Fraud, forgery and murder, set in the high-stakes world of fine art. 'Barry Maitland is one of Australia's finest crime writers.' - Sunday Tasmanian
'Maitland stacks his characters in interesting piles, and lets his mystery burn busily and bright.' - Courier-Mail
When the Russian wife of the owner of one of the most valuable private collections of modern art in the UK is found dead, Detective Chief Inspector David Brock is drawn into a high-stakes world very different to his own. From the dealers and galleries in London's West End, his investigations take him to Hanover, Miami and New York on the trail of international forgery and fraud.
At the same time, his old colleague Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla, who now leads one of the Metropolitan Police Murder Investigation teams, finds herself at the wrong end of a corruption charge. With her whole career in the balance, she will do almost anything to clear her name.
'No one drops so many wonderful threads to a story or ties them so satisfyingly together at the end.' - The Australian
'Maitland is right up there with Ruth Rendell in my book.' - Australian Book Review
Barry Maitland grew up in London and went on to work as an architect and urban designer in the UK. In 1984 he moved to Australia as Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. The Marx Sisters, the first in his London-based Brock and Kolla crime novels, was published in 1994 and 12 more have followed. In addition he has published four crime novels set in Australia. Barry's novels have been published throughout the English-speaking world and in translation in a number of other countries.
Crime & Mystery
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format
Thriller / suspense