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Final Faberge: A Novel of Suspense
     

Final Faberge: A Novel of Suspense

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by Thomas Swan
 

Rumor has it that a mysterious Fabergé Egg disappeared in the days just before the Russian Revolution. It's up to Scotland Yard art crime detective Jack Oxby to solve the mystery and find the infamous art treasure. Trouble is, whoever attempts to find the Fabergé Egg turns up dead. No matter for Oxby, the fearless hero of Thomas Swan's two previous art

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Rumor has it that a mysterious Fabergé Egg disappeared in the days just before the Russian Revolution. It's up to Scotland Yard art crime detective Jack Oxby to solve the mystery and find the infamous art treasure. Trouble is, whoever attempts to find the Fabergé Egg turns up dead. No matter for Oxby, the fearless hero of Thomas Swan's two previous art crime thrillers, The Da Vinci Deception and The Cezanne Chase. The Final Fabergé is a page-turning novel of suspense that fans of the British television series Lovejoy, the art history mysteries of Iain Pears, and the classic film The Thomas Crowne Affair, will thoroughly enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Star-Ledger
“The excitement of the story is bound to send first-time readers of Thomas Swan in search of his previous books.”
San Antonio Express-News
“Swan spins a taut tale...in a neat blend of art and crime.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On the night of his murder in 1916, Grigori Rasputin picks up a Faberg Imperial Easter egg he'd commissioned as a gift for Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna. In 1963, Vasily Karsalov loses the egg in a rigged poker game. More than 30 years later, Vasily's son Mikhail, now known as Mike Carson, has become a U.S. citizen, the owner of several car dealerships. At the opening of a new showroom, Carson is visited by Sasha Akimov, an old family friend, who tells Carson how his father was cheated out of the egg. Before revealing more, Akimov is shot. Meanwhile, in London, Det. Chief Insp. Jack Oxby takes a leave from Scotland Yard to accept a commission from the Forbes family to determine if Rasputin's Imperial egg still exists and, if so, to find it. New York City police detective Alex Tobias is investigating Akimov's murder when a meeting with Oxby provokes him to join the dangerous, cross-continental search for the precious artifact. Swan carefully intertwines the search for the murderer and the search for the egg so that the novel's numerous coincidences appear believable. And while Oxby doesn't sound the least bit English, he is charming and disarmingly intelligent. With only two other entries (The Da Vinci Deception and The C zanne Chase), Swan's series of art world mysteries has a short history, but its clever premises and excellent characters earmark it for a long future. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A King Tut-like curse apparently appends itself to anyone searching for Faberg 's legendary last-made Imperial egg, missing since the death of Rasputin. Scotland Yard's Inspector Oxby learns this only after beginning his own search for a famous art collector. An exciting blend of fact, exotic climes, and intrigue. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Scotland Yard's art-crimes specialist Jack Oxby's globe-trotting quest for a legendary Fabergé egg leads to a pack of homicidal Russians scheming to smuggle biological weapons. Oxby's third outing (The Da Vinci Deception, 1998, etc.) begins in 1916, with the mad monk Rasputin examining a bejeweled, intricately constructed egg that's come from the master jeweler to the Russian court, Peter Carl Fabergé. Before Rasputin can deliver the egg to Queen Alexandra, however, Prince Yusopov murders him and the egg is stolen by a plucky servant. Several years and many dastardly deeds go by as this priceless object seems to bring calamity and death to numerous owners—until Michael Carson, the émigré son of one of them who now owns a chain of car dealerships, learns from Sasha Akimov, a crony of Carson's missing father Vasily Karsalov, that Karsalov was cheated out of the egg long ago in a poker game by the vile (but preposterously timid) Oleg Deraybin, an ex-KGB thug now head of a Russian crime syndicate that dreams of hiding biological weapons in American cars to be shipped to terrorists around the world. Before Carson can ask where the egg is, Akimov is cut down by sexy female assassin Galina Lysenko, who, with her husband Viktor, are being paid by Deryabin to make sure Deryabin's automobile importing agreement with Carson goes through. Meanwhile, in Europe, Inspector Oxby takes a leave of absence to hunt down the egg for collector Christopher "Kip" Forbes, son of Malcolm. More corpses pile up after Oxby flies to St. Petersburg to enlist the help of an old museum-director friend. Eventually, Oxby's touristic traipse through Russia leads him to Karsalov—and,finally, to New York, where Deryabin has marked Oxby for death. Unconvincing and labored, even when the charming Oxby is on the scene, though with plenty of fun facts about Fabergé, Russian architecture, and New Jersey auto export lots.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557043825
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Swan chose art crime and thievery as the backdrop for his three highly praised thrillers featuring Inspector Jack Oxby: The Da Vinci Deception, The Cézanne Chase, and The Final Faberge. Swan was director of the national board of the Mystery Writers of America and past president of its New York chapter. His novels have all been Book of the Month Club selections and been translated into French, German, Greek, Japanese, Turkish, Russian, Polish, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Final Faberge: A Novel of Suspense 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Well Written! A roller coster rider on intrigue. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!