The Goring Collectionby Tom Barnes
Jacob Meyers is stunned to see his father's Pissarro-taken by the Nazis in 1945-among the paintings up for sale at The Old World Auction House in Manhattan. He questions the manager, and while he reads a phony provenance, the Pissarro is withdrawn from sale and mysteriously disappears. Jacob, head of an intelligence group, alerts Interpol and joins their ongoing… See more details below
Jacob Meyers is stunned to see his father's Pissarro-taken by the Nazis in 1945-among the paintings up for sale at The Old World Auction House in Manhattan. He questions the manager, and while he reads a phony provenance, the Pissarro is withdrawn from sale and mysteriously disappears. Jacob, head of an intelligence group, alerts Interpol and joins their ongoing investigation into the underground world of stolen art.
Two suspect paintings, a Manet and a Cezanne sold by an international cartel in Berlin as copies, are tracked to the Berghoff Gallery in Chicago where they are auctioned off as originals. An accidental shooting at the gallery exposes the cartel's con game and leads to the blackmail of a Las Vegas odds maker, the murder of a San Francisco politician, and the assassination of a former matinee idol in West Virginia.
With the help the Founders Group Intelligence (FGI), a group of patriotic activists whose primary objective is to preserve the Constitution, protect U.S. Sovereignty, and expose political corruption, Jacob doggedly pursues the trail of clues from an estate in Georgia to a castle in Denmark to recover the priceless pieces before the originals become lost among the forgeries.
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Imagine watching waiting for your parents to return from a trip and they never do. The year is 1941 and the place is Berlin Germany. Jacob Meyers and his sister Natalie stood on a platform at a station in Berlin. They waved goodbye to their parents never to see them again. Little did they know that they were never going to see them again. Only Fritz Heimann a close friend of his parents understood the gravity of the situation and on a train to Rostock explained that they would be joining his family risking his life to do so. Explaining to both young Jacob and his sister Natalie that they needed to call him Papa. Years later Jacob decided to become involved with the KGB and the Communist Party. Being assigned to a position in America he did not question where he was sent but was disappointed in not joining the Intelligence Service. Becoming assimilated in his work and joining the CIA and going to KGB lectures and other diplomatic functions Jacob developed a lifestyle that his sister Natalie did ot approve of or want him to pursue. Years later Jacob decided to pursue a different career and became part of an organization called the Founders Group which was comprised of patriotic activists and who were loyal to the United States and preserve the Constitution and U.S. Sovereignty. Part of his new career would be to expose politicians that are corrupt and uncover priceless works of art before the originals were intermingled with the fakes and lost forever. Living with another family as a child hanging in their home was a beautiful Pissarro Painting belonging to his father. When the Nazi's came and took the painting from his home little did he and his sister think that they would ever see it again. Here is where the action begins. Hermann Goring, the Nazi's second in command and an avid art collect turned up on the doorstep of the Goudstikker art gallery in Amsterdam two weeks after the 42 year old art dealer's death. Goring orchestrated a forced sold the Goudstikker's inventory in what is now, according to history one of the largest art thefts perpetrated by an individual by the Nazi's during WW II. Tom Barnes in this outstanding and mind provoking novel takes us on a journey with the members of his Founder's Group all over the world to track down not only the lost Pissarro painting belong to Jacob Meyers but a drug ring, international art thieves, members of a Cartel that will stop at nothing to thwart his efforts and those the members of his group and solving the murders of a gay political activist, art collector and the rape of one of Jacob's operatives. Sam Brannan. , Paul Murphy, Sue Grady, Don Bowman, Jacob and many others put their lives in jeopardy to find the killers, the missing Manet and Cezanne, and what happened to his father's painting. This well researched novel has the characters searching for the Manet and the Cezanne, which are sold as copies at the Berghoff Gallery in Chicago where an auction attendee was killed. What does a U.S. Senator have against odds maker Eddie Barr? Why does he want to see him jailed for crimes he never committed? Who will try to set things right for Eddie and protect him from what this Senator has planned for him? What does Eddie really have that he wants? What other U.S. Senator is just as corrupt and is dealing in the theft of million dollar paintings? How does Sam Brannon get the information from Senator Hudson that he needs in order to help Eddie and get to the bottom of the
The Goring Collection by Tom Barns is like a tour through Europ and USA. His research is extensive regarding art works and the story of the tireless pursuit of Jacob Meyers for one painting in particular, in his pursuit he becomes involved with the CIA,KGB,International Cartels and Interpol desperate and willing to do anything to protect their illegal activities. This book is a good read.
The Goring Collection by Tom Barnes Shell Originals as Copies Some readers may have forgotten or never knew that Hermann Goring, Hitler's ruthless second in command, was in charge of looting and hiding thousands of museum paintings created by some of Europe's most famous artists and some whose work would become more valuable during proceeding decades. They have become known as The Goring Collection. Hundreds of these paintings are still missing today. Tom Barnes has written a well researched, exciting story initiated by a stolen painting. Jacob Meyers saw his father's Pissarro among the paintings at The Old World Auction House in Manhattan. When he starts asking questions, the painting disappears. Since Meyers owns an intelligence agency, he immediately alerts Interpol . Two paintings, a Manet and a Cezanne sold as copies by an international cartel in Berlin show up at the Berghoff Gallery in Chicago. Meyers's agency investigates this con game of the cartel from a mansion in the state of Georgia across the country to a notorious odds maker in Las Vegas. The action and excitement of the story are propelled by the characters in the agency who are tracking the stolen paintings. Their intriguing personalities and working relationships make you hope the author writes a sequel to allow them to solve more international mysteries.
Very much enjoyed this book, with great characters that you can truly relate to, wonderful, plausible, thought-provoking story line and many twists and turns to keep interest peeking. Terrific read.