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When college teacher Sarah Brandau is invited to a literary conference in Prague, she persuades her grandmother, Edith, who raised her when her parents died, to travel from Manhattan for a reunion in the fabled city. Exploring the streets near their hotel on their first night in Prague, they browse an antique shop. Attracted to the picture's ornate frame, Edith chooses a reproduction of a city scene. When they return to their hotel and examine their purchase more closely they discover they've gotten more than they bargained for. Edith's impulsive purchase plunges them into a complex world of international theft, Nazi war crimes, and a lethal secret that puts the women in more danger than they could ever have imagined when they planned a shared holiday.
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Anne G. Faigen is the author of three historical novels for young people. She has taught American and English literature to high school and college students and has contributed columns and book reviews to a variety of publications. She also leads book discussion groups and works with student writers. Anne lives with her husband in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.From Booklist:
College professor Sarah Brandau receives an invitation to participate in a literary conference in Prague and persuades her grandmother, Edith, to accompany her. Edith raised Sarah after her parents died, and she does not understand how her granddaughter could abandon Manhattan for a rural college campus in Pennsylvania. After arriving in Prague, the two explore the area near their hotel and find an ornate picture frame in an antique shop. Edith purchases a print to put in the frame, thinking it will be a nice gift for a friend. Later, they examine their purchase and discover it is more than a simple print. When the dealer calls to try to get the picture back, Edith and Sarah find themselves in the midst of an art-theft scandal that extends back to Nazi war crimes. Readers of historical novels as well as mystery fans will enjoy this not-so-cozy adventure. --Barbara Bibel
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Book Description Thomas & Mercer, 2012. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 224 pages. 8.27x5.53x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1477812431