The Rembrandt Secret Paperback
by Alex Connor
A centuries-old conspiracy is about to explode into the present with devastating consequences.
The first victim was forced to swallow stones. The second was whipped to death. The third was stabbed in the heart. A deadly serial killer is taking people down across London and New York.
What did they all know? Why were they butchered? Who else is in the killer's sights? And how can they be stopped? Inspired by real events in the artist's life, The Rembrandt Secret is an incredible page-turner that combines deadly murder and the hidden truth behind one of the world's most famous artists.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 20/01/2011
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781849163460
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Review by adpaton
Any book combining centuries-old conspiracies, betrayal, secret documents, murder, and the art world is bound to elicit comparison with the dread Dan Brown and the unfortunate cover-art of the edition I read appeared to deliberately evoke that frenetically-pace ‘Da Vinci Code’ feeling. But The Rembrandt secret is no Da Vinci Code, and artist and media personality Alex Connor is certainly no Dan Brown: for a start she can write, and write well with a wonderful flair for visual imagery. Secondly, her knowledgeable insights into the art world are factually accurate as well as fascinating. What if Rembrandt had a son, and many of the incredibly valuable pictures credited to the master were in fact painted by his pupil, the relatively unknown son? What would that do to the prices of his work and how far would major players in the art world and beyond go to protect the value of their investment by hiding the truth? At what stage should the search for truth give way to economic necessity? Connor presents a convincing scenario with believable reactions: The Rembrandt Secret can be enjoyed thoroughly with little or no suspension of disbelief – Dan and his disciples should take heed.