The Gilded Seal

The Gilded Seal

Book - 2007
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The most audacious heist in history is about to commence, and Tom Kirk is right in the middle of it...

Whilst investigating the theft of a stolen Da Vinci, reformed art thief Tom Kirk is confronted with the horrifying sight of a cat nailed to the wall where the painting once stood. He instantly recognises the sign as a greeting from his old enemy Milo. Then Tom finds out that a long time friend in Seville has been murdered and whilst visiting his friend's daughter Eva, she is kidnapped by Milo. Suddenly Tom finds himself in a frantic race against time to save her life.

Meanwhile, in New York, FBI agent Jennifer Browne has been asked to investigate a possible art fraud. The trail leads to an Iranian art dealer who denies all knowledge, but when a lawyer who he had dealings with is murdered, Jennifer knows she has stumbled across something very sinister.

Are the reappearance of Milo, Eva's kidnapping and the theft of the Da Vinci connected? Are Tom and Jennifer's paths destined to cross again as they descend into a maelstrom of betrayal and murder?

Publisher: c2007
ISBN: 9780007230419
9780007230402
Branch Call Number: AF TWIN

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loudem
Feb 18, 2012

Nice ride between facts and fiction. Twining gives us an up and personal view inside the Art world. A world where beauty, money, treachery, and deceit are all very much intertwined. As much as I loathe Napoleon, I think, if it's true, that he had the right attitude by keeping the painting over his bed. A little possessive perhaps, but I can understand the man wanting the keep such a work of beauty to himself. Then, again you have to wonder if all the traffic herded before that picture at the Louvre (and I'm one of them) is for the "real thing" or for one of many forgeries. Does it matter, really?...

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NG
Nov 17, 2008

Not as exciting as I was promised by the reviews on the back cover of the book. Nevertheless, it was interesting for those who enjoy capers.

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