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Some people collect art, others collect trouble
In the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, some people collect art, while others collect trouble. Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. She is a top-notch investigator when it comes to eighteenth-century art. But for her it's just a job and her life is well ordered. All this changes when she inherits a huge and very prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew. There are conditions attached: she must first find three priceless statues. That is when her troubles begin. Her father’s death sparked much greed, and Marion finds herself facing sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty.
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This was an interesting mix of art, history and character study, to equal a very satisfying mystery read. Sometimes when books get translated, they loose a bit in the translation, but not this one! How well do we really know those around us? Do we make correct first impressions? Is family really blood versus water? All the nuances and red herrings remain in this excellent translation, to perplex the reader, and keep them guessing even when they think they know the truth. I am looking forward to more books from Anne-Laure , she is a great new force in the mystery field!
About the Author:
Born in Algeria in 1963, Anne-Laure Thiéblemont grew up in Madagascar, Lyon, Paris, and Bogota. This childhood spent on the move left her with a taste for travel. An art reporter and trained gem specialist, Anne-Laure Thiéblemont is known for her investigations into stolen art and gem trafficking. She lives in Marseille, France, and since 2014 has been working on her own design and applied arts magazine. Writing is her passion, her own secret garden. The Collector is her first mystery, and was inspired from her investigative reporting into art trafficking and meetings she had with famous art collectors.She currently splits her time between Paris and Marseille.
About the Translator
Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and . The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.