A Dangerous Talent

CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: BN1436
Released: May 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469200002
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Description

Alix London has a promising career as an art consultant, a sumptuous condo in Seattle' s toniest neighborhood, a gorgeous figure, and a presence that exudes Ivy League breeding and old money. She has it allor does she? Only Alix knows that the image she presents to the world is a carefully constructed mirage that veils an embarrassing truth. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, her world was left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Now a Harvard dropout with an emptied bank account, she is languishing in a career that has produced little more than a lucky house-sitting gig. But all of that changes when Alix meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with money to burn and a hot tip on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O' Keeffe. Chris hires Alix to perform the authentication, an assignment that finally could launch Alix into the big leagues. But soon after her arrival in Santa Fe, she finds herself tangled up in a web of forgery, deceit-- and murder. Anxious to avoid becoming the next victim, she teams up with FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth-- and gets a little unlikely help from her roguish father-- to uncover the truth behind the painting and those who would kill to have it. Sharp, witty, and devilishly fun, A Dangerous Talent offers an insider' s look into the surprisingly treacherous contemporary art world.

Professional reviews

"Art consultant Alix London finds herself drawn into a murder investigation as she searches for the truth behind a forged painting. Kate Rudd employs a light, youthful voice for the 29-year-old Alix. Rudd's narration is even and straightforward, no matter what situation Alix gets herself into. Alix's employer, the novice art collector Christine Lemay, is given a more mature tone, with a touch of pretentiousness. Rudd also portrays male characters well, in particular Alix's father, an art forger recently released from prison, who has a playful British accent, and an undercover FBI agent, whom Rudd depicts in an intentionally broad, almost comical, Boston accent. The clear differentiation helps the listener keep up with all the twists in this delightful new series. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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