Not especially adept at his job, DS Stephen Connor dreads the meeting with his boss. He fears he’s about to be made redundant, but at least hopes he gets a good deal out it.
After he learns he’s being sent to Rome to assist with a case involving stolen art and antiquities, he’s sorry he didn’t get the redundancy deal.
While a slow starter for me, the story soon picks as Stephen and his Rome partner, Elisabetta di Mascio have more clues than time.
Though most of the setting is in Italy, this is an international story of suspense with players from all over the world.
I didn’t read book one and am not familiar with Stephen Connor’s backstory, but here, he began as the weakest link for me, afraid to speak up or assert himself. His latest assignment in Rome will mean his upcoming, mostly paid for wedding will have to be canceled. Ginny, his fiancée will be boiling mad, and her father will hate him more than he already does. If that’s possible.
But going to Rome is the best thing to happen to Stephen. As he pieces together clues to find stolen art, he transforms from a bumbling Clouseau to one of Scotland Yard’s shining stars and becomes my favorite character! It’s not nearly as easy as it sounds, however, as he and di Mascio have to contend with her budget-conscious boss, the rich and arrogant, the mob, and a mole in their investigation.
Oh, and they’re trying to stay alive.
A good read that entertains and educates, and for me proves you never know what you’re capable of until you’re thrown from the frying pan into the fire.
When art, money and power collide…
A Mafia boss addicted to beautiful art. A Catholic priest who knows too much. A modern-day Jay Gatsby.
And a woman on the run.
Disgraced London detective Stephen Connor is given an ultimatum: take a transfer to Rome or kiss his career goodbye.
With his love life in tatters and his confidence at an all-time low, can Stephen find the world’s most valuable painting before it disappears forever?