Fabulous review from BEST SELLING CRIME THRILLERS. 5 * REVIEW – MAY 2014
Jacob Levens, an art dealer in London, calls his old friend Gil Eckhart after discovering the naked, mutilated bodies of the Weir twins at their art gallery. Jacob asks Gil to investigate the murders alongside the police, but he is reluctant to get involved. Seven years earlier two art dealers, the Hubers a husband and wife team were killed in the identical manner at their art gallery in Berlin. Just weeks later, Gil’s wife Holly, had been run over and killed – Gil always suspecting that it had been deliberate and not a freak accident.
Gil finds that all the same people who were suspects seven years previously for the murders of the Hubers, are once again involved one way or another. Seven years ago he couldn’t prove who the murderer was, but he knows that this time, he has to complete the investigation
Adding to his problems, Luca Meriss announces over the internet that he is the direct descendent of Caravaggio and the notorious Roman prostitute Fillide Melandroni and he’s claims to know where two missing Caravaggio paintings are hidden.
When I read a book, I normally “see” the characters and “live” their story. I didn’t do that with this book. However, the story flowed and held my interest and I found myself thinking after I’d finished it – that here was an example where the characters are well described, rounded, not all that likable, and yet Alex Connor had made sure that my interest was held throughout. That’s the sign of a good author. Add to this that I’ve always been fascinated by Caravaggio’s art and now thanks to this book I’ve learnt about the man, his violent behaviour, his extraordinary talent and of course about one of his most prized paintings which was stolen in Palermo in 1969. Oh yes! I think I’ll definitely be finding another Alex Connor book in the not too distant future!
5 Stars – Treebeard.