By Thomas Swan
Scotland Yard's artwork crime detective Jack Oxby tackles the secret in the back of the destruction of worthwhile Cézanne work, criss-crossing St. Petersburg, long island urban, London, Provence, Boston, and Paris.
When Inspector Jack Oxby hyperlinks the stunning defacing of 2 of the 26 extant Cézanne self-portraits in London's nationwide Gallery to a mysterious demise outdoor London, the chase is on. The high-risk global of foreign paintings is uncovered, as is the ruthless adversary in the back of the tricky and lethal crime.
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