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A Dangerous Talent [Format Kindle]

Aaron Elkins , Charlotte Elkins
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Alix London has a promising career as an art consultant, a sumptuous condo in Seattle’s toniest neighborhood, a gorgeous figure, and a presence that exudes Ivy League breeding and old money. She has it all…or does she? Only Alix knows that the image she presents to the world is a carefully constructed mirage that veils an embarrassing truth. A brilliant, once-promising art student, the daughter of a prominent New York art conservator, her world was left in ruins when her father went to prison for art forgery. Now a Harvard dropout with an emptied bank account, she is languishing in a career that has produced little more than a lucky house-sitting gig. But all of that changes when Alix meets Christine Lemay, a novice art collector with money to burn and a hot tip on a recently discovered painting by American master Georgia O’Keeffe. Chris hires Alix to perform the authentication, an assignment that finally could launch Alix into the big leagues. But soon after her arrival in Santa Fe, she finds herself tangled up in a web of forgery, deceit—and murder. Anxious to avoid becoming the next victim, she teams up with FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth—and gets a little unlikely help from her roguish father—to uncover the truth behind the painting and those who would kill to have it. Sharp, witty, and devilishly fun, A Dangerous Talent offers an insider’s look into the surprisingly treacherous contemporary art world.

Biographie de l'auteur

Charlotte Elkins wrote her first novel while working at the MH de Young Museum in San Francisco. Published under the pseudonym Emily Spenser, it was the first of her five romance novels that have sold in twenty countries. She switched to writing mysteries when she realized how much fun it was to collaborate with her husband, Aaron. Their first novel, A Wicked Slice, was published in 1989; since then, they have co-written four more novels starring a golf-pro-turned-sleuth and several short stories, one of which, "Nice Gorilla," won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story of the year.

Aaron Elkins’s novels have been published in thirteen languages and made into a major television series. He is the author of sixteen novels featuring forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver and of three mysteries featuring art museum curator Chris Norgren. He has won an Edgar Award and a Nero Wolfe Award, and he shares an Agatha Award with his wife, Charlotte. Aaron's nonfiction articles have appeared in the New York Time's travel magazine, Smithsonian magazine, and Writer's Digest.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 565 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 271 pages
  • Editeur : Thomas & Mercer (6 mars 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005Y0BYE2
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great talent 23 janvier 2014
Par Tolya
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Very enjoyable read taking place in the art world. Very well documented on painting and painting forgery. Quite a fun art mystery with a charming heroin.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining Mystery Set in the World of Art 24 février 2012
Par Ms Winston - Publié sur
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This is the first book by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins that I have read, so I have nothing from their past works to use as a yardstick. At first I was a little confused as into which category of mystery to place "A Dangerous Talent": is it a traditional mystery, romantic suspense, or a cozy? Finally I settled on plain old garden variety "mystery," as I feel the book is a combination of all three, and just couldn't make up my mind!

The book is the first of a projected series featuring art consultant Alix London, estranged daughter of a convicted art forger. Alix is almost 30 years old, divorced for 9 years, a loner mostly by choice. Although her unresolved anger about her father sometimes becomes too much, she is pretty much a sympathic heroine. She is a well-educated young woman who likes a hearty meal and is an expert at making ends meet. She has an instinct about art that cannot be taught, although she has studied with the best in the business. When she is contacted by a novice art collector (Christine Lemay) to verify that a newly-discovered painting by Georgia O'Keefe is the real thing, she is off to New Mexico with Chris. There she is almost killed when a propane heater explodes in her room. Alex is then introduced to a cast of characters who include a man who is almost immediately shown to the reader, but not to Alix, to be an undercover F.B.I. agent on the art forgery squad. They "meet cute," and take an instant dislike to each other -- which is one of the tropes of a romantic suspense novel. There is also an old failed romance, which may or may not be rekindled, between Chris and the pilot of the airplane that took them from Seattle to New Mexico.

For me, the best parts of the book had to do with the art world of Santa Fe -- the dealers, the collectors, the artists. The authors have done their homework on the art scene -- how forgers and con-artists can prey upon the unwary, and how some collectors are easily distracted by the latest New Thing, no matter how silly (string and M&M's on canvas, anyone?). An exciting car chase on twisting mountain roads is also handled in an excellent manner by the authors -- I found that I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat while readng it. I found, however, that I became annoyed by Alix's constant anger about her father (no matter how justified she may have felt about ignoring him due to his criminal career, it is clear that he adores her). I also found myself becoming weary of the F.B.I. agent insisting, against all evidence, that Alix is a prime suspect in the murder of an art gallery owner and is probably a forger herself. Ofcourse they dislike and distrust each other because they are actually attracted to each other: too "romance novelish" for me, but others may disagree. The identity of the murderer becomes rather too obvious too early in the book, but Alix doesn't have a clue, thereby putting herself in danger at the end of the book.

"A Dangerous Talent" is entertaining, especially for those who are interested in the world of art. I will be interested to see how the character of Alix grows in future episodes in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Dangerous Talent 26 février 2012
Par Lynellen Perry - Publié sur
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This book introduces you to Alix London, art restorer, consultant, and daughter of convicted forger. The third making the first two a more challenging career choice than they might otherwise have been. When Christine LeMay hires her to authenticate a Georgia O'Keefe painting she's already promised to purchase for 3MM, Alix thinks this might just be the start of the art advising career she'd hoped for before her dad's imprisonment left that dream in tatters. The two women forge a fast friendship as they travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico to view the painting at the gallery of one of Chris' long-time friends. Trouble quickly finds them, and Alix begins to suspect that the painting might not be what it's cracked up to be. What follows is a fun, fast-paced romp through a well-described northern New Mexico as Alix and Chris try to unravel the provenance of the O'Keefe. A Dangerous Talent is an absorbing and entertaining mystery with just the right combination of intrigue, romance, and humor. The pages fly by and leave you wanting more.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Murder in the art world 28 février 2012
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A talented painter can re-create a work by a famous artist and make it look so real that only an expert can tell the difference -- and even the experts get fooled from time to time. Alix London is one of those experts, and when she's hired by a wealthy art collector to authenticate an obscure Georgia O'Keeffe painting, her challenge is to determine whether the painting is worth its $3 million price tag.

Alix is living in Seattle and struggling financially when she's approached by Christine LeMay, a dotcom millionaire with a taste for art. Alix's father, Geoff London, spent years in prison for forging artworks, so Alix is understandably concerned about being seen as a legitimate art appraiser. She sees the O'Keeffe project as a way to cement her reputation and earn some much-needed cash.

Alix and Chris fly to Santa Fe and enter the heady art world of the Southwest. Alix quickly finds that not all is as it seems there, with a host of shady characters including the owner of the gallery that plans to sell Chris the O'Keeffe painting. When attempted murder and then actual murder take place, Alix is drawn into solving the mystery, despite the very real danger to herself and her client.

A Dangerous Talent gives an interesting glimpse into the world of art collecting and provides an accurate picture of the arts scene in Santa Fe. I found this book a quick, enjoyable read with likeable characters. The way the book ends suggests that it's just the first in a series. I look forward to more installments.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Charming on many levels! 6 mars 2012
Par SAlaska - Publié sur
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A Dangerous Talent is my first book by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins, but definitely not my last. The story of intrepid art consultant, Alix London has humor, class, suspense, and some non-gooshy romance. The two Elkins create colorful characters including the Italian-word-dropping Tiny, the colorfully dressed and continually foot-in-mouthed Chris, and the cheerio-spouting British father, Geoff. This interesting lot populating the novel keep their activities largely clean and out of the bedroom which is refreshing in books written for adults and adds a level of good taste to this mystery.

I also liked the story's respectful treatment of art and artists. Let's just say that I think the Elkins and I could go on a gallery walk together and find a lot in common. Georgia O'Keefe, Maurice Utrillo, Stanley Royle, Pierre Bonnard all get name drops and admiring ones at that. And I thank this novel for mentioning John Constable, an artist I hadn't been familiar with but one that I'm enjoying getting to know.

Overall, for the art fan, the mystery fan, the strong female protagonist fan, and the feel-good fan, this book will make a nice treat. I'll be watching for more from Alix London and the Elkins!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining but not challenging mystery 2 juin 2012
Par Suncoast - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The art world is a mystery to me so this mystery about the art world was a good but not a challenging read for me. It features Alix London, an up and coming art consultant, whose a father who served time for art forgery and fraud.

While Alix is still hurting from what happened to her father, she is still working in the field he helped her to know and love - art appreciation and restoration. Out of the blue she is asked by Chris, a dotcom millionaire, to assess the authenticity of a a very expensive painting she is planning to buy. They travel to Santa Fe to check out the painting at a gallery owned by a long-time friend of Chris. Within a few hours of their arrival an attempt is made on Alix's life and Chris's gallery-owning friend is murdered.

They are immediately suspicious of an apparently wealthy art investor who had been seen with the gallery owner that afternoon. They do not know that he is an undercover agent from the FBI Art Fraud Squad following up several sales of forged paintings from that gallery.

Alix is convinced that the painting is forged but cannot substantiate her feelings. I trying to find out more, Alix and Chris they are nearly killed in a major auto accident.

I found the book to generally be an easy reading mystery but was not as challenging or tightly written as the mysteries I normally read. From the ending it is clear that we will see more adventures of Alix London as an art consultant.
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