An unlikely con man wagers wife, wealth, and sanity in pursuit of one of art's elusive old masters.Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his scrupulous art-historian wife are invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner to assess the value of three dusty paintings moldering in the freezing breakfast room. But blocking the soot from the chimney is nothing less, Martin believes, than one of the world's lost treasures, camouflaged by misattribution and the grime of centuries. Thus begins a wild trail of lies and concealments, soaring hopes and sudden panics, as Martin embarks on an obsessive quest to prove his hunch, separate the painting from its owner, and resolve one of the great mysteries of European art.
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by George Orwell
by Robert Conquest
by John Mortimer
by H.R.F. Keating
by Robertson Davies
by Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre
by W. Somerset Maugham
by Paolo Tullio
by Bernard Lewis
by Matt Christopher
"Spending the summer in the country becomes a life-changing experience for Martin Clay and his family when they become embroiled in a scheme to evaluate paintings hidden in the manor of the local lord. Art historians will rejoice over the subject matter and the intricate descriptions of the paintings and their provenance. One needs to be entranced by the subject because Frederick Davidson's manner of speaking is supercilious. Although his vocal changes bring forth believable characters with pleasing sounds, his narration is too snobbish for popular fiction. Simple words are drawn out to a laughable degree, and there is no friendliness in his presentation. Haughtiness does not make a listener feel welcome. J P. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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