The disappearance of a priceless Caravaggio in Rome and the famous 'White on White' by Russian painter Kasimir Malevich in Paris heralds the start of a series of seemingly unconnected art crimes across Europe.
Fitting the pieces together as they follow a trail of bluffs and double-bluffs, bizarre clues and intellectual puzzles, Inspector Jean-Jacques Bizot in Paris and Harry Wickenden of Scotland Yard come to realize that what at first appears a spate of random thefts is all part of a single master plan, and that they are being led ever deeper into a baffling conspiracy.
This fiendishly clever debut thriller takes us behind the scenes of the elite fine art world of auction houses, academia and museums to offer a fascinating view of art history, witty, fast-paced dialogue and an ever-surprising plot that twists its way from Rome to Paris to London and back again.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 04/08/2008
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781847391414
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Review by Rodo
I didn't expect much of this book when I bought it. I just wanted some entertainment.And strangely enough it wasn't the story itself that I disliked, it was the way it was written. The style and storytelling seemed rather amateurish to me on the whole, but the biggest problem were the characters.They are either walking and talking clichés (the French, especially), utterly unlikeable or both. And that's only the maybe ten main characters of a book that would have done better if it had focussed on just two or three of them instead of the whole cast.Another problem of the book is that the author can't tell us a great deal of what goes on in the characters head because he would otherwise ruin the surprise at the end that felt very artificial, predictable and disappointing. The halfway sympathetic characters of the book (not the heroes and the ones the author obviously liked best) lose in the end, and that just makes it all worse.
Review by Daftboy1
I wanted to like this book. I found some of the characters interesting but not very realistic. It did explain to me how you should look at paintings. But overall I just got confused and in the end didnt really care how had the real painting and who had the fakes.