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In the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, some people collect art, while others collect trouble. Marion Spicer spends her days examining auction catalogues and searching for stolen works of art. She is a top-notch investigator when it comes to eighteenth-century art. But for her it's just a job and her life is well ordered. All this changes when she inherits a huge and very prestigious collection of pre-Columbian art from a father she never knew. There are conditions attached: she must first find three priceless statues. That is when her troubles begin. Her father's death sparked much greed, and Marion finds herself facing sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams, and attacks. Her quest draws her into a world where people will kill for a love of beauty.
Le French Book (NY), 9781939474445, 211pp.
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
About the Author
An art reporter and trained gem specialists, Anne-Laure Thieblemont is known for her investigations into stolen art and gem trafficking. She currently works as a magazine editor, and splits her time between Paris and Marseille. Born in Algeria in 1963, she grew up in Madagascar, Lyon, Paris and Bogota. This childhood spent on the move left her with a taste for travel. That and her studies in art history were the two influences would shape her career. She worked for a long time as an independent reporter for major French daily newspapers and magazine. Afterwards, she spent thirteen years as a magazine editor-in-chief. Since 2014 has been working on her own design and applied arts magazine. Writing is her passion, her own secret garden. The Collector is her first mystery, and was inspired from her investigative reporting into art trafficking and meetings she had with famous art collectors. It's a detective story in which the heroine's personal story is woven into a hunt through the very secret world of Paris art galleries and auction houses. When Anne-Laure is not writing, she is out searching for gems and designing jewelry she has made in Istanbul.
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