Murder at the National Gallery (Capital Crimes Series #13)

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Overview

"POWERFUL . . . FASCINATING . . . Truman absolutely amazes."
--Atlanta Journal & Constitution

When the senior curator at Washington's famed National Gallery finds a missing painting by the Renaissance master Caravaggio, he mounts a world-class exhibition--and plots a brilliant forgery scheme that will stun the art world.

"A THRILLING CHASE."
--Publishers Weekly

But an artful deception suddenly becomes a portrait of blackmail and murder--as gallery owner and part-time sleuth ...

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Overview

"POWERFUL . . . FASCINATING . . . Truman absolutely amazes."
--Atlanta Journal & Constitution

When the senior curator at Washington's famed National Gallery finds a missing painting by the Renaissance master Caravaggio, he mounts a world-class exhibition--and plots a brilliant forgery scheme that will stun the art world.

"A THRILLING CHASE."
--Publishers Weekly

But an artful deception suddenly becomes a portrait of blackmail and murder--as gallery owner and part-time sleuth Annabel Reed-Smith and her husband go searching for clues in the heady arena of international art and uncover a rare collection of unscrupulous characters that leads all the way to Italy.

"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . . . One of [Margaret] Truman's best."
--Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Truman, daughter of Harry and Bess, centers the latest in her Capitol Crimes series, starring Washington, D.C., insiders Annabel and Mac Reed, in the often corrupt world of international art. Although the title incident doesn't occur until nearly the last chapter, the pace of the preceding action is breathless. As the National Gallery prepares for a special Caravaggio exhibit, senior curator Luther Mason happens to "discover" a lost Caravaggio masterpiece while in Italy. Installing the original in the exhibit but making plans to replace it afterwards, Mason, aided by cultural attach Carlo Giliberti, commissions two forgeriesone to send back to Italy and the other to sell to an underground art dealer who believes he is buying the original. In the meantime, Mason must deal with his scrounging son, Julian, and his mistress and gallery assistant, Lynn Marshall, who is angling for a quick promotion. Along for the ride is well-known art critic, the asexual M. Scott Pims, who adores intrigue. After four murders, the players who remain meet for a thrilling chase from Rome to Abruzzi. The amiable ReedsAnnabel is a gallery owner and Mac a law school professorare in top form here. (July)
School Library Journal
YATruman introduces readers to an art world in which theft, forgery, blackmail, and murder are everyday occurrences, and big money is the catalyst. Senior curator of the National Gallery of Art, Luther Mason, is planning a brilliant exhibition of Caravaggio paintings, culminating with the "surprising" discovery of a work that has been lost for hundreds of years. The commission of two expert forgeries of the lost painting propel Mason, the staff of the museum, the wife of the Vice-President of the United States, and the government of Italy into a dangerous treasure hunt. Truman writes comfortably and simply. By using a modern literary device, she forces readers to synthesize events and information presented in the beginning of the book into the plot. An entertaining mystery.Debbie Hyman, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449219386
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Capital Crimes Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 363,483
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Truman has won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her ongoing series of Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let us into the corridors of power and privilege, poverty and pageantry in the nation's capital.

She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Clifton Daniel, distinguished journalist, author, and editor. They have four sons and two grandchildren.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A Good Man Turns to Crime

    In Murder at the National Gallery, Margaret Truman examines the character flaws that can make a relatively mild-mannered, relatively good man, Luther Mason, turn to crime. We get to meet his cold mother, his ambitious ex-wife, his controlling girlfriend, his spoiled son, and also the delightful Annabel Reed-Smith, commissioned by the Vice-President¿s wife to work with Luther on the National Gallery¿s prestigious exhibit of the tempestuous Italian painter Carivaggio¿s work. It¿s Annabel that helps to solve the mystery. We get to experience her joys and trials as an art gallery owner. We travel with her to Italy and learn about the amazing collections of magnificent art that exist in that country. We also hold our breath when Annabel gets mixed up in Luther Mason¿s crazy schemes and comes close to losing her life. In my opinion, Murder at the National Gallery started slow. However, I felt happy that I stayed with the story because it heated up nicely as it progressed until I felt very grateful for the wide range of characters, an insider¿s look into the world of fine art forgeries, behind the scenes at the Capital, the Italian mob¿s connection with fine art, and a suspenseful mystery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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