By Aaron Elkins
Mild‑mannered and law‑abiding, Chris Norgren, curator of Renaissance and Baroque paintings on the Seattle paintings Museum, is an not likely undercover investigator, but if a useful Rubens portrait is came upon in a cargo of “authentic reproductions” in a neighborhood warehouse, Chris is pressed into provider to determine the way it obtained there. the search leads him to the medieval urban of Bologna, one in all his favourite areas, yet all too quickly what could have been a welcome Italian interlude becomes a weird and wonderful trip into shady artwork international doings and murderous secrets and techniques . . .
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The panel? " He gave a croak of laughter. " I gestured at the back of the panel; it was made of two broad oak planks joined together, then enclosed in the groove of a sturdy, simple frame. "This black marking舒like a V with a wreath around it舒that's the logo of the Guild of St. Luke in Utrecht, the painter's guild. These cuts in the wood舒 they're from the way they sawed oak in those days in Holland. It was cut by a water-driven frame saw. Quarter-sawn, you'll notice. Early seventeenth-century, I'm pretty sure.
OFFICE had once been on it in press-on letters, but they had long ago fallen or been pulled off, leaving pale outlines on the dingy wood. "The people from the museum, Mr. Blusher," the guard called. " The answering voice was loud, robust; well matched by the man it belonged to. Michael Blusher was a broad-beamed, big-boned man in his early forties. Sturdy as he was, he had the puffy, bloated look of someone who had once weighed a great deal more. He jumped up from a wooden swivel chair and came out from behind his cluttered desk, his hand outstretched.
He seemed to be doing more cogitating than eating, but somehow the food was disappearing as fast as Max's. Have I stumbled on a new psychological principle? Are people's eating styles extensions of their personalities? I'll have to ask Louis what he thinks. I know he enjoys my theories of psychology every bit as much as I enjoy his on-the-house counseling sessions. After a few minutes the conversation came back to the theft of the Rubens. " Max asked. "I keep thinking about all the inside knowledge they needed.
A Glancing Light (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins