A Deceptive Clarity (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins

By Aaron Elkins

An American museum curator in Berlin needs to discover a faux painting—and a true killer—in this secret from the Edgar Award–winning writer of Switcheroo.
 
Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance paintings professional, heads to Berlin to aid in mounting a sensational show: The Plundered Past—twenty precious previous Masters looted by means of the Nazis, proposal for many years to be misplaced without end, and just recently rediscovered.
 
yet issues quick get out of hand while Chris’s patrician, fastidious boss, after sensing a forgery within the lot, turns up lifeless the very subsequent day—on the stairs of a dark Frankfurt brothel, of all areas. Now, Chris faces a frightening activity: discovering a counterfeit paintings 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 via 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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I called for a medic. " That's me, I reflected with distant interest. This poor bugger. "Yes, of course. " The mild voice of the small man. " "Not unconscious," I mumbled, suddenly figuring out what it was about the drawing. I waved my hand vaguely toward the smashed crate. "The picture ... " The ensuing silence was so long that I tried opening my eyes again. Things were wavery but not too bad. The sandy-haired man, who was studying the drawing judiciously, turned his attention to me, back to the wrecked drawing, and then back to me once more.

The guard out in back is out cold. I called for a medic. " That's me, I reflected with distant interest. This poor bugger. "Yes, of course. " The mild voice of the small man. " "Not unconscious," I mumbled, suddenly figuring out what it was about the drawing. I waved my hand vaguely toward the smashed crate. "The picture ... " The ensuing silence was so long that I tried opening my eyes again. Things were wavery but not too bad. The sandy-haired man, who was studying the drawing judiciously, turned his attention to me, back to the wrecked drawing, and then back to me once more.

Colonel Robey, a high-ranking member of the army's European Community Relations staff, had recommended that the three great paintings be the nucleus for an exhibition of art tracked down since the war by the American military, and that Bolzano, a beneficiary many times over of the MFA and A's work, be asked to lend several other paintings to complete the show. When the contract had been awarded to the San Francisco Museum six months before, Tony had asked Peter van Cortlandt to take the job. This was as it should have been.

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