I am a huge fan of Ken Follett's, but this is not one of his best. Written in 1976, it was one of his first books. It is about the world of art, especially fake masterpieces. It is a short book - 256 pages in a small paperback and I read it in less than 1 week. Still, I could not keep up with all the characters involved. There were so many, that I lost track of them about 2/3 through. I read some parts twice, but finally gave up and just finished the book. I have to admit that I lost interest in who had the originals and who had the fakes towards the end and didn't even understand how the people who ended up with the real Modigliani ended up getting it! I don't recommend this book, but if you are a real Follett fan, you will probably read it anyway. Sorry Ken!!!
art theives, intrigue. and written by follett. really nice read.
Early Follett. Short and easy to read. Worth it.
A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away...
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This is an early book by Ken Follett and it is different than any other of his books that I have read. Pay attention when you read it or you will make the same mistake I made. I had to go back through it rapidly in order to understand the ending. I really enjoyed the book. Genny Sikes
From the jacket...."A bright young art student follows the trail of an undiscovered masterpiece by Modigliani...Two disgruntled artists concoct a scheme to expose the hypocrisy of the art world...The ambitious owner of a new gallery will stop at nothing to assure the success of his enterprise. Master plotter Ken Follett brings all these forces together in this bestselling thriller - an exquisite blending of suspense, intrique and blind ambition. 2 cassettes - approx 3 hours listening.
Good book. Typical Follett.
This one is a 60's or 70's type book-it reminds me of the Audrey Hepburn movie, "How to Steal a Million". It's a nice light read. The book is old and yellowed, so don't request if that bothers you.