By Hailey Lind
Since she went instantly, Annie Kincaid’s been employing her genius for superb paintings forgery to her personal fake completing company in San Francisco. She hasn’t obvious the interior of a prison cellphone considering that she used to be seventeen, even supposing occasionally it takes all of her arts—fine or otherwise—to hold it that way…
Annie is familiar with that artwork protection might be insufficient, yet it’s loopy to imagine that an previous grasp portray can be striking unguarded within the neighborhood columbarium the place she’s doing recovery paintings. nonetheless, whilst she will get a tip that the chapel’s reproduction of Raphael’s exquisite l. a. Fornarina should be the true factor, Annie has to have a look. And whilst she runs right into a convinced attractive artwork thief at the premises, alarm bells burst off in her head in addition to her middle.
uninterested in being an artwork international pariah, Annie hopes that if she will support go back the masterpiece to Italy, she’ll ultimately be redeemed. but if homicide enters the image, Annie realizes that it won’t be really easy to place issues on the cemetery to rest…
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Ah, zees man. ” “Doughnut Somezing. ” “ ‘Doughnut Spumoni’? Are you sure that’s his name? ” “Bof! ’Ow should I know? ” B RUSH WITH D EATH 35 “Perhaps. Any other reason? ” A shiver ran down my spine. ” “La Fornarina was years ago. ” I bit back a rude retort. Georges had lied to me plenty, and had taught me to be an artful forger and an artful fibber as well. His modus operandi, though, was to bluster in French, change the subject, or pretend a solar flare had zapped his phone. I tried to take comfort from the fact that this time his denial was in English and he was still on the line.
A clean-cut man with a deep tan and squinty eyes explained, oh so sincerely, that big round balers and small round balers were necessary for the success of today’s modern rancher. I wondered if there were any ranches left in the crowded Bay Area. The last time I’d seen a round bale of hay was in the French countryside, when my grandfather took me on a tour of the magical Loire Valley. The telephone shrilled and I snatched up the receiver, my heart in my throat. ” “Chérie! ” I must have telepathic powers.
Annie,” Pete said, his booming voice drowning out the spitting of my cranky garage-sale espresso machine. ” “Sounds like some kind of toxic waste,” Mary mumbled. “Play nice, Mare,” I warned as I started sorting mail at my desk. “They are my family, the Ibrahimbegovics. Perhaps even Hadzipetrovics. ” “I didn’t know you had family buried around here, Pete,” I said. “Oh yes, the brothers Ibrahimbegovics left our town of Varcar Vakuf in 1862 and came to California in search of gold. Of course, in 1924 Varcar Vakuf was officially renamed Mrkonjic-Grad in honor of the ‘old king’ Petar Karadjordjevic and to venerate his Chetnik exploits under the hajduk name Petar Mrkonjic, during the 1875 uprising on the border between Bosnia and Lika, in Crni Potoci.