BEST HISTORICAL MYSTERY OF THE YEAR (Readers Favorite)
A hidden treasure. A murderous plot. A love that won’t let go.
His long-ago lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant into a gripping wartime web of love and death. The letter provides one slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before. And to find a priceless treasure.
The letter sparks a danger-filled quest across Paris, the Loire Valley, and the gleaming beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast for the most valuable Nazi loot still 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 mentioned, Portrait of a Young Man, remains missing, although the Polish government said recently that it still exists and is in a safe place.
“Bravo!” (Ronald Rosbottom, author of When Paris Went Dark) “An exceptionally well written book with a fast-paced story line and many plot surprises.”