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This non-stop, pulse-jangling thrill ride has more heart-pounding twists and turns than an out-of-control roller coaster, as L.A. newspaper columnist Neil Gulliver and his ex-wife, Stevie Marriner, chase after priceless art masterpieces stolen almost seventy years ago and believed lost forever.

In fact, these treasures have never been lost, only hidden in the secret galleries and vaults of greedy art dealers and wealthy private collectors. They are an ugly breed prepared to pay ...

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Overview

This non-stop, pulse-jangling thrill ride has more heart-pounding twists and turns than an out-of-control roller coaster, as L.A. newspaper columnist Neil Gulliver and his ex-wife, Stevie Marriner, chase after priceless art masterpieces stolen almost seventy years ago and believed lost forever.

In fact, these treasures have never been lost, only hidden in the secret galleries and vaults of greedy art dealers and wealthy private collectors. They are an ugly breed prepared to pay any sum to acquire more great works by the masters. When power and wealth fail them, violence is readily available.

The gift of a suite of Andy Warhol silkscreens plunges Neil and Stevie into this nasty, dangerous underworld. They escape more than one brush with death as they decipher the secret of each print and try to keep one step ahead of paid killers, among them Clegg, a terrifying, tormented man who has his private reasons for the murders he commits.

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Publishers Weekly
More than paint is hot in this ambitious and showbizzy return (after 2001s The John Lennon Affair) of divorced Hollywood amateur sleuths, long-running columnist Neil Gulliver and popular actress Stevie Marriner. When underworld boss and benefactor Aaron Lodger gives Stevie a collection of 11 Andy Warhol silk screens, she and Neil find themselves in ever-darker territory as they try to learn the value of this treasure. Neils sources"gallery entrepreneur Kip Lingle, retired crime reporter Augie Fowler and other experts"turn up nothing. A call from someone saying he is Theodore Rosenstock, an art dealer, brings an impressive offer that shoots even higher as Neil hesitates, sensing something is not right. Augie enlists the shadowy Ari and Zev, lawyers and self-styled righters of wrongs. In pursuit of identification and discovery they expose Neil and Stevie to grave danger, tangling them with an avaricious underground network of collectors willing to kill for illegally gotten artwork and confronting them with items confiscated by the Nazis from Jewish collectors. Identities are constantly in question, since most of the characters have dual personas and others have private as well as public faces, like the frightening Clegg, a killer-for-hire dispatched to terminate anyone who gets in his bosss way. Theres almost too much going on here, making the plot difficult to follow at times, but Levinson, a veteran art columnist and critic, reveals plenty of substance under the glitz. Current individual romantic pursuits aside, Neil and Stevie are still very emotionally connected, which adds to the heat and guarantees them another appearance. Advertising in mystery publications. (Aug. 29) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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The L.A. newspaper columnist and his ex-wife (The John Lennon Affair) risk murder and mayhem to unravel the mystery of art masterpieces stolen during World War II. Apparently, a group of wealthy collectors and greedy dealers will stop at nothing - including a paid killer named Clegg - to acquire more. Fast-paced and furious. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Innocently enough, an admirer gives Stevie Marriner, beloved "Sex Queen of the Soaps," a Pandora's box of Andy Warhol silkscreen prints. On opening it, Stevie and her ex-husband, columnist Neil Gulliver, are plunged headlong into their fifth perilous adventure. Colorful as the prints are, they have a dark history connected to the Nazis' plunder of art treasures owned by Jews they subsequently murdered. Originally, the suite consisted of a dozen prints, but in Stevie's possession there are only 11. The missing Warhol contains a telltale clue, and if Stevie and Neil can successfully track and crack it, they'll catch the reclusive and villainous collector who has a stash of Manets, Monets, Pissarros, and Picassos that don't belong to him. Needless to say, however, this super-rich exploiter of Holocaust suffering is so reluctant to have his identity revealed that he's willing to turn the efficient and merciless killer Clegg loose against a variety of international pursuers, from Stevie and Neil to a brace of rival greedy collectors to the legendary Mossad. Efficient and merciless in its own right, the Jewish special operations agency not only wants priceless stolen art recovered, it wants something even more: vengeance. Unfortunately, Stevie and Neil, who once quarreled wittily (The John Lennon Affair, 2001, etc.), now wrangle tiresomely. Maybe we know them too well; maybe this hot paint is just warmed over.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765302311
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/24/2002
  • Series: Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner Novels
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert S. Levinson draws on his years as an art columnist, critic, feature writer, and reviewer for publications such as Rolling Stone in creating Hot Paint. Levinson lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sandra.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting crime thriller

    Newspaper columnist Neil Gulliver and soap opera queen and theatre actress Stevie Marriner were once married. Now that they are divorced they have a much better relationship in every sense of the word. A retired mobster gives Neil and Stevie a suite of eleven Andy Warhol prints, each one containing a painting and the artist who owns it. <P>Shortly after, the couple is asked to meet an old friend and two of his guests who turn out to be Mossad agents. They tell Stevie and Neil that the Nazis confiscated the paintings from Jews who rightfully owned them. They¿re also informed that there was supposed to be a twelfth print but it has gone missing. Some of the people in the paintings are dead and the paintings have disappeared. Neil smells a big story and Stevie wants to be a part of the investigation since she owns half the prints. As usual Neil and Stevie are going against some very dangerous characters who have killed before and have no compunction against killing again. <P>HOT PAINT, the latest episode in the Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner mystery series, is an exciting crime thriller that plays out on many levels. The protagonists steal the show with their offbeat yet genuine relationship and the way they work as a team when the chips are down making this reviewer think there is hope for a reconciliation. Robert R. Levinson has written a strong story that links present day crimes to those committed during World War II. <P>Harriet Klausner

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