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This new book comes out later this month.
It also deals with hope and redemption!
Susan Champagne was one of the summer people, the seasonal visitors who each year made Tidewater County’s cash registers sing. But she brought a dangerous secret to town that summer, which she shared with Luke Bowers shortly before she was killed—a secret involving a mysterious photograph, an ancient Biblical parable, and the most notorious art heist in American history.
While investigating her death, relentless state police homicide detective Amy Hunter learns that Tidewater County—a picturesque seafood and sailing resort on Chesapeake Bay—may have been hand-picked for an unusual, high-stakes crime, orchestrated by stolen-art merchant Arturo Nuveau. And that Nuveau’s crime may have been the catalyst for Susan Champagne’s death.
At the heart of the case is a 1633 Rembrandt masterpiece, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, the artist’s only seascape painting, which hasn’t been seen publicly since it was stolen in 1990.
Working with the FBI’s Art Crimes Unit, and with the help of Pastor Luke Bowers, Hunter follows the trail of this lost treasure, encountering a string of ruthless criminals, bad guys, an obsessive and unorthodox art collector and rumors of a “curse” surrounding the stolen painting.
For Bowers, the circumstances of Susan Champagne’s death, and his own tangential involvement, cause him to wrestle with and re-evaluate the nature of his faith. As Hunter, meanwhile, discovers the truth about why Susan Champagne was killed, she is drawn into an elaborate game of deception and betrayal—which threatens first her credibility and then her life.
This book is the followup to The Psalmist, but you do not have had to have read the previous book to enjoy this book! This is a fun book that will keep you guessing as to what is the game that is actually afoot, and that Hunter is actually trying to figure out. The book starts out a little slowly but then suddenly gains steam, like a speeding locomotive and it is super hard to put down! There is an interesting dynamic between Bowers and Hunter, and with Bower's wife in this book, making for an interesting threesome for solving the case. Hunter never gives up her determination to solve the case of Susan's homicide, no matter what happens. This was a great read and perfect for a Summer 'staycation' to Chesapeake Bay!,
About the Author:
James Lilliefors is the author of the geopolitical thriller novels The Levianthan Effect and Viral. A journalist and novelist who grew up near Washington DC, Lilliefors is also the author of three nonfiction books. He writes the Luke Bowers and Amy Hunter series for Witness.