The Icon Thief [NOOK Book]

Overview

A controversial masterpiece resurfaces in Budapest. A ballerina's headless corpse is found beneath the boardwalk at Brighton Beach. And New York's Russian mob is about to collide with the equally ruthless art world...



Maddy Blume, an ambitious young art buyer for a Manhattan hedge fund, is desperate to track down a priceless painting by Marcel Duchamp, the most influential...
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The Icon Thief

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Overview

A controversial masterpiece resurfaces in Budapest. A ballerina's headless corpse is found beneath the boardwalk at Brighton Beach. And New York's Russian mob is about to collide with the equally ruthless art world...



Maddy Blume, an ambitious young art buyer for a Manhattan hedge fund, is desperate to track down a priceless painting by Marcel Duchamp, the most influential artist of the twentieth century. The discovery of a woman’s decapitated body thrusts criminal investigator Alan Powell into a search for the same painting, with its enigmatic image of a headless nude. And a Russian thief and assassin known as the Scythian must steal the painting to save his reputation – and his life. The murderous race is on. And in the lead is an insidious secret society intent on reclaiming the painting for reasons of its own – and by any means necessary….




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nevala-Lee’s cerebral, exciting debut proves there’s plenty of life left in the Da Vinci Code–style thriller as long as fresh venues and original characters enhance the familiar plot elements and genre tropes. When a small painting of a headless woman by surrealist painter Marcel Duchamp comes up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York, Maddy Blume, who works for an art investment company called the Reynard Art Fund, bids on the painting, but she loses out at million to a bidder representing a Russian oligarch. A number of disparate elements—the Rosicrucians, composer Eric Satie, the Black Dahlia murder, occultist Aleister Crowley, chess, the Soviet secret service, Lenin, and several obscure secret societies—involve a conspiracy that Maddy and Englishman Alan Powell of the Serious Organized Crime Agency must unravel as they investigate a series of mysterious killings. Nevala-Lee leaves a few loose ends to be resolved in what is sure to be the eagerly awaited sequel. Agent: David Halpern, the Robbins Office. (Mar.)
Jesse Kellerman
"Alec Nevala-Lee comes roaring out of the gate with a novel that's as thrilling as it is thought-provoking, as unexpected as it is erudite. The Icon Thief is a wild ride through a fascinating and morally complex world, a puzzle Duchamp himself would have applauded. Bravo."
Paul Christopher
Alec Nevala-Lee is no debut author; he must have been a thriller writer in some past life. This one has everything: great writing, great characters, great story, great bad guy....The Icon Thief is smart, sophisticated, and has enough fast-paced action to keep anyone up past midnight."
James Becker
"Twists and turns aplenty....Add a storyline where almost nothing is as it first appears, and where the plot turns around on itself to reveal startling contradictions, and the result is a book that grips and holds the reader like a vise. I devoured it in a single sitting."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101577240
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 181,846
  • File size: 621 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Couldn't put it down!

    This is a gripping thriller with interesting characters, including the Scythian - the Russian underworld's answer to Jason Bourne. Nevala-Lee could make a compelling scene out of this guy tying his shoes. Overall, I highly recommend this fun read about the sinister forces at work behind the scenes of the art world. I read the whole book in a weekend, and I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Coolaid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    To moonkit

    Can i rp the black one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Mousekit to godenstar

    Can you re-do the cerimony so i can see it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 13, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Shadowclaw to icetail

    Ill help

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Softkit

    "Hi, Goldenstar! You told me to come here and say that tonight, Voltkit and l can be apprentices. Thanks!" She says before padding outm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Frostcloud

    I would like to be deptuy because i want to make shure this Clan will never be destroyed. I want to help the Clan in any way shape or form. I am on most of the time and mornings. I will be honest with u i will not be on alot next week because of camp and tghe week after because i am going on vacation. But i will serve u as best as i can. I will orgonize patrols and i have gad an apprentice. If u do not choose me i will understand and will not take it personaly. I hope u consider me for the new deptuy of BlazeClan.

    ••~•• Sincerly, Frostcloud

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Mistypaw

    Hi. Can i join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Nightflower

    Me...im totally in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    ArletFox's kits

    Bellakit, Astridkit, Shilohkit, Eggokit, Newkit (lol). Adopted: Stelluarkit (Rosiekit's Rp). Missing kits from past moons (adopted and other): Turquoisekit, Darkkit, Shadekit, Aurorakit (Shilohkit), Anthonykit, PiKit, Callakit, Zelliekit (Astridkit).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Icetail

    Tell me. Ive heard worse probably. Ive had numerous hate notes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Furykit

    Furykit Streamkit Stripekit and Rainkit need to be apprentices. Leafjay Ivyweather and Clouddapple can take apprentices if there are any that need to be mentored. (But please dont make my characters mentor my other charcters)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    darkpelt

    Ill do whatever we are volunteering for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Amepelt

    I wont. I got grounded and couldnt post. ~ Flamepelt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Blossomwing

    Goldenstar if you need us to me or Berryleaf can mentor an apprentice. -Blossomwing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Windkit

    Goldenstar ive heard things about another windkit! I wuz here first. The other one is a tom
    ~Windkit swirlnights kit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Alphapaw

    I live in california

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    Posted August 12, 2012

    Cloudmit

    Its true.

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