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By Ken Follett

A fabulous "lost masterpiece" turns into the last word prize for an paintings historian whose ambition consumes each person round her, an offended younger painter with a plan for revenge at the artwork institution, and a determined gallery owner who could have double-crossed his personal lifestyles away...

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I believe it’s hideous,” he acknowledged. “So do I. yet it’s completely precise. relatively awesome. There’s doubtless it’s Modigliani—but not anyone knew he ever painted stuff like this. ” “I’m completely happy you’re pleased,” acknowledged Lipsey. His tone stated he desired to introduce a extra businesslike word into the dialog. “You should have placed a very good guy on it,” Lampeth mused. “The top. ” Lipsey suppressed a smile. “He went to Paris, Livorno, Rimini ... ” “And he beat my niece to it. ” “Not precisely. What happened—” “I don’t need to know the details,” Lampeth lower in. “Have you were given a invoice prepared for me? I’d prefer to pay it right now. ” “Certainly. ” Lipsey went to the workplace door and spoke to his secretary. He got here again with a sheet of paper in his hand. Lampeth learn the invoice. except the £50,000 for the portray, it got here to £1,904. He took out his own checkbook and wrote the quantity in. “You’ll get an armored truck to carry it? ” “Of course,” Lipsey stated. “That’s within the invoice. Is every little thing else passable? ” Lampeth ripped out a payment and passed it to the detective. “I think of I’ve acquired a bargain,” he stated. the hot Room was once closed to the general public, and a protracted convention desk have been introduced in and set within the middle. all over the partitions have been darkish, heavy Victorian landscapes. They appeared applicable to the somber temper of the lads within the room. The representatives of 9 different galleries have been there. They sat on the desk, whereas the assistants and solicitors they'd introduced with them sat in occasional chairs within sight. Willow used to be on the head of the desk with Lampeth beside him. Rain pattered tirelessly opposed to the excessive, slender home windows within the wall. The air used to be thick with cigar smoke. “Gentlemen,” Willow all started, “we have all misplaced a great deal of funds and been made to appear really silly. we can't retrieve our satisfaction, so we're the following to debate getting our a refund. ” “It’s continually harmful to pay a blackmailer. ” The excessive Scots accessory belonged to Ramsey Crowforth. He twanged his suspenders and regarded excessive of his spectacles at Willow. “If we cooperate with those humans, they—or an individual else—could test an identical stunt back. ” The light, quiet voice of John Dixon reduce in. “I don’t imagine so, Ramsey. We’re all going to be much more cautious from now on—especially approximately provenances. this is often the type of trick you can’t play two times. ” “I believe Dixon,” a 3rd guy stated. Willow seemed down the desk to work out Paul Roberts, the oldest guy within the room, speaking round the stem of a pipe. He went on: “I don’t imagine the forger has whatever to lose. From what I learn within the press, it sort of feels he has lined his tracks so good that the police have very little desire of discovering him, whether we name them off or no longer. If we refuse to cooperate, the entire villain does is pocket his part one million kilos. ” Willow nodded. Roberts was once essentially the most revered broker in London—something of a grand outdated guy of the paintings world—and his notice could hold weight. Willow stated, “Gentlemen, i've got made a few contingency plans in order that, if we do choose to consent to those calls for, the item should be performed speedy.

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