A Deceptive Clarity (Chris Norgren) by Aaron Elkins

By Aaron Elkins

An American museum curator in Berlin needs to discover a pretend painting—and a true killer—in this secret from the Edgar Award–winning writer of Switcheroo.
Chris Norgren, museum curator and Renaissance paintings professional, heads to Berlin to aid in mounting a sensational convey: The Plundered Past—twenty valuable outdated Masters looted by means of the Nazis, proposal for many years to be misplaced ceaselessly, and only in the near past rediscovered.
yet issues fast get out of hand whilst Chris’s patrician, fastidious boss, after sensing a forgery within the lot, turns up useless the very subsequent day—on the stairs of a dark Frankfurt brothel, of all locations. Now, Chris faces a frightening activity: discovering a counterfeit paintings one of the masterpieces—and an all-too-real killer whose points of interest at the moment are set on him.
A misleading Clarity is the 1st within the Chris Norgren Mysteries by way of the a number of award–winning author of the Gideon Oliver “Skeleton Detective” novels—a celebrated grasp who “thoroughly is aware the paintings of the homicide secret” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

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Not to worry. Minor problems. The usual thing," Tony explained helpfully. " Louis, my trusty psychotherapist friend, once told me that I had a low tolerance for ambiguity. At that moment I was inclined to think he was right, because I was uncomfortable with Tony's vagueness. Vacation or not, whatever I was responsible for, I wanted to do a good job of it. (Louis has also pointed out to me that I have an obsessive-compulsive attitude toward work, probably the result of an anal fixation. ) Having been a civil servant at a county museum for five years, I was also a little wary of that "performing other duties as required," but not enough to think twice about going.

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