Synopses & Reviews
Scotland Yard's art crime detective Jack Oxby is back in The Cezanne Chase, the second book of Thomas Swan's critically acclaimed suspense series. This time, Inspector Oxby is pitted against a ruthless killer determined to destroy some of the world's most valuable art—and anyone who gets in his way. Readers of Swan's first Oxby novel, The Da Vinci Deception, as well as fans of the British television series Lovejoy, the art history mysteries of Iain Pears, and the classic film The Thomas Crowne Affair will thoroughly enjoy this fast-paced, exciting thriller.
"The Cézanne Chase
is a virtual primer of the art world…It is also a marvelous travelogue that transports readers to dazzling museums and art capitals of the world. The dialogue and descriptive portraits of cities are first-rate…plenty of action and a plot that is terrifyingly plausible." —The Bergen Record
"Swan has created a page-turner…The stakes are high and so is the suspense…With quick, sure strokes our author leads us to a violent climax, [keeping] the action moving like the bursts from an AK-47." —Bill Sweeney, KSRO Radio (CA)
"Readers will be drawn to the intrigue…steady action, looming suspense, and an appealing subject." —Library Journal
"An action-packed globe-trotting thriller that will keep readers enthralled from start to finish. Thomas Swan paints an intriguing who-done-it…intriguing." —Harriet Klausner
"A surprisingly sexy and dirty world where nothing is sacred—least of all, art…The beauty of The Cézanne Chase is in the technical details about fine art—great tips on conserving it, packing and shipping it, buying and selling it, and destroying it forever." —The New York Times Book Review
"A fascinating look behind the scenes at those who deal, both licitly and illicitly, in the high-stakes art world. Intelligent and suspenseful, this engrossing tale of international intrigue will keep art lovers and non-art lovers alike pinned to their chairs." —Stefanie Matteson, author of Murder Under the Palms
“Readers will be drawn to the intrigue....Steady action, looming suspense, and an appealing subject.” Library Journal
“A surprisingly and sexy and dirty world where nothing is sacredleast of all art.” New York Times
“The beauty of The Cezanne Chase is in the technical details about fine artgreat tips on conserving it, packing and shipping it, buying and selling it, and destroying it forever.” New York Times Book Review
New Scotland Yard's art crime detective tackles the mystery behind thedestruction of valuable Cézanne paintings, crisscrossing from St. Petersburg,New York City, London, Provence, Boston, and Paris.
When Inspector Jack Oxby links the shocking defacing of two of the26 extant Cézanne self-portraits in London's National Gallery to a mysteriousdeath outside London, the chase is on. The high-risk world of internationalart is exposed, as is the ruthless adversary behind the intricateand deadly crime.
About the Author
Thomas Swan has chosen the sometimes bizarre and frequently surprising world of art as the backdrop for his thrillers, and is the author of The Da Vinci Deception and The CÉzanne Chase. He has served as secretary and member of the board of the Mystery Writers of America, and is a past president of the New York chapter of MWA. Having retired from a thirty-plus-year career in the field of advertising and marketing, Swan now writes full time, and lives with his wife, Barbara, in Short Hills, New Jersey.