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—Booklist (starred review)
"The Lost Van Gogh is a stylish thriller that combines historical and contemporary intrigue with fascinating glimpses into the rarefied world of fine art. A most promising debut novel."
—Marcia Muller, New York Times bestselling author
"A great roller-coaster of a thriller. The Lost Van Gogh is a masterful blend of suspense and police procedural, with a touch of history brilliantly added to give the tale resonance. Bravo!"
—Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Twelfth Card
"A fascinating look into the world of stolen art, The Lost Van Gogh, with its intricate and well-researched plot, will keep you engrossed and intrigued until the last page. A.J. Zerries uses a deft touch to create a tense and clever story that rises high above the usual art theft caper. This one will leave you breathless."
—New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille
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Posted May 27, 2006
The Lost Van Gogh, the inaugural work of husband/wife writing team A.J. Zerries, [ISBN 0765312506, May 2006, St. Martin's Press] is the latest in a series of adventure/mysteries which take place in the middle and latter part of the 20th century. This cosmopolitan thriller novel set in New York City, Long Island, Maine, Paris and Argentina provides us with the insider's view of the world of contemporary art collectors, dealers and famous museums. A latter day Columbo, New York City Police Department Major Case Squad Detective Clay Ryder, former Navy SEAL, Ivy League educated art enthusiast, and a former employee of a highly regarded art dealer helps to solve several Upper West Side B & E's, a socialite's murder, and the delivery of a $50 million lost Van Gogh portrait to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Along the way, we learn the ins and outs of police procedure and politics as Ryder traces the Van Gogh painting's provenance, delving into the wholesale theft of artwork by the Nazis during their occupation of many countries in Europe during the waning months of World War II. Detective Ryder assists the Met with reuniting the painting of Monsieur Trabuc with the sole surviving heir of the original Holocaust-era owner, Dr. Rachel Preminger Meredith, an NYU professor of film studies at the Tisch School of the Arts. The Met hastily mounts a striking exhibit entitled ¿The Empty Frame¿, which evokes the presence of looted artwork which have not been returned to the rightful owners or heirs while highlighting the return of Meredith's prize Grand Master. Action accelerates once the Van Gogh takes its place on the wall of the Merediths' Greenwich Village apartment and the professor refuses to sell it to any of the gallery directors pounding their way to her door. When Ryder investigates a series of events that befall the beautiful professor and her family, he uncovers the decades-long trail of a Nazi officer and others who will stop at nothing, including murder, to regain ownership of the Van Gogh masterpiece. Mossad agents, New York detectives, Maine policemen all combine forces to hunt down the master Nazi criminal in a breath-taking sequence of chases. This is a first fiction work from the Zerries, but hopefully, not the last! Although it isn't The Da Vinci Code, for those who like art and culture, travel, intrigue and history all entwined with romance and social commentary, this is a great reading choice for a long daily commute or for a lakeside read this summer.
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Posted December 9, 2008
The Metropolitan Museum of Art curators are stunned when a lost $50 million van Gogh Portrait of Monsieur Trabuc arrives in an ordinary UPS package delivered from Argentina. NYPD Major Case Squad Detective Clay Ryder specializes in art theft, so is assigned the investigation.--------- He learns that in 1944 Paris, a Jewish widow accused a German SS officer of stealing her family¿s van Gogh painting. However, the officer apparently died soon after the complaint was lodged in a car accident the painting vanished. Ryder traces the offspring of the widow, which leads to NYU Professor Rachel Meredith. The MOMA does the right thing restoring ownership to Rachel in a gala that attains international reporting. However, soon afterward someone attacks Rachel, who turns to Clay for safety even as Israeli Mossad operatives see the painting as the first step in capturing an SS officer who has been underground for decades.------------ This terrific thriller that is at its best during Clay¿s initial investigation as readers obtain a strong police procedural and insight into Nazi art looting. The tale remains suspense filled fun as it spins into the search for the Nazi and the assaults on Rachel. However having both leaves the former a bit shortchanged and unneeded. Still THE LOST VAN GOGH is quite a find for thriller readers.----------- Harriet Klausner
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Posted June 12, 2006
In short, this first effort is as good as it gets. The plot was suspenseful, the characterizations were rich, and the prose was written for readers with a modicum of intelligence. I generally do not like sequels, but this one will be an exception.
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Posted March 8, 2013
Got this book as one of B&N deals of the day and really enjoyed it.....Great rounded story which had lots of elements, and some great surprises....and at the end of the story all threads were wrapped up and tucked away nicely...
For a first attempt at a book, this was a job well done. Would make a really good movie as well...picture a young Bruce Willis type as Clay.
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Posted July 28, 2012
The author touches an array of typicla suspense thriller resource ingredients, and tries devlop something interesting along the way: a frustrated non-conforming emotionally-tormented NY loner art specialist detective; a long-lost Nazi war criminal that we hear about in the historic sense, who is is the.chief antagonist (which is hard to really feel anxcious about since he is only referenxed in the past tense, and is never a live presence in any way); an Israeli Mossad connection who once appears to share a pastrami sandwich while seeking the tormented.detective's help in locating the Nazi war criminal that we never even see any present-day evidence of.
No solid well-developed conflict or characters are ever really developed. It always seems like an interesting plot might be around the corner, teasing you to keep readingto make all the time already spent worthwhile. Then the book suddenly ends, leaving you wondering what happened to the body of the real plot that never showed up.
The most fully developed character was the pastrami sandwiches. We got the background on how great they smell, and the expert NY delicapable of such a sandwich.
A waste of time.
Posted July 25, 2012
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