On Sale: September 18, 2007
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Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana,
a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a
trace in the middle of the night.
the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator
Geneviéve Delacloche is shocked to discover the
disappearance of the Society's greatest treasure,
White-on-White by Suprematist painter Kasimir Malevich.
London: At the National Gallery of Modern Art,
the museum's latest acquisition is stolen just hours after
it was purchased for more than six million pounds.
In The Art Thief, three thefts are simultaneously
investigated in three cities, but these apparently isolated
crimes have much more in common than anyone imagines. In
Rome, the police enlist the help of renowned art
investigator Gabriel Coffin when tracking down the stolen
masterpiece. In Paris, Geneviéve Delacloche is aided by
Police Inspector Jean-Jacques Bizot, who finds a trail of
bizarre clues and puzzles that leads him ever deeper into a
baffling conspiracy. In London, Inspector Harry Wickenden of
Scotland Yard oversees the museum's attempts to ransom back
its stolen painting, only to have the masterpiece's recovery
deepen the mystery even further.
A dizzying array
of forgeries, overpaintings, and double-crosses unfolds as
the story races through auction houses, museums, and private
galleries -- and the secret places where priceless works of
art are made available to collectors who will stop at
nothing to satisfy their hearts' desires.
fascinating art-historical detail, crackling dialogue, and a
brain-teasing plot, Noah Charney's debut novel is a
sophisticated, stylish thriller, as irresistible and
multifaceted as a great work of art.
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