By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque artwork on the Seattle paintings Museum, is an not likely undercover investigator, but if a important Rubens portrait is came upon in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in a neighborhood warehouse, Chris is pressed into provider to determine the way it received there. the search leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, one in all his favourite areas, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a strange trip into shady artwork international doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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I nodded. It sounded better than the Meissen. And I certainly didn't have anything else waiting for me that evening, at my apartment or anywhere else. The fact is, I hadn't made the world's greatest adjustment to bachelorhood after ten years of marriage. I guess I hadn't made the greatest adjustment to marriage either, or I wouldn't be divorced. I locked up the office and we walked to the covered garage at the Four Seasons, where Calvin insisted on parking his car. The rest of the staff parked in the slots behind the museum.
Not that it didn't occur to me that it wasn't beyond Tony to have orchestrated this: to have waited for just such a bright and blameless day, and to have suggested just such a cheerful lunch spot, in order to spring his rash and risky ideas on me. " I asked. " "The Mafia," he said contemptuously, "is a thing of the past. Don't you read the newspapers? " When I remained pointedly silent he smiled reprovingly. " "Only if it was for the greater good of the Seattle Art Museum," I said. I think I ought to explain at this point that Tony Whitehead is one of my favorite people.
Well, I do, or did at the time. I had four eighteenth-century canvases of very dubious provenance in the basement for cleaning. You know, 'School of Somebody' kinds of things. They were sitting about five feet from the Rubens, and to an uninformed eye they would have looked every bit as good. But only the one painting was taken. " Di Vecchio made a tight, irritated little movement with his mouth. "I'm not suggesting he carried it out personally, my dear Massimiliano. " Max shrugged amicably. " Behind his soup-strainer of a mustache he chewed contentedly on a mouthful of torteilini.