The Double Eagle

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The Thomas Crown Affair meets National Treasure in this page-turning debut thriller.

In Paris, a priest is murdered, his mutilated body dumped into the Seine. He has taken a secret with him to his death -- a secret that is revealed during the autopsy, reawakening memories of Depression-era politics and a seventy-year-old heist.

Jennifer Browne, an ambitious FBI agent, is assigned to the case. For her, this is a final opportunity to kick-start a career that stalled three years ago, after a fatal error in judgment. She is determined that this time there will be no mistakes.

Her investigation soon comes across a daring robbery at Fort Knox. The immediate suspect is Tom Kirk, a brilliant young art thief and a man whose very existence threatens to bring down the newly elected president.

Caught between his desire to get out of the game and his partner's insistence that he complete one last job for the criminal mastermind Cassius, Tom faces a race against time to clear his name -- a race that takes him from London to Paris, and Amsterdam to Istanbul, in a search for the real thieves and the legendary Double Eagle.

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The Thomas Crown Affair, Oceanís 11, Entrapment - we all love a good heist movie or book. But why the fascination?

Maybe it is the slightly romanticised view of the art thief, who uses guile and ingenuity rather than force, to ply his trade. Or perhaps the beautiful objects they steal somehow suggests that an art thief must be cultured and erudite compared to those who steal more mundane objects, such as cars and wallets.

In my opinion, however, the real reason for peopleís fascination with art theft and the inspiration for The Double Eagle, lies with the inescapable paradox that led me to write The Double Eagle in the first place. How is it that works that through their soul-searching inspiration, genius and flawless execution elevate their creators close to the divine, bring out everything that is most base in human nature Ė envy, theft, murder, betrayal and greed?

In that sense, at least, great art is positioned at the heart of manís age old struggle between the forces of light and darkness. And you donít need a painting to tell you that thatís the greatest story of them all!

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