When an American Army unit arrived at the end of the war, some soldiers appropriated items in what appeared to be abandoned circumstances. A small painting by a mid-level Polish painter is used by an ex-GI to float a bank loan which results in the founding of a manufacturing firm in Minneapolis. Now the painting and the ledger become the center of murderous attempts by the descendants of the veteran to conceal the painting’s journey. World-wide efforts at repatriation of stolen art from WWII is a major ongoing effort and the story links to that effort as international operatives descend on the Twin Cities. Enter private detective Sean Sean. He is a short but effective operative who, unlike many PIs of the modern era, doesn’t sleep around, doesn’t shoot people unnecessarily, and has many friends among various local law enforcement agencies
About the Author
Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a freelance photographer, a Public Television program director, a Cable TV administrator, and a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave. He is married with two grown daughters and lives with his wife, Jean, a retired publisher and editor in Roseville, Minnesota.
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The Case of the Purloined Painting based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a Sean Sean Mystery and the first one that I have read. Sean Sean-yes, that is his first and last name is a laid back private investigator who kind of reminds me of Columbo (played by Peter Falk-oh I loved that TV show). A very short guy, who has a very tall girlfriend, who doggedly and relentlessly looks for clues and although he does not figure it all out right away never gives up! Well, he does kind of let some things slide! This book actually grabbed my attention from the very first page and held it until the very end. There is lots going on and multiple clients that well---can't give that away can I. A Definite 5 and a fast read!!
From Radine Trees Nehring. If I ever need a detective I hope one like Sean Sean is available! Most fiction detectives are tough acting, tough talking, and tend to be violent--scary people, in other words--no matter how effective they may be. As for the Sherlock Holmes types, well, they're so darn smart and intellectual they seem like the fiction they are. But not Sean. I moved easily into this case and Sean's world, liked him as a person, and, since the book is written in first person, enjoyed following through on the research, pondering, and action with Sean. It isn't that he can't defend himself, sometimes killing the bad guys. It isn't that there is never violence, but it is not out of whack with the real world, and Sean accomplishes all with such humanity that you can't help but like him as a person. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and sure admire Carl Brookins ability to work through a difficult crime with international implications and take me along with Sean Sean. I also enjoyed learning more about his relationship to his long-time girlfriend-companion, who happens to be a foot taller than his 5'2." As a mystery author myself, I admire Carl Brookins' obvious skill at story construction.