The Perfect Fake (Platinum Mystery Series)

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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 ought to be in jail. When millionaire 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‚ his high–school sweetheart and a map expert herself‚ has to supervise the project. Soon‚ Tom starts to suspect that Barlowe wants a forgery — not a duplicate. When people start turning up dead‚ and Tom and Allison realize they're being tailed by two dangerous men‚ it becomes clear that they can trust no one . . .

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Barbara Parker is a former prosecutor with the state attorneyÂ’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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