Book: Counterfeit by Lee Carvercategories: Book, Art Fraud, Fraudulent Art, Fine Art, Art Copyist, Interpol Experts Group, Contemporary Women's Fiction, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Hitler's Stolen Art, Self Concept, Salt Caves, Inspirational Fiction
Lee Carverabout this book: Kendra Cooper copied fine art, but she never sold the paintings as originals. As a librarian at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, she needed the extra income to pay her college and graduate school debts—tuition her father refused to pay because he considered the study of art to be useless. She'd scrimped for years to take a vacation in Europe and see the great masters. She never dreamed she'd be suspected of painting fraudulent fine art.
Richard Reed, art professor at Emory, agreed to a summer stint with the Experts Group of Interpol to identify frauds and assist in finding their source. With no detective training, no gun, this should be a fun summer in Europe. But he had nothing to show Interpol until observing Kendra at the Rijksmuseum intently studying and photographing 17th and 18th Century art, his specialty. Maybe she was the lead he needed. When the police raided her apartment and found her masterfully-painted copy of Vermeer's Milkmaid, he was convinced.
Accusation moves to a tentative working relationship as Kendra and Richard combat greed and deception to gain what cannot be bought.
The basic seed of this plot came from a fascinating exhibit concerning fraudulent fine art at an Oklahoma City art museum. After much study, and following a lifetime of amateur art appreciation, the story took hold. I've traveled all the European cities illustrated in this novel, and delight in writing novels with foreign settings.
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