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The Collector's Apprentice : A Novel [electronic resource] / B.A. Shapiro.

Shapiro, Barbara A. 1951- (author.). hoopla digital. (Added Author).

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Summary, etc.: FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ART FORGER AND THE MURALIST. It's the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris-broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fianc,̌ George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence-and exact revenge on George. When the eccentric and wealthy American art collector Edwin Bradley offers Vivienne the perfect job, she is soon caught up in the Parisian world of post-Impressionists and expatriates-including Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse, with whom Vivienne becomes romantically entwined. As she travels between Paris and Philadelphia, where Bradley is building an art museum, her life becomes even more complicated: George returns with unclear motives . . . and then Vivienne is arrested for Bradley's murder. B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own. In The Collector's Apprentice, she gives us an unforgettable tale about the lengths to which people will go for their obsession, whether it be art, money, love, or vengeance.
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Subject: Art Collectors and collecting Fiction
Art thefts Investigation Fiction
Murder Investigation Fiction
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Paris (France) History 20th century Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.

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The Collector's Apprentice : A Novel
The Collector's Apprentice : A Novel
by Shapiro, B. A.
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The Collector's Apprentice : A Novel


"A clever and complex tale of art fraud, theft, scandal, murder, and revenge." -- Publishers Weekly In this surprising, noirish page-turner, B. A. Shapiro once again takes readers into the world of art, glamour, and mystery. Accused of helping her fiancé steal her family's fortune and her father's art collection, Paulien Mertens has fled to France. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she has created a new identity. Paulien, aka Vivienne, takes a position working for an American art collector modeled after real-life eccentric museum founder Albert Barnes and quickly becomes caught up in the 1920s Paris of artists and expats, including post-Impressionist painter Henri Matisse and writer Gertrude Stein. From there, she sets out to recover her father's art collection, prove her innocence, and exact revenge on her ex-fiancé. B. A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own, and once again she gives us an unforgettable tale about what we see--and what we refuse to see.
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