St. Martin's Press, March, 2006.
Hardcover, 384 pages.
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On September 10, 2001, the British owner of a priceless Van Gogh painting is murdered at her estate. Before she was killed, Victoria Wentworth wrote a letter to her sister detailing her plans to ship the painting to financier Bryce Fenston. Fenton owns a sleazy New York-based finance company named Fenston Finance which regularly defrauds members of the British aristocracy by loaning them money secured by priceless works of art. Bryce's clients never read the fine print and usually end up destitute. And sometimes they end up dead, with their most precious assets in the hands of Fenston Finance. Fenston's activities have not gone unnoticed by FBI agent Jack Delaney who is ready to arrest Fenton and Fenton Finance's attractive art historian, Anna Petrescu. But Delaney isn't sure if Anna is a crook or if she's just a dupe. Anna isn't a crook and in fact has just realized that her boss is one. The 9/11 attacks happen just as Anna has just been fired by Fenton after a fiery confrontation in the firm's offices at the World Trade center. Anna barely escapes with her life, but everyone thinks she died when the towers came down. Anna manages to intercept the priceless painting, but now she's got the FBI and a ruthless assassin on her tail who is determined to get the painting back for Fenton and eliminate Anna as a threat. Jeffrey Archer's cinematical roots show through in this fast-paced, gripping thriller that spans the globe.
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