutter off out of reach. Could I really have stumbled on Peter's forgery by having it literally thrown in my face? It seemed unlikely. And how did that tweedy little man know it was a forgery? Peter had said no one knew. Was there a second fake? If so, why hadn't Peter mentioned it? And ... and ... It was too much to think about. Instead, I found myself sleepily and contentedly absorbed in the neon ceiling lights whizzing by like the lights of local train stations seen from a night express, and in the warm, lovely sensation of giving myself entirely into the competent, responsible hands of others.
She cleared her throat. "She's tossed in a new wrinkle. " Our counteroffer ... nothing we can't live with.... It was certainly nice to have a lawyer who suffered through these things with you. " "Nine and ... " I was surprised and angry in about equal measure. 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.
He laid the pencil carefully on the gleaming table. "How'd you like to spend a month or two in Europe? " I hesitated, which may seem strange, but overseas travel is nothing extraordinary for a curator (another one of those little perks). Besides, there were some personal problems keeping me in San Francisco. I shrugged gloomily. "I don't know, Tony. I'm not舒" The ringing of the telephone cut me off. Tony picked it up. " He held it out to me and made a pious face. "Miss Culletson. " Miss Culletson's telephone manner was as crisp, cool, and businesslike as her person.