A Discerning Eye might not be out until October 13th of this year, you will want to keep your eyes peeled. This book is the debut novel of Carol Orange and uses her tremendous knowledge of art and her experience in Latin America to create a mystery that examines the fate of many of the world’s most prized masterpieces. This is the sort of read that is well plotted and will keep readers engaged until the very end.
In 1990 thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem and stole 13 pieces, including works of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Degas. This would become the world’s largest art theft and thirty years later with the crime unsolved and the pieces still never found Orange found herself with inspiration. A Discerning Eye takes these real life events and crafts a story that involves so many different investigative agencies and underworld elements that readers will be constantly surprised. Her knowledge lends such a powerful edge to this story that it will feel so very real that you will think this is a story that has been kept out of the headlines.
Portia Malatesta is a daring art dealer who wants to help determine the whereabouts of the stolen Gardner pieces. She manages to create a profile of the thief by examining commonalities between stolen art. Portia is sure that there is a mastermind involved who is obsessed with the duality of light and dark. The FBI brings her in on a sting operation and she finds herself on a dangerous trip to Colombia where she will have to trust the daughter of a drug lord in order to uncover the threads that make up the full story of these art thefts. You can pre-order your copy of A Discerning Eye today.