A Masterpiece of Revenge: A Mystery

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A wickedly ingenious thriller involving a lost masterpiece and a plot to use it for revenge.

Charles Vermeille is the world’s expert on seventeenth-century French master Claude Lorrain, one of the most copied painters in history. Handsome, self-assured arrogant, some might even say and a model of probity, Vermeille has the last word on Lorrain’s works; he determines which are authentic, which are fake. Upon his pronouncements rests not only his own reputation but also those of museums, collectors, and auction houses around the world. Millions of dollars can be at stake. When Vermeille begins receiving photographs of his adored son in the mail no demands, no threats, only photos he begins to suspect a connection between them and his bankable appraisal of Lorrain’s paintings, one of which, believed lost, has just miraculously turned up. Is someone forcing him to choose between his reputation and the life of his son? Everyone has his enemies. Art appraisers have more than their fair share.

Set in a world where inflated egos, high art, and big money intersect, A Masterpiece of Revenge is a classic psychological mystery.

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Someone is sending Charles Vermeille photographs of his beloved only son. Here is one of Jean-Louis on a surfboard, reading on a balcony, playing tennis, at a picnic--pictures that are in and of themselves harmless, but when sent anonymously become invested with sinister possibilities. Soon Vermeille, a world-renowned art appraiser whose special expertise is in the work of French master Claude Lorrain, begins to suspect the pictures are a subtle threat--but from whom? And why?

In his previous novel, Death by Publication, J.J. Fiechter had a field day letting his characters run amok in the arcane world of publishing. In this one, it's the rarified high art scene, where reputations are made on topics such as "Inert-Gas Preservation Methods for Paintings" and art appraisers have almost as many enemies as tax collectors do. Could the anonymous threats against Vermeille's son be motivated by professional matters--his pending appraisal, for instance, of a long-lost Lorrain painting that has just miraculously been found? Or might there be something more personal behind them? A Masterpiece of Revenge is short, elegant, and wickedly convoluted. And even if you think you've figured out who the villain is, there's a neat little twist waiting for you at the end, guaranteed to surprise--and delight. --Margaret Prior

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J. J. Fiechter was born to a Swiss family in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1927. He worked for many years as an historian, writing books on a wide range of subjects from the French Revolution to Egyptology. In 1994, he won France’s Grand Prize for Detective Fiction for Death by Publication, also published by Arcade.

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