The Da Vinci Deception (Inspector Jack Oxby, Book 1)
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A thrilling suspense novel that introduces New Scotland Yard's Inspector Jack Oxby of the Art and Antiquities Squad and pits him against a mastermind of art forgery.
When an original Leonardo da Vinci folio goes missing from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, Oxby is brought in to investigate. Set in London, New York, and Lake Como, the detective eventually uncovers a daring art forger who blackmails artists into faking Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts, including early sketches of the Mona Lisa.
spent, they sagged. “Tie them up. Carmine stays with them. The rest take your positions.” “Scusi, Signore Kalem. I did not know you had a guest.” Pavasi reached the entrance to the solarium just as LaConte put the last of his papers in the briefcase. “Our business is over. Mr. LaConte was just leaving.” LaConte patted his briefcase. “Thank you again.” He tipped his cap and scurried past Pavasi and the man who had come with him. “What’s so damned important with the guards?” Jonas was
have it?” “Of course,” Tony snapped. “Did you have any doubt I could pinch it?” “Not until you didn’t show on time. It’s possible something could happen. Even to you.” “A tire blew out. On the M4. No one came by, I had to fix it myself.” “After you fixed it you should have called.” “Go to hell, Stiehl. I’ve spent a miserable summer preparing for today. Too bad if you don’t like the way I handled my assignment. Let’s see you do as well.” “What about your car? You’ve got to get the drawing
strikes a comfortable balance between the more hard-boiled Lovejoy antique mysteries and Iain Pears’ more literary art-historical crime novels.” —Booklist BOOKS BY THOMAS SWAN The Da Vinci Deception The Cézanne Chase The Final Fabergé Dedication To my wife Barbara and to my children Sally and Greg. And to the cherished memory of my son Steve, who would approve and be proud. Part One The bee may be likened to deceit, for it has honey in its mouth and poison behind. —Leonardo
could make more money faster if I made my own money.” Eleanor laughed. “You make it sound so easy. You were a counterfeiter?” “I tried to be. I was just beginning when the feds closed in on my bond business.” “That explains why Jonas hired you. I’m sorry about the other . . . prison, I mean.” She looked up at Stiehl. “You know, I’ve been in Italy six months and until a week ago I felt I was involved in something terribly important. Now it all seems so crazy. This old place, the isolation, Tony
folder. Also you’ll find a copy of the extradition protocol between our countries, though I’m certain that was unnecessary.” The comment was meant to flatter Brassi, but Deats didn’t want any misunderstandings regarding the terms under which Waters would be arrested and confined. “Here is the citation and arrest warrant.” Deats gave the comandante another folder. Brassi read through the papers. “It seems this man has used many names and disguises. Are you certain that he is who you say he is?”