In the dark underbelly of the international art scene there is a particularly sinister plot afoot. Greed, fraud and overblown egos are a usual part of the scene, but now upper class New York City denizens find themselves the victims of some unusually adept art thieves who are throwing murder into the mix.
Then, something truly astonishing occurs. A Van Gogh that, in 1944, was stolen from a Jewish family by a high ranking Nazi officer has been inexplicably shipped to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYPD Major Case Squad detective Clay Ryder is asked to locate any rightful heirs to the multi-million dollar painting. Doing so turns out to be remarkably easy, but is also only the beginning of a very ugly chapter in the life of the unsuspecting heir and the police officer who is falling in love with her. Enter a group of Mossad operatives who believe the Nazi officer, who stole the painting and killed its owner, is still alive and the plot thickens.
The Lost Van Gogh is the initial attempt at a work of fiction by the husband and wife team of Al and Jean Zerries. This was a great read! It’s a complicated tale and they managed to keep the plot from unraveling and the excitement going until the end.