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Explosive photos appear in every scandal magazine in Europe. A dynasty is threatened. Vince Conte, a defrocked New York Police captain now working for a discrete security firm, is assigned to find out what happened. Who was the woman, who was the photographer, who paid to have those photos made? The woman is hard to find, and once found hard to control. The photographer is even harder to find. The investigation takes Conte to Milan, Amsterdam, the French Riviera, Rome, the Alps. Answers turn up that no one wants ...
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Explosive photos appear in every scandal magazine in Europe. A dynasty is threatened. Vince Conte, a defrocked New York Police captain now working for a discrete security firm, is assigned to find out what happened. Who was the woman, who was the photographer, who paid to have those photos made? The woman is hard to find, and once found hard to control. The photographer is even harder to find. The investigation takes Conte to Milan, Amsterdam, the French Riviera, Rome, the Alps. Answers turn up that no one wants to hear. Then people start dying, and Conte, torn between revealing the truth and keeping his job, may be next.--“In a literary age when every fictional detective seems to need a tic or an interesting past or a cat, there is something satisfyingly retro about Robert Daley’s Vincent Conte…you find yourself caring about these people and settling in for the ride…” – The Washington Post
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  • BN ID: 2940015885101
  • Publisher: Riviera Productions Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,186,796
  • File size: 284 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Daley is a former New York Times foreign correspondent, and the author of 28 books, including Prince of the City, Year of the Dragon, and Portraits of France, and his magazine articles and stories have appeared in most of America’s major magazines. In 1971-72 he served as a New York City deputy police commissioner, a job and a year that turned out to be more intimate and more tumultuous than he had bargained for—much more. A number of books books that came out of that year. In the course of his career the author has managed to get deep inside a number of worlds, including wine, opera, pro football, bullfighting, grand prix racing, treasure diving, and journalism, in addition to the police, and has written about them. Eight of his books were sold to the movies, six of which were filmed, including Year of the Dragon and Prince of the City. His work has been translated into fourteen languages. He is married with three daughters, and divides his time between a house in Connecticut and an apartment in Nice, France. See his website: Robertdaleyauthor.com
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    solid investigative tale

    As Antonio Murano¿s wife, European Duchess Maria Cristina, goes into labor, paparazzi Georges Grizzard takes pictures of the former tennis coach in close passionate proximity with beautiful bimbo, Gigi Meyer. Georges offers first dibs to the cheating spouse for $100,000, but Tony fails to come up with the money so Grizzard sells the photos to a tabloid. Outraged Duke Augustin II, who already detests Tony for a lot of valid reasons, kicks this common trash out of the family home. However, his wife, Lady Charlotte cannot believe Tony could be this stupid so wonders if her son-in-law is being framed. She hires American security firm Probe, Inc. who have an earned reputation for discrete investigations, to uncover the truth. Probe, Inc. sends Vincent Conte to Europe to handle the case because he speaks Italian. No one offers him any information including Grizzard and Gigi until the peripheral players start dying, making the former NYPD cop wonder if there is something even more sinister than destroying a marriage. --- Though lacking the stark suspense of Robert Daley's previous urban mysteries and nonfiction, PICTURES is a solid investigative tale starring a defrocked former cop struggling with a horde of Europeans, who refuse to cooperate even in some cases when death seems imminent. Vincent follows the money and corpses all over Western Europe as he tries to determine whether Tony was set up as Charlotte believes or just being Tony as the Duke accepts. Though somewhat more straightforward in plotting than usual, fans of Robert Daley will enjoy this European holiday thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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