In New York Times bestselling author Barbara Parker's brilliant new stand-alone novel, the forgery of a rare five-hundred-year-old map sparks a thrilling chase from Miami to London and the Italian Alps in a remarkable tale of international intrigue.
Tom Fairchild is a man with a past he can't shake. He's struggling to make it as a graphic artist, but his probation officer thinks he belongs in jail. When millionaire Miami real estate developer Stuart Barlowe offers him $50,000 to travel to Italy to duplicate a rare Renaissance map, Tom sees a way to solve his problems. The only catch is that Barlowe's daughter, Allison, a map expert herself, has to supervise the project. Allison and Tom fell in love as teenagers, but that was twelve years ago, and now Allison thinks Tom is lying. There's no way he can make a perfect copy.
Tom soon suspects that Barlowe wants a forgery, not a duplicate. He just doesn't know why, and Allison isn't talking. When people start turning up dead, and Tom and Allison realize they are being tailed by two menone a ruthless hit man and the other a rogue government agentit quickly becomes clear that they have no one to trust but each other.
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||4.32(w) x 7.04(h) x 1.12(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Barbara Parker is a former prosecutor with the state attorney's office in Dade County, Florida. She is the author of eleven mysteries, including Suspicion of Innocence, which was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American author.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With new and exciting turns on every page you¿re unable to stop reading until the last word of the last page! This book has the correct mix of mystery and suspense adding a touch of criminal behavior to a plot that never stops. Tom Fairchild is a struggling ex-con working as a graphic artist in his sister's map shop while repairing his life and finances. He has a unique eye for maps and the intricacies involved in recreating historical masterpieces. Stuart Barlowe has a problem he knows Tom can solve so he hires him to reproduce a priceless map destroyed by a series of unfortunate and mysterious events that led to a man's death and a woman¿ disappearance. Barlowe has already sold this irreplaceable map to an unsavory Russian with a penchant for revenge. He entices Tom with enough money to buy freedom and sends his daughter along to protect his interests with no regard for her safety or well being. For Tom to accomplish this task he must violate his parole, travel out of the country and draw an old friend into the dangerous world of international map collecting. Ms. Parker is an amazing and diversified mystery writer. While you may miss the drama of the Gail Conner/Anthony Quintana series, she draws you into the interesting world of maps with an emphasis on their history as well as the politics and competitiveness involved in purchasing and ownership of the historical maps of the world.
Former college sweethearts team up to create a fake one of a kind historical map in a cat & mouse game taking place in Miami, London and Italy. Murders, coverups, lies and secrets -- very entertaining.
This book wasn't 'jump-up-and-down fantastic' but it was OK. I kept waiting for something to happen then finally at the end a really good twist. A good one time read. --K--
In Miami, realtor developer Stuart Barlowe lends a valuable five centuries old map to retired Judge Royce Herron before it was to be part of an exhibition and subsequently after that to be given as a present to a Russian mobster. However, someone assassinates the former judge whose blood seeps onto the rare map while the bullets also damage it. --- Barlowe is upset as he needs the Russian money to finance his latest deal but also fears how the mobster will react if told the truth. He offers a lot of money to graphic artist Tom Fairchild, who used to date his daughter Allison the lawyer, to develop a fake map. Though Tom¿s sister Rose begs him not to take the job, he takes the position and obtains advice from a professional forger who skipped the country and Rose to avoid jail. None of the Barlowe family trusts Tom. Stuart, his wife, his daughter and his stepson watches his every move while behind them the nasty Russian observes all of these throwaway pawns scurrying for safety. --- Except Rose, everyone else in this exciting thriller is at least bit amoral though the degrees vary amongst the players as Allison is much more ethical than her father or her former lover. The interplay between the members of the two families is fun as the audience wonders who will out-con who as trust is a dysfunctional verb. Fans of Barbara Parker will read THE PERFECT FAKE in one sitting to learn who is left standing. --- Harriet Klausner