The Collector

The Collector

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ISBN-13: 9781939474445
Publisher: Le French Book
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Pages: 211
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

An art reporter and trained gem specialists, Anne-Laure Thieblemont is known for her investigations into stolen art and gem trafficking. She currently works as a magazine editor, and splits her time between Paris and Marseille. Born in Algeria in 1963, she grew up in Madagascar, Lyon, Paris and Bogota. This childhood spent on the move left her with a taste for travel. That and her studies in art history were the two influences would shape her career. She worked for a long time as an independent reporter for major French daily newspapers and magazine. Afterwards, she spent thirteen years as a magazine editor-in-chief. Since 2014 has been working on her own design and applied arts magazine. Writing is her passion, her own secret garden. The Collector is her first mystery, and was inspired from her investigative reporting into art trafficking and meetings she had with famous art collectors. It’s a detective story in which the heroine’s personal story is woven into a hunt through the very secret world of Paris art galleries and auction houses. When Anne-Laure is not writing, she is out searching for gems and designing jewelry she has made in Istanbul.

Sophie Weiner is a freelance translator and book publishing assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. After earning degrees in French from Bucknell University and New York University, Sophie went on to complete a master’s in literary translation from the Sorbonne, where she focused her thesis on translating wordplay in works by Oulipo authors. She has translated and written for web-based companies dedicated to art, cinema, and fashion as well as for nonprofit organizations. Growing up with Babar, Madeline, and The Little Prince, Sophie was bitten by the Francophile bug at an early age, and is fortunate enough to have lived in Paris, Lille, and the Loire Valley.

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“The collection is this way.”

His tone was dry and not particularly welcoming.

Standing before her in the parlor, he gave her the chills. His gray reptilian eyes showed no emotion, and his long face seemed cut from ivory. His right hand was sunk deep in the pocket of his night-blue blazer and refused to budge—not even to greet her.

George Gaudin had been Edmond Magni’s personal assistant until a week ago, when, somewhere in Peru, Magni had mysteriously dropped dead—for the second time in Marion’s life.

The first time, her mother was the one to announce the news. “He died in a plane crash,” she had told Marion. It was a lie. In truth, her husband had abandoned his family and his given name, Jean Spicer, and had assumed a new identity.

From the age of three, Marion had gotten by with- out him, believing all those years that her father was dead, without so much as a photo to cling to. Not a single picture of him could be found in their home. And every time she asked her mother to share a story, an anecdote, a memory, the woman would retreat into a silence or fly into a fit that could only be remedied if she isolated herself in her bedroom and slept.

Marion stopped asking questions.

Now, thirty-three years later, out of the blue, an executor had informed her that her father hadn’t beendead all those years. He had just made a new life for himself, and she would be inheriting—among other things—one of the greatest collections of pre-Columbian art in the world, valued at over forty million euros. Of course, the inheritance had certain stipulations. Nothing came that easy for Marion.

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The Collector 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
The Collector by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont The dark and mysterious world of Art trade has not been more dangerous. Marion's estranged father Edmond Magni has left her a puzzle that she must solve before she can gain her inheritance. The process of finding three missing art pieces will have deadly consequence. The book is looking into the dark world of stolen art pieces, international art theft, and fraud. Marion's adventure will show her the depth of her fathers dark world, and why he had lost not only his life but potentially his reputation. She will compete with brutal forces who will attempt to destroy all those connected to the Magni. The book is a mystery to make the reader question their knowledge of the Art world.
Ricoh4 More than 1 year ago
This book passed my expectation by some way; the writing is crisp and the complicated area of art and the world of collecting and exhibiting masterpieces was presented for me to gain understanding and insight. It is a true thriller mystery as it is unclear how the novel will unfold or the basis of the challenge set to Marion Spicer in her Father's will. He dies in mysterious circumstances and she is poised to inherit his unique and priceless collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. However she must first find three statues; until she has these in her possession she cannot fulfil the conditions of her Father's legacy. I liked the brief glimpses of Paris. I liked the various characters and the sense of threat. I thought the Police knowledge was a little too ahead of the game but this didn't distract from the book.
BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Le French Book translations and all have been pretty good and this is no different, except for the ending which for me was disappointing. Marion Spicer is a private investigator within the arts and antiquities market in Paris. Inheriting a huge and prestigious collection from a father she never knew, Marion's life changes dramatically as she is plunged into murderous chaos, while she tries to find three priceless statues which are conditions of her fathers will. The writing style is easy reading and the translation excellent, as no attempt has been made to make it French by adding little words or phases to create the atmosphere, this done solely in English which I prefer. It might have been awarded four stars but the ending on its own prevented this.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
A short but exciting story made special by the fact it largely concerns a dead art collector and the machinations he set in motion. It is exciting, suspenseful and engaging. Little by little the clues assemble a picture of the man, and the strange things he did in furtherance of his weird desires. Once you start reading you can't stop as you seek more information and understanding. Sex and violence play a role as the story unfolds. Good guys and bad guys are difficult to discern as the nasty world of rich art collectors is laid bare. I loved the story, but didn't want to meet any of the people involved.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
It 's an interesting, compelling and realistic mystery set in the world of art. It's well written and the pages fly by effortlessly. I could only put it down with great difficulty, I wanted to see what happened next! Marion has always believed that her father had died when she was very small. Instead she discovers that he only assumed another identity and had lived many years away from his family. Now he has bequeathed to her his collection of pre-Columbian art, with really fabulous and valuable pieces. But she can only have under certain conditions. She must be able to find three pieces really special. With the help of some friends she will venture looking for these missing sculptures. An excellent start to a new mystery series, it's easy to read with a compelling mystery, with a lot of suspense and twists, a great plot and believable characters. This is my first time reading a book by this author, and I can say with complete certainty that it will not be my last! It is understandable from the first page that she is a real expert on the subject, her knowledge has made the story really believable. I recommend it to anyone who loves mystery, art and France I received an advance reader edition of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with this author's writing and this book. The author did a good job of working the art into the story line and I felt as if I learned a little by reading this book. You can tell she knows what she is talking about. She used her experience in this field to help the reader know more about this subject and to make her descriptions of things like the gems really stand out. One thing I liked about this book was the suspense, mystery, thrills, secrets and a little history all rolled into one story. Marion was a person who trouble definately does follow. I thought the story flowed and kept me wanting to find out what happens next. This is a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to the next book.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
As a reader of many of the Le French Books this was as good as the other of their translations This was a great written story line with perfect characters. I can't wait until the next one comes along. ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review***.
shreejanani More than 1 year ago
France for me has been typically associated with everything romantic. The prospect of reading an art based mystery sounded even ‘more’ romantic for me. I’m a mystery addict. Needless to say, the book totally captivated me. Marion, our protagonist works for a woman who runs a company that traces lost Art items. Her boss reminds me of Meryl Streep from The devil wears a Prada – Iron fisted lady. Marion’s life is wrecked when she served with the will of her father – Edmund Magni – the eccentric art collector who she presumed was dead long back but actually was alive until recently. To obtain the inheritance, she has to collect three rare pieces of work belonging to Pre-Columbian art. Marion embarks in a mad race that almost shakes up the entire art world and lands her in an emotional turmoil. The writer’s experience as a stolen art investigator is apparent from the in-depth analysis and reasoning about art forgery/theft narrated from Marion’s perspective as a part of the story. To an art novice like me, that part of the book was nothing short of being enchanting. The story line was backed by proper reasoning and was devoid of any logical loop holes. The story as such was paced like a sine wave – alternating between being extremely fast and slow paced. The perfect characterization aided very much in reasoning the plot. One school of thought that is worthy of mention is the part where the female protagonist sleeps with an attractive man but is thoroughly un-apologetic about it. Writers normally take that liberty only with men. It felt happy to read about a woman in such a predicament. Cheers to the writer – Anne for brining that about. I never felt that the book is work of translation. The translator – Sophie has obviously done a good job and has ensured that vital elements of the book (Emotions particularly) wasn’t lost in translation literally. MY SAY: Un-put-down-able and refreshingly dark mystery. RATING: PLOT : 9/10 NARRATION: 8/10 CHARACTERISATION: 8/10 BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (Lower the better) OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10
alyslinn More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this book was just what I was looking for. I love art, and I like thrillers, and to have both in one book is exactly what I needed. Marion Spicer seems bland at first, not really interested in her job, not very enthusiastic, but when her estranged father dies and leaves her his estate and collection, subject to certain difficult conditions, her life changes. She has a personal stake now, in this collection, and this mystery of missing sculptures, and there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars of her surprise inheritance at stake. The inheritance, and this mystery, becomes her obsession, to the point where she lies to friends and colleagues, sleeps with a sleazy art gallery owner, and bargains with thieves and murderers. Fortunately, this book didn't make it easy to pick out the perpetrators, which made it a much more enjoyable read. I only wish it had lasted longer, as the ending did seem somewhat abrupt. I felt like there could have been another chapter, maybe even two. And there's an epilogue that intrigues. I'm hoping this book is part of a series, not unlike the Nico Sirsky books by Frederique Molay.