Andrey waited for what he knew was coming, barely aware of the music still pouring from his cassette deck. As he watched, the door of one car opened, disclosing a figure in a fur cap and greatcoat. It was a boy of twelve or so. His rifle, with its wooden buttstock, seemed at least twice as old as he was. (p. 2)—The Icon Thief, by Alec Nevala-Lee (Penguin USA / Signet, 2012)
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Maddy Blume, an ambitious young art buyer for a Manhattan hedge fund, is desperate to track down a priceless painting by Marcel Duchamp, the most influential artist of the twentieth century. The discovery of a woman’s decapitated body thrusts criminal investigator Alan Powell into a search for the same painting, with its enigmatic image of a headless nude. And a Russian thief and assassin known as the Scythian must steal the painting first to save his reputation—and his life.The Giveaway: Thanks to the kind folks at PenguinUSA, I have two copies of The Icon Thief to give away. Because the publishing company will be mailing out the books, this giveaway is open only to those of you with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. To enter, simply fill out the form. I'll pick two winners on May 21 via a random number generator.
The murderous race is on. And in the lead is an insidious secret society intent on reclaiming the painting for reasons of its own—and by any means necessary.