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A Deceptive Clarity (Hardcover)
A Deceptive Clarity (Hardcover): Aaron J. Elkins
A Deceptive Clarity (Hardcover): Aaron J. Elkins

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Aaron J. Elkins

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Elkins has switched hero-sleuths from anthropology (The Dark Place, 1983) to art history in the person of Chris Norgren, sent by his San Francisco Museum boss to help install a show of Old Masters owned by collector Claudio Bolzano at the American Army base in Berlin. Coolly elegant curator Peter Van Corflandt meets Chris briefly on his arrival, drops an enigmatic hint about a forgery amongst the paintings, takes off for Frankfurt and is found dead in sordid surroundings a day later. Chris spends the next couple of weeks getting almost killed in an attempted storeroom robbery, falling for Air Force Captain Anne Greene, flying to Frankfurt, London and Florence - as he struggles to identity, the forgery - and escaping bullets and a bomb along the way. Eventually, he finds the so-called forgery and Van Cortlandt's murderer as well, but the complex solution seems undermotivated for all the mayhem involved. Chris is a likable sort and things move at a lively clip, but this is a feast for the art-oriented only. Others may find it more of a famine. (Kirkus Reviews)
Chris Norgren, Assistant Curator of Art at the San Francisco Museum, is dispatched to Berlin to assist his boss, Peter Van Cortlandt, in mounting an exhibition. Peter tells him that one of the paintings is possibly a forgery, but before he can tell him which, he is murdered.


Imprint: Severn House Publishers Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 1993
Authors: Aaron J. Elkins
Dimensions: 224 x 147mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
ISBN-13: 978-0-7278-4424-8
Barcode: 9780727844248
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Crime & mystery
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Crime & mystery > General
LSN: 0-7278-4424-5

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