A Deceptive Clarity (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins

By Aaron Elkins

An American museum curator in Berlin needs to discover a pretend painting—and a true killer—in this secret from the Edgar Award–winning writer of Switcheroo.
 
Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance artwork specialist, heads to Berlin to help in mounting a sensational show: The Plundered Past—twenty important outdated Masters looted by way of the Nazis, suggestion for many years to be misplaced perpetually, and only in the near past rediscovered.
 
yet issues speedy 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 depressing Frankfurt brothel, of all locations. Now, Chris faces a frightening job: 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 by means of the a number of award–winning writer of the Gideon Oliver “Skeleton Detective” novels—a celebrated grasp who “thoroughly is familiar with the paintings of the homicide secret” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
 

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That's wonderful. Listen, Colonel Robey flew in from Heidelberg this morning. " "This minute," I said. " "Great. " I made another cup of coffee and wandered restlessly around the room舒suite, actually: big well-furnished living room, writing area, bedroom, well-stocked minibar in the refrigerator. It was all comfortable enough, but I was at loose ends. I'd been cooped up for two days, and what I needed was a walk in the cold air, not a sit-down meeting. For a while I stood at the window, looking grumpily down on the leafless trees, the gray-green plaza, and the soaring, three-pronged monument to the airlift.

At breakfast she'd been the same as usual; we'd laughed over coffee and even talked about going to dinner in Chinatown. It took two wretched days舒contacting the police, the highway patrol, every hospital within fifty miles of San Francisco舒before I found out where she was: in Marin County, living with a stockbroker I'd never heard of. I hadn't suspected a thing, hadn't known anything was seriously wrong. We'd had nothing remotely resembling a fight for years. Afterward, one of my friends, a relentlessly well-meaning psychotherapist named Louis, tried to explain things.

I shrugged gloomily. "I don't know, Tony. I'm not舒" The ringing of the telephone cut me off. Tony picked it up. " He held it out to me and made a pious face. "Miss Culletson. " Miss Culletson's telephone manner was as crisp, cool, and businesslike as her person. "I have a call for you, Dr. Norgren. Rita Dooling. I thought you might want to be interrupted. "Oh, Lord," I muttered. I knew by now that no call from your lawyer ever turns out to be good news. Not when you're in the midst of long, messy divorce negotiations.

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