Art Kills [NOOK Book]


From the marbled precincts of New York's uptown museum scene to the galleries and lofts of Soho to a Mafia mansion on the coast of Long Island, Lustbader's hotly paced novella sweeps Tess Chase - a no-nonsense woman with a connoisseur's taste for martial and fine arts - into the perilous pursuit of a long-lost painting by Renaissance master Raphael.
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From the marbled precincts of New York's uptown museum scene to the galleries and lofts of Soho to a Mafia mansion on the coast of Long Island, Lustbader's hotly paced novella sweeps Tess Chase - a no-nonsense woman with a connoisseur's taste for martial and fine arts - into the perilous pursuit of a long-lost painting by Renaissance master Raphael.
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The pursuit of a long-lost Raphael painting pits art appraiser Tess Chase against two siblings whose lust for art -- and murder -- comes naturally.
Publishers Weekly
Tess Chase is into the arts fine and martial as the heroine of this slender, mildly diverting thriller, in which the allegedly genteel milieu of art dealing intersects with the sleazy world of a notorious New York crime family. When a car deliberately hits and kills Howard Lenz, "a dodgy little art dealer," on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue across from the (fictitious) Empire State Museum of Art, art consultant Tess witnesses the crime. She follows the man who steals Lenz's blood-stained briefcase and discovers it contains a Raphael that was only rumored to exist. The priceless painting is being fought over by warring factions of the Bravanno crime family, one led by the urbane, ruthless Richard Sanborne (who married Jacqueline Bravanno, a Mafia daughter), the other by Antony Bravanno, Jacqueline's estranged brother. Tess finds herself in the middle of a plot that's too complex to unfold seamlessly in a mere 80 pages. She's a great concept for a heroine an intelligent, sophisticated woman who's not afraid of violent confrontation but she remains a concept. Lustbader's attempts to render her humanity seem contrived (as does Tess's short, bittersweet romance with Jacqueline). Similarly, most of the minor characters, such as the Mafiosi lieutenants, are crude, familiar caricatures of their type. Though the prose is at times vivid, nothing is as fully developed as it should be, and the ending feels forced. The book reads as if it were a treatment for a movie, lacking the dramatic unity that would make it a truly satisfying short work. (Jan. 4) Forecast: With rights sold to Britain, France, Germany and Japan, as well as Lustbader's high name recognition, expect initial strong sales, but be preparedfor a sudden falling off once readers realize this isn't up to the level of other titles in this quality novella series. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This patchy, illogical, curiously unmelodramatic novella sits art forgery expert Tess Chase down at a cafe across from the Empire State Museum of Art just as Howard Lenz leaves the building to become a hit-and-run victim, and a thin man with an El Greco face scoops up his briefcase and takes off. Tess follows him, of course, watches him die as well, bashes his murderer, and snatches up that briefcase, which turns out to contain a Raphael painting. Wait, there's more: Two goons arrive and escort Tess and the painting to the Bravanno compound on Long Island, where she and the beauteous Jacqueline exchange sultry glances while the lady's husband appropriates the paintings and spews lies. Back in the city, Jacqueline's brother turns up to enlist Tess in his battle for the Raphael. But Tess retreats to the Island, where soon she and Jacqueline are sprawled across lust-heated sheets. A swap of the painting for megabucks is arranged, but a double-crosser is on hand in Central Park to kill a couple of the participants before Tess is rescued by the feds and the tale screeches to a halt-along with any trace of common sense. The principal joy of reading Lustbader is in seeing how over-the-top he goes. Alas, here he gives his imagination, his kinkiness, his purple-prose bravura a day off. There's not even enough excitement to generate a really big yawn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989212984
  • Publisher: Stark Raving Group
  • Publication date: 3/17/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 203,610
  • File size: 223 KB

Meet the Author

Eric Van Lustbader’s first novel, The Sunset Warrior, was published in 1975. Since then, he has published more than twenty five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction’s most beloved and enduring heroes, continuing his exploits in five subsequent best-sellers. In 2003, he was asked by Estate of the late Robert Ludlum to continue the series based on Jason Bourne. The Bourne Legacy, published in 2004 continues and updates the adventures of Robert Ludlum’s famous international assassin. Mr. Lustbader has gone on to write five more Bourne novels, The Bourne Betrayal, The Bourne Sanction, The Bourne Deception, The Bourne Objective, The Bourne Dominio. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records among other companies. He and his wife, the author Victoria Lustbader, live in New York City and Long Island.
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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    Fast read

    This was a very short book as it only took me about an hour and a half to read it all the way through. The story was good however quite unbelievable in how things happened so fast. If it were a longer novel I'm sure the story line would have produced better. I've never read any of Eric Van Lustbader's books before and am curious about them if they are just as short but will look as the story did have substance.

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