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A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Coming

Написано Aaron Elkins

Озвучено David Colacci


A Long Time Coming

Написано Aaron Elkins

Озвучено David Colacci

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4/5 (9 оценки)
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9 hours
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Издано:
Aug 7, 2018
ISBN:
9781978602687
Формат:
Аудиокнига

Описание

It takes a real artist to solve a crime this big—in a brilliant, engrossing mystery by Edgar Award winner Aaron Elkins…

Art curator Val Caruso is not a happy camper. His promotion has just been nixed, his divorce has become final, and he's dug himself into a nice little rut for his fortieth birthday. The uplift? A trip to Milan to help Holocaust survivor Sol Bezzecca recover a pair of cherished sketches by Renoir. They'd once been given to Sol's family by the then-unknown artist, looted by the Italian Fascist militia, and now after decades in hiding have turned up for auction. It's Val's job to get them back.

Unfortunately, his Italian adventure takes a dangerous turn when he becomes trapped in an intricate web that reaches back to World War II—and is still very sticky with art thieves, forgers, and somebody who wants Val out of the picture permanently. When the lost Renoirs are stolen yet again, Val is more determined than ever to hunt them down. The reward for reuniting an old man with his rightful past? Priceless.

But doing it is going to be murder.

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Издано:
Aug 7, 2018
ISBN:
9781978602687
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Об авторе

Aaron Elkins is a former anthropologist and professor who has been writing mysteries and thrillers since 1982. His major continuing series features forensic anthropologist-detective Gideon Oliver, “the Skeleton Detective.” There are fifteen published titles to date in the series. The Gideon Oliver books have been (roughly) translated into a major ABC-TV series and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series. His work has been published in a dozen languages. Mr. Elkins won the 1988 Edgar Award for best mystery of the year for Old Bones, the fourth book in the Gideon Oliver Series. He and his cowriter and wife, Charlotte, also won an Agatha Award, and he has also won a Nero Wolfe Award. Mr. Elkins lives on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with Charlotte.


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  • (4/5)
    Val Caruso is able to look in a mirror and give a perfect self-assessment of his present, not so enviable, situation. He did need a few drinks, some clam dip and crackers to make that admission. Who can blame him?! He has lost out on a job promotion, lost another marriage and is losing his youth. He has no home and is staying in a friend’s multi million dollar condo. Simply, his ego has taken a beating. He is in the process of asking himself “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going.” The answers to the latter two form the basis of the book. Val Caruso is an associate curator of art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is given to “profound five-second character analyses” which might be a problem. He is leaving for Milan to coordinate logistics for an art exhibit that will tour several cities in the United States. And that makes him a candidate for an extracurricular job that promises to be a thankless and impossible task, which is really going to be a problem.There was a lot to like about this book. The plot and characters formed a cohesive, enjoyable narrative. The tongue in cheek humor had me chuckling, well if not chuckling, grinning. But Mr. Elkins you have been caught reusing Goldstein’s Law of Interconnected Monkey Business, that clever law of coincidences from “Skeleton Dance.” Never mind, it was timely and clever once again. I got a brief but very interesting education in art forensics and art restoration vis-à-vis a forger’s perspective. A very satisfactory murder mystery. Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC.
  • (5/5)
    Beyond words! This was a beautiful book, very very sad but beautiful!
  • (2/5)
    Nowhere near the quality of his earlier works...at least, as I remember them.
  • (3/5)
    Long Time Coming is a story of two women from different walks of life: Deidre, an upper-middle class middle-school principal; and Kenisha, a girl who was forced to become a woman too early due to an environment of poverty, drugs, and alcohol. Despite immediately misjudging one another, these two women bond over a universal force—the love of children. I was immediately drawn into this book after reading only the first paragraph. I was touched by the sad story of Kenisha and how she dedicated her life to providing for her children. I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book quite a bit. After that, it got much too preachy. I am a fan of inspirational fiction and expressions of faith in fiction; however, I don’t want to read a sermon on being saved. Let’s face it: pretty much anyone reading this book is already a Christian. There’s no need to convert the readers! This is why Long Time Coming got only 3 stars, rather than 4. I loved the story, but the end dragged. The story was also very predictable: you can guess how it will end from the blurb on the back of the book. However, the interesting characters make up for lack of suspense.