15 May 2012

Today's Read & Giveaway: The Icon Thief by Alac Nevala-Lee

Enter the world of cutthroat art collecting, dance, and the Russia Mafia in The Icon Thief, a mystery/thriller by debut author Alec Nevala-Lee.

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)

For more information about the book, take a look at the summary from GoodReads:
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 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.
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.


Unknown 5/15/12, 6:14 AM  

Sounds like dangerous mix of awesomeness.. I think it was the Russia Mafia that snagged me.. Great teaser :)

Here's mine: Realms of an Open Mind

Happy Reading :)

bermudaonion 5/15/12, 6:59 AM  

That teaser gives me an idea of when the book is set since it features a cassette tape. The book sounds good!

Laurel-Rain Snow 5/15/12, 7:47 AM  

Sounds like a book you can't put down....thanks for sharing.


Jenny Q 5/15/12, 7:55 AM  

Great teaser! Love the title and the cover, too. I've got another vintage teaser today from Kilmeny of the Orchard, if you'd like to stop by!

Beth Hoffman 5/15/12, 8:04 AM  

Great teaser. I have the feeling I should add this one to my list!

Zibilee 5/15/12, 10:37 AM  

I think this book sounds like just the mix of action and intrigue that I need right now, so thanks for the very awesome teaser and giveaway. I loved Kathy's comment as well, and just had to laugh!

Heather 5/15/12, 10:58 AM  

Sounds like this could be an exciting action thriller. May have to add it to my evergrowing book list! Thanks for visiting. ;)

Anonymous,  5/15/12, 12:05 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway. a member of my book club lOVES mysteries, so I would love to win this for her

Anonymous,  5/15/12, 12:05 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway. a member of my book club lOVES mysteries, so I would love to win this for her

Nise' 5/15/12, 12:33 PM  

Sounds like my kind of book.

Alice Audrey 5/15/12, 1:07 PM  

If it's well enough built, a rifle can be much older than it's owner. Gotta wonder what a teenage boy is doing with it in a car, though.

Daryl 5/15/12, 1:44 PM  

sounds good .. adding it to the never ending list

Natalie 5/15/12, 3:24 PM  

Oh, this looks interesting! I don't know a ton about professional art, but I've always liked to go to art museums!

Kaye 5/17/12, 5:16 PM  

This was an intriguing read. I too held a contest months ago. One of my winners is still waiting for the book! Even after numerous e mails to the rep. Stay on top of this one and make sure your winners get the books.

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