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By Alex Connor

History's greatest conspiracy is set to be printed during this gripping, addictive mystery … yet no longer if a ruthless killer can cease it.
Marshall Ziegler hasn't ever been drawn to his father Owen's London gallery--until Owen is brutally slain. Marshall then discovers that Owen knew a depressing mystery on the center of Rembrandt's life--a mystery that may topple one of many world's so much profitable industries. yet a sadistic assassin is doing no matter what he needs to to conceal the truth. Will Marshall remain alive lengthy sufficient to bare the best mystery by no means told?

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Along with his innate skill and his additional schooling, his growth used to be seamless. yet what humans didn’t comprehend used to be the opposite part to Owen Zeigler, the part inherited from his Jewish father, in addition to Neville’s smart, useful company acumen. inspired by way of the widowed Neville, who knew the fortunes to be made within the artwork international, Owen was once instructed to maintain quiet approximately his history and “get mountain climbing. ” “You’ve a foot in either camps,” Neville informed him. “You learn about tradition, and you’re street-savvy too. Use it. And remember—there’s lots of room on the best. ” in fact Mr. Lyton didn’t comprehend any of this, yet he was once inspired while Owen lower back an afternoon later having exposed the gallery’s erratic background— which he used as a bargaining software. briefly, by the point weeks have been up, Owen Zeigler had develop into the hot gallery proprietor. And by the point 3 weeks have been up, the internal were painted, the flat above was once offered, and there has been a brand new signal outdoor. After an easy supply, the Zeigler Gallery have been born. In that very same sour wintry weather, Owen held a gap to which his pals got here to gawp and to criticize, a couple of to foretell catastrophe. however the buyers from Dover road and Bond highway learned inside mins of jogging in the course of the door they'd a major new rival. The industry at the moment used to be swamped with French paintings, and the Impressionists, the gauzy kingdom scenes, have been changing into commonplace—almost boring—by their very repetition. So Owen had selected one other speciality—Dutch artwork. now not the thundering names of Rembrandt and Vermeer, during which he couldn't find the money for to alternate, however the smaller fans and the nonetheless lifestyles painters. There have been in simple terms twenty work exhibited on that chilly iciness day in 1963, yet via the top of the month eighteen were bought. Owen Zeigler’s occupation have been introduced. no longer possibly as a grand, ocean-gobbling liner, yet as a fast, smart little lighter that can trip the waves of the paintings marketplace and live to tell the tale . . . And all this, Owen Zeigler’s son, Marshall, remembered, taking a look at his father in disbelief. “Where did the entire funds move? ” Marshall requested. Owen positioned his head in his fingers. Now in his seventies, he seemed not more than sixty-five. Years of cautious grooming, and lengthy walks in London parks, had stored him lean, and his hair, even supposing grey, was once thick and good lower. In entrance of him used to be the table he had used because the first day he had started company on the gallery. A table on which many a fee have been written, and throughout which had handed many a handshake. Above it hung a Dutch portray by way of Jan Steen. invaluable, as have been all of the images within the gallery, the assurance emerging on a regular basis through the years to deal with and guard Owen’s luck. The burglar alarms, purple lighting fixtures flickering open air like out-of-season Christmas bunting, all hooked up to within sight police stations. nonetheless observing his father, Marshall notion again to his early life. His first ten years have been spent within the flat above the gallery, yet as his father had prospered the family members have been moved out of London to a rustic apartment, Thurstons.

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