By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque paintings on the Seattle paintings Museum, is an not going undercover investigator, but if a important Rubens portrait is came upon in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in an area warehouse, Chris is pressed into carrier to determine the way it obtained there. the hunt leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, certainly one of his favourite areas, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a weird and wonderful trip into shady paintings global doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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I was relieved; nobody with any kind of eye would ever confuse them with the real thing. We followed the guard up a narrow flight of steps at the end of the corridor. " Calvin asked him casually. " "Cops call everybody 'gentlemen,' " Calvin explained to me knowledgeably. "I was once in this bar when there was a drug bust. ' " The guard was laughing as he tapped on the door at the top of the stairs. OFFICE had once been on it in press-on letters, but they had long ago fallen or been pulled off, leaving pale outlines on the dingy wood.
Was it the reward he'd been after, and not the publicity? We were by no means dealing with peanuts: The standard insurance reward in art- theft cases was ten percent of the value of the object. So if the Rubens was really valued at $1,500,000, which did indeed seem conservative, Blusher would come away from this richer by $150,000. I swallowed the last of the cappuccino and sat a while longer, pondering. Then I went to my room in the Hotel Europa to shower, and to try to nap for an hour before the reception.
A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins