TOP HISTORICAL MYSTERY OF THE YEAR: With action coursing through every page, this exhilarating novel of the drama and history of World War II features gripping characters whose triumphs and mistakes echo through the decades, spreading their tragic wake across three generations.
His long-ago lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant reluctantly into a vivid and gripping wartime web of love and death — but giving him one slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before. And to find a priceless treasure.
The letter sparks a dangerous quest across Paris, the Loire Valley, and the gleaming beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast for the most valuable Nazi loot that remains missing, a famous Raphael self-portrait from the early 16th century. The painting and the crates of bullion that accompanied it were intended to finance the Fourth Reich, or so the rumors said.
Jen Wetzmuller, daughter of his late father’s World War II colleague in American Army intelligence, found the letter after her father was run down by a car in the streets of Sarasota. For Eddie, it brings the long-cold case of his family’s murder back to life.
Its clues propel him from his Paris home to Florida, where he barely escapes with his life. Then it’s back home, to burrow into the darkest reaches of the German occupation.
Along the way, he and Jen restart the brief, fiercely passionate affair that he abandoned, to his regret, 20 years before.
Most of all, Treasure of Saint-Lazare is a novel of Paris.
The painting, Portrait of a Young Man, remains missing. The Polish government said at one time that it still exists and is in a safe place, but that is now in doubt.
“Bravo!” (Ronald Rosbottom, author of When Paris Went Dark)
“An exceptionally well written book with a fast-paced story line and many plot surprises.” (Connield, Amazon reviewer)
A “fast-paced thriller spanning the globe from Paris to the states.” (Carole P. Roman, Amazon reviewer)
“I read it once and then waited a week and read it again.” (Amazon reviewer)