The Curse of Van Gogh

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Tyler Sears, art thief, just released from a Federal prison, vows never again. He slides into a simple life bartending in NYC until one day an invitation arrives to the hottest art event of the season, where Tyler meets Komate Imasu, famed art collector. Suddenly Tyler's vows of abstinence slip away as Imasu uses threats against Tyler's family. Tyler quickly learns that gambling against a ruthless billionaire is never a good idea. Forgetting his own safety, Tyler plunges headfirst into a world of art forgers, hit...

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The Curse of Van Gogh: A Novel

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Overview

Tyler Sears, art thief, just released from a Federal prison, vows never again. He slides into a simple life bartending in NYC until one day an invitation arrives to the hottest art event of the season, where Tyler meets Komate Imasu, famed art collector. Suddenly Tyler's vows of abstinence slip away as Imasu uses threats against Tyler's family. Tyler quickly learns that gambling against a ruthless billionaire is never a good idea. Forgetting his own safety, Tyler plunges headfirst into a world of art forgers, hit men, Yakuza, a femme fatale named Chanel N°5, and the hideous curse of van Gogh, in order to pull off...the greatest art heist in history.

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2014-05-01
Debut author Hoppe offers a crime thriller about the difficulty of stealing famous art.Tyler Sears is an art thief who's had the bad luck of being caught more than once. After a stint in jail, "courtesy of the botched [Museo del] Prado job," he's decided to go straight. He attempts to live a life of normalcy as a bartender in New York City, and there, he deals with both romantic and familial difficulties. But when he's summoned to the foreboding office of a wealthy Japanese businessman, his fears of being forced back into crime are realized. Tyler must steal a dozen well-known paintings from an upcoming art show in Washington, D.C.; the businessman is threatening his family, so he can't fail. Relying on connections to the criminal underground and his cunning talent for planning, Tyler embarks on his mission but fears the task ahead. Added into the mix is the lovely Lucy, a girl Tyler jilted after a rendezvous in Paris but whom he can't seem to forget. Can Tyler steal the paintings without being caught, killed or getting his heart broken? The story makes use of a range of well-scripted geographical details, jumping between New York City and Washington with frequent stops in between—including a brief foray in the Southwest—and the author shows a deep awareness of these locations. In Hoppe's hands, Tyler stakes his claim as a cool gentleman thief: He's a lover of fine art, liked by just about everyone he meets and never one to turn down a joint from a pretty lady. However, some readers may not have a high tolerance for an ARTnews-reading ex-felon bartender. His antagonists also tend to lack subtlety; Tyler's employer, for example, seems strangely ambivalent about his welfare, an attitude which ultimately proves counterproductive.An inviting, if uneven, story of a modern-day gentleman thief.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940716152
  • Publisher: She Writes Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hoppe worked as a lobbyist in Washington DC, a stockbroker on Wall Street, and a screenwriter in Hollywood before writing his first novel. He has lived on four different continents and currently splits his time between the High
Sierras and the beaches of Australia.

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  • Posted November 14, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Did I enjoy this book: Sure. It was a fast, exciting read for th

    Did I enjoy this book: Sure. It was a fast, exciting read for the most part.




    I finished The Curse of Van Gogh in an afternoon; however, I skimmed over a lot of the preparation details for the heist. It got to be too much for me and a bit too repetitive. This book reminded me a bit (tiny bit) of the Ocean’s Eleven etc movies and of Entrapment. It wasn’t a big reminder, but those movies were brought to mind.




    I was expecting more history about the curse, more intrigue. But it was mentioned briefly, just not focused on. The proposition of Tyler by Imasu set the tone for the book. It had me interested. The heist was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat to see if Tyler would pull it off. The event at the end made the book worthwhile to me.




    That ending is what make me give this book 3 stars instead of 2.




    Would I recommend it: Sure.




    Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 19, 2014

    An art heist that kept me holding my breath til the very end!  T

    An art heist that kept me holding my breath til the very end!  Tyler is out of prison from a previous art robbery that didn't quite go as planned and he was completely caught.  Now he is out and given the charge for a new job that seems completely ridiculous!

    This was a fantastic book with perfect ups and downs.  Tyler's nemesis in this book were great, both his "boss" and the one trying to catch him in the act, I loved how detailed the author gave them.  Tyler's mom and brother were perfect inclusions, they gave his job even more of a stake for him as his boss was completely threatening them.  It had me biting my nails!

    This may be another art heist book, but it was a good one.  I would recommend this to readers of any genre, this one had it all.

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  • Posted August 16, 2014

    If you like stories of crime and suspense is a story for you

    If you like stories of crime and suspense is a story for you

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