By Aaron Elkins
Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance artwork professional, heads to Berlin to help in mounting a sensational show: The Plundered Past—twenty worthwhile outdated Masters looted via the Nazis, proposal for many years to be misplaced ceaselessly, and just recently rediscovered.
yet issues speedy get out of hand while Chris’s patrician, fastidious boss, after sensing a forgery within the lot, turns up useless the very subsequent day—on the stairs of a gloomy 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 attractions are actually 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 paintings of the homicide secret” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
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For starters, can you tell me anything about those two bozos in the storage room? " "Oh. " I think he repressed a sigh. Things were going to be harder than he'd anticipated. "Anything else? Were they tall? Short? White? Black? Did they say anything? Call each other by name? Were they skinny? " That took concentration, and it was a while before I replied. "Uh, white. Definitely white. And they didn't say anything. And ... uh . " 'Tall? " He was very good-humored, very pleasant, not at all impatient.
I suppose I should have known then that things weren't going to work out in the end. m. I was in my room at Columbia House. A message for me to call Corporal Jessick, the army clerk assigned to the show, had been left for me at the reception desk, and as soon as I'd made myself a cup of coffee in the electric percolator on a shelf over the bathroom sink, I dialed 2100. "Dr. Norgren? Hey, I'm glad you're out, sir. I heard what happened. " "That's wonderful. Listen, Colonel Robey flew in from Heidelberg this morning.
This was, after all, my first sight of the collection of masterpieces I was going to be responsible for. It was a good thing I did, because it saved my life. There was a hoarse, boarlike grunt, then a scraping noise, and from the darkness hurtled something that I thought in momentary confusion was some kind of vehicle rushing out at us. What it was was one of the crates, flung end over end through the doorway, so viciously that it splintered with a wrenching groan against the concrete-block wall of the corridor.