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The Hogarth Conspiracy based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GOOD BOOK, BUT ... I couldn’t help wondering, during my entire reading of this novel, why I didn’t really like it as much as I thought I should/would. Certainly, it comes with all the key ingredients for this type of genre story-line: the exotic world of high-priced art; royalty and prostitutes; the Russian, American, British, and Chinese governments in competition; mayhem, murder, vengeance, and scandal. Maybe, though, a reader has to be British to swallow …hook, line, and sinker … the key premise that a painting, from the 1700s, of the Prince of Wales and his prostitute lover, by William Hogarth, could, all of these years later, posses, quite aside from its intrinsic value, the potential power to topple the British monarchy. Granted, there’s an additional supplemental bit of corroborating evidence that makes it all a tad more believably realistic, but that remains an element virtually unknown to most of the players from book’s beginning to ending. Speaking of the ending, one subplot remains totally unsolved. As for tying up of all strings, as regards the major plot-line, the story drags on for so long that it seems obvious … as in some kind of Freddy Krueger horror film … that not all is really ended, potentially more to come. And, sure enough, the book has an open-ending that telegraphs the possibility of a sequel. THE HOGARTH CONSPIRACY is a book that’s okay but should have been better.
Loved this book, many twists, this was the second book from this author, will read more.