Suspense Barbara Parker The Perfect Fake

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The Perfect Fake

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In New York Times bestselling author Barbara Parker’s brilliant new stand-alone novel, the forgery of a rare five-hundred-year-old map sparks a thrilling chase from Miami to London and the Italian Alps in a remarkable tale of international intrigue.

Tom Fairchild is a man with a past he can’t shake. He’s struggling to make it as a graphic artist, but his probation officer thinks he belongs in jail. When millionaire Miami real estate developer Stuart Barlowe offers him $50,000 to travel to Italy to duplicate a rare Renaissance map, Tom sees a way to solve his problems. The only catch is that Barlowe’s daughter, Allison, a map expert herself, has to supervise the project. Allison and Tom fell in love as teenagers, but that was twelve years ago, and now Allison thinks Tom is lying. There’s no way he can make a perfect copy.

Tom soon suspects that Barlowe wants a forgery, not a duplicate. He just doesn’t know why, and Allison isn’t talking. When people start turning up dead, and Tom and Allison realize they are being tailed by two men—one a ruthless hit man and the other a rogue government agent—it quickly becomes clear that they have no one to trust but each other.

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Barbara Parker is a former prosecutor with the state attorney’s office in Dade County, Florida. She is the author of eleven mysteries, including Suspicion of Innocence, which was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American author.

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In a departure from her Gail Connor series, Parker writes an engrossing stand-alone thriller. Tom Fairchild is determined to get his life back in order after spending time in prison for theft. Now on parole, Tom, a would-be graphic artist, is working with his sister at her map shop in Miami. When real-estate developer Stuart Barlowe wants to hire Tom to make an exact copy of a Renaissance map, Tom sees a way of earning the money he needs to make restitution for his role in the theft. But does Barlowe really want a duplicate, or is he asking for a forgery? Either way, Tom agrees to being smuggled out of Florida to research the map in England and Italy. On the journey, romance is rekindled between Tom and his former girlfriend Allison, Barlowe's daughter. Naturally, there is much more to the map caper than meets the eye, and soon enough Tom and Allison are in the middle of it. Parker's villains are stereotypes, but Tom and Allison make a sympathetic couple on the run, and the cartography frame story is fresh and compelling. Sue O'Brien
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