The Modigliani Scandal [NOOK Book]

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A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away...
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Overview

A fabulous "lost masterpiece" becomes the ultimate prize for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101436622
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/15/1986
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 31,501
  • File size: 664 KB

Meet the Author

Ken Follett





Ken Follett is one of the world's best–loved novelists. He has sold more than one hundred million copies. His last book, World Without End, went straight to the No. 1 position on bestseller lists in the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France.



He first hit the charts in 1978 with Eye of the Needle, a taut and original thriller with a memorable woman character in the central role. The book won the Edgar Award and became an outstanding film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland.



He went on to write four more bestselling thrillers: Triple, The Key to Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersburg, and Lie Down with Lions. Cliff Robertson and David Soul starred in the miniseries of The Key to Rebecca. In 1994 Timothy Dalton, Omar Sharif, and Marg Helgenberger starred in the miniseries of Lie Down with Lions.



He also wrote On Wings of Eagles, the true story of how two employees of Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the revolution of 1979. This book was made into a miniseries with Richard Crenna as Ross Perot and Burt Lancaster as Colonel "Bull" Simons.



Ken Follett then surprised readers by radically changing course with The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about building a cathedral in the Middle Ages. Published in September 1989 to rave reviews, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for eighteen weeks. It also reached the No. 1 position on lists in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy, and was on the German bestseller list for six years. It was voted the third greatest book ever written by 250,000 viewers of the German television station ZDF in 2004, beaten only by The Lord of the Rings and the Bible. When The Times (London) asked its readers to vote for the sixty greatest novels of the last sixty years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at No. 2, after To Kill a Mockingbird. (The sequel, World Without End, was No. 23 on the same list.) In November 2007, Pillars became the most popular choice of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, returning to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The miniseries, produced by Ridley Scott and starring Ian McShane and Matthew Macfadyen, is due for broadcast in 2010.



After Pillars, Ken Follett abandoned the straightforward spy genre for awhile, but his stories still had powerful narrative drive, strong women characters, and elements of suspense and intrigue. Night over Water, A Dangerous Fortune, and A Place Called Freedom followed.



Then he returned to the thriller. The Third Twin was a scorching suspense novel about a young woman scientist who stumbles across a secret experiment in genetic engineering. Miniseries rights were sold to CBS for $1,400,000, a record price for four hours of television. The series, starring Kelly McGillis and Larry Hagman, was broadcast in the United States in November 1997. (Ken Follett appeared briefly as the butler.) In Publishing Trends' annual survey of international fiction bestsellers for 1997, The Third Twin was ranked No. 2 in the world, beaten only by John Grisham's The Partner.



The Hammer of Eden, another nail–biting contemporary suspense story, came in 1998. Code to Zero (2000), about brainwashing and rocket science in the fifties, went to No. 1 on bestseller lists in the United States, Germany, and Italy, and film rights were snapped up by Doug Wick, producer of Gladiator, in a seven-figure deal. Jackdaws (2001), a World War II spy story in the tradition of Eye of the Needle, won the Corine Prize for 2003. Film rights were sold to Dino De Laurentiis. Hornet Flight, about two young people who escape from German–occupied Denmark in a Hornet Moth biplane, is loosely based on a true story. It was published in December 2002. Whiteout, a contemporary thriller about the theft of a dangerous virus from a laboratory, was published in 2004 and made into a miniseries in 2009.



World Without End, the long–awaited sequel to The Pillars of the Earth, was published in October 2007. It is set in Kingsbridge, the fictional location of the cathedral in Pillars, and features the descendants of the original characters at the time of the Black Death. It was a No.1 bestseller in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Spain, where it was the fastest–selling book ever published in the Spanish language, outstripping the last Harry Potter book.



A board game based on The Pillars of the Earth was released worldwide in 2007 – 2008 and won the following prizes: Deutscher Spielepreis 2007, Game of the Year 2007 in the United States (GAMES 100), Jeu d'annee 2007 (Canada), Juego del ano 2007 (Spain), Japan Boardgame Prize 2007, Arets Spill 2007 (Norway), and Spiele Hit 2007 (Austria). It was a nominee in Finland, France, and the Netherlands, and got a recommendation in Germany by the Jury "Spiel des Jahres."



In 2008 Ken was awarded the Olaguibel Prize by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos Vasco–Navarro for contributing to the promotion and awareness of architecture. A statue of him by the distinguished Spanish sculptor Casto Solano was unveiled in January 2008 outside the Cathedral of Santa Maria in the Basque capital of Vitoria–Gasteiz in northern Spain.



His next project is his most ambitious yet. The Century Trilogy will tell the entire history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of five linked families: one American, one English, one German, one Russian, and one Welsh. The first book, Fall of Giants, focusing on the First World War and the Russian Revolution, will be published worldwide simultaneously on September 28, 2010. He is already at work on the second book, provisionally titled The Winter of the World, about the Spanish civil war, the Second World War, and the development of nuclear weapons.



Ken Follett is married to Barbara Follett, a political activist who was the member of Parliament for Stevenage in Hertfordshire for thirteen years and minister for culture in the government of Gordon Brown. They live in a rambling rectory in Stevenage and also have an eighteenth-century town house in London and a beach house in Antigua. Ken Follett is a lover of Shakespeare and is often seen at London productions of the Bard's plays. An enthusiastic amateur musician, he plays bass guitar in a band called Damn Right I Got the Blues and appears occasionally with the folk group Clog Iron playing a bass balalaika.



He was chair of the National Year of Reading 1998 – 99, a British government initiative to raise literacy levels. He was president of the charity Dyslexia Action for ten years. He is a member of The Welsh Academy, a board director of the National Academy of Writing, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Literature (D.Litt.) by the University of Glamorgan as well as similar degrees by Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan—where his papers are kept in the Ken Follett Archive—and by the University of Exeter in 2008. He is active in numerous Stevenage charities and was a governor of Roebuck Primary School for ten years, serving as chair of governors for four of those years.



He was born on June 5, 1949, in Cardiff, Wales, the son of a tax inspector. He was educated at state schools and

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    1. Hometown:
      Hertfordshire, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cardiff, Wales
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Philosophy, University College, London, 1970

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Introduction

 

PART ONE - Priming the Canvas

I

II

III

IV

V

 

PART TWO - The Landscape

I

II

III

IV

V

 

PART THREE - Figures in the Foreground

I

II

III

IV

V

 

PART FOUR - The Varnish

I

II

III

IV

V

 

The Modigliani Scandal

A high-speed, high-stakes thriller from Ken Follett,
the grand master of international action and
suspense

 

A fabulous ″lost masterpiece″ becomes the ultimate prize-for an art historian whose ambition consumes everyone around her, an angry young painter with a plan for revenge on the art establishment, and a desperate gallery owner who may have double-crossed his own life away. Behind the elegance and glamour of the art world, anything goes—theft, forgery, betrayal, and maybe even murder....

PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF KEN FOLLETT

JACKDAWS

″[A] celebration of uncommon courage and unlikely heroes.″

—People

″Great entertainment.″

—The Baltimore Sun

 

CODE TO ZERO

″Gripping.″

—The New York Times

″This spy thriller is Follett at his best.″

—People

 

THE HAMMER OF EDEN

″Hammer will nail readers to their seats.″

—People

″Follett ratchets up the Richter scale of suspense.″

—USA Today

 

THE THIRD TWIN

″Follett really knows how to tell a story.″

—The Atlanta journal-Constitution

″His scenes whip along. And his ending is absolutely smashing.″

—The Virginian-Pilot

 

A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM

″An altogether entertaining reading experience.″

—Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

A DANGEROUS FORTUNE

″A terrific page-turner. Careening thrills ... telling historical detail ... genuine surprises.″

—Los Angeles Times

″Relentlessly suspenseful.″

—The New York Times

 

NIGHT OVER WATER

″An excruciatingly taut drama on the aerial equivalent of the Orient Express ... thoroughly satisfying ... his best since Eye of the Needle.″

—Publishers Weekly

LIE DOWN WITH LIONS

″Sheer suspense.″

—The Washington Post

ʺVintage Follett.... This is his most ambitious novel and it succeeds admirably.... Tense, vivid, excating ... satisfies on deep levels.ʺ

—USA Today

 

ON WINGS OF EAGLES

″Absolutely electric with suspense.″

—San Francisco Chronicle

″A marvelous, rare, terrific read.... A superb edge-of-the-seat true story that is as exciting as a novel.″

—USA Today

 

THE MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG

″Ken Follett has done it once more ... goes down with the ease and impact of a well-prepared martini.ʺ

—The New York Time Book Review

 

THE KEY TO REBECCA

″A top-flight adventure thriller ... violence, intrigue, and exotic passions ... a vivid page-turner.″

—The Wieshington Post

″The most exciting novel in years.″

—The Cincinnati Enquire

 

TRIPLE

″One of the liveliest thrillers of the year.... Follett is a master of crafty plot and incredible detail.... A sizzling narrative.″

—Time

 

EYE OF THE NEEDLE

″Really thrilling.″

—The New York Times Book Review

″An absolutely terrific thriller, so pulse-pounding, so ingenious in its plotting, and so frighteningly realistic that you simply cannot stop reading.″

—Publishers Weekly

ALSO BY KEN FOLLETT

The Modigliani Scandal
Paper Money
Eye of the Needle
Triple
The Key to Rebecca
The Man from St. Petersburg
On Wings of Eagles
Lie Down with Lions
The Pillars of the Earth
Night over Water
A Dangerous Fortune
A Place Called Freedom
The Third Twin
The Hammer of Eden
Code to Zero
Jackdaws

SIGNET

Published by New American Library, a division of
Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street,
New York, New York 10014, USA
Penguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto.
Ontario M4P 2Y3, Canada (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.)
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Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd.)
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Auckland 1310, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand
Ltd.)
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Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa

 

Penguin Books Ltd., Registered Offices:
80 Strand, London WC2R ORL, England

 

Published by Signet, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Pen-
guin Group (USA) Inc. Published by arrangement with the author.
First Signet Printing, May 1985
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Copyright @ Zachary Stone, 1976 Introduction copyright @ Holland Copyright Corporation, 1985

All rights reserved

REGISTERED TRADEMARK—MARCAREGISTRADA

 

Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.

 

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party Web sites or their content.

 

 

The scanning, uploading, and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. Your support of the author’s rights is appreciated.

eISBN : 978-1-101-43662-2

INTRODUCTION

IN A MODERN THRILLER the hero generally saves the world. Traditional adventure stories are more modest: The central character merely saves his own life, and perhaps the life of a faithful friend or a plucky girl. In less sensational novels—the middlebrow, well-told narratives that have been the staple diet of readers for more than a century—there is less at stake, but still a character′s efforts, struggles, and choices determine his destiny in a dramatic fashion.

I don′t actually believe that life is like that. In reality, circumstances quite beyond our control usually determine whether we live or die, become happy or miserable, strike it rich or lose everything. For example: Most rich people inherit their money. Most well-fed people simply had the luck to be bom in an af fluent country. Most happy people were born into loving families, and most miserable people had crazy parents.

I′m not a fatalist, nor do I believe that everything in life is blind chance. We do not control our lives the way a chess player controls his pieces, but life is not roulette either. As usual, the truth is complicated. Mechanisms beyond our control—and sometimes beyond our understanding—debermine a person′s fate, yet the choices he makes have consequences, if not the consequences he anticipated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    A Tepid Story

    This is not one of Ken Follett's better books. The story is two-dimensional, a bit confusing at times. Nor is the heroine particularly sympathetic. Worst, the audio recording is very soft; even at full volume in the car, we had trouble hearing it.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Excellent! I have never read a Ken Follet book that I didn't absolutely love. An excellent writer.

    Ken Follett's books are all excellent and will be enjoyed by all ages and sexes. Can hardly wait until his next one is published.

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    Disappointed

    Sort of slow. Of all the Follett books I've read, this was not too interesting.

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    Highly Recommended

    If you liked any of Ken Follett's other books, you will certainly like this one also. A quick read, great for a rainy day. Suspenseful from the beginning to the end.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    OK if you can get past the misprints

    In the nook book form this is a difficult read. Very often the quotation marks and apostrophes were replaced with a question mark. The word clear or clean looks as if the c and l ran together to form the letter d. Put up with that, and it's an interesting plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2011

    not worth it

    I've read many other Ken Follet books and this is nothing like the others. It is not an historical fiction. The story revolves around different people all scheming at something in the art world. Not particularly engrossing and i kept reading, thinking something exciting was sure to happen. Not a bad read because Follet is a good writter, but certainly not up to his usual standards.

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