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By Ken Follett

A fabulous "lost masterpiece" turns into the final word prize for an paintings historian whose ambition consumes every person round her, an offended younger painter with a plan for revenge at the paintings institution, and a determined gallery owner who could have double-crossed his personal lifestyles away...

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It’s my profession,” Dee defined. “I’m an artwork historian. ” She attempted a grin, however it appeared to make the guy extra envious. “A church is for worshippers, no longer travelers, you see,” he stated. His courtesy used to be a skinny veil. “I’ll be very quiet. ” “Anyway, we now have little or no paintings the following. merely what you spot as you stroll round. ” “Then I’ll stroll round, if i could. ” The priest nodded. “Very good. ” He stood within the nave observing as Dee walked fast round. there has been little or no to work out: one or images within the small chapels. She got here again to the west finish of the church, nodded to the priest, and left. might be he suspected her of desirous to scouse borrow. She walked again to her resort, feeling depressed. The solar was once excessive and scorching now, and the baking streets have been nearly abandoned. Mad canine and paintings historians, Dee proposal. the non-public funny story did not cheer her up. She had performed her final card. the single real way to hold on now was once to region town and check out each church. She went as much as her room and washed her palms and face to eliminate the dirt of the crypt. A siesta was once the single good option to spend this a part of the day. She took off her outfits and lay at the slender unmarried mattress. while she closed her eyes the nagging feeling of getting forgotten anything got here again. She attempted to recollect every little thing she had discovered approximately Modigliani; however it used to be no longer much. She drifted right into a doze. As she slept the sunlight moved prior the zenith and shone powerfully in during the open window, making the bare physique perspire. She moved restlessly, her lengthy face frowning a bit at times. The blonde hair grew to become disarrayed and fixed to her cheeks. She woke with a commence and sat up instantly. Her head throbbed from the warmth of the sunlight, yet she neglected it. She stared directly sooner than her like anyone who has simply had a revelation. “I’m an fool! ” she exclaimed. “He used to be a Jew! ” Dee loved the rabbi. He was once a fresh swap from the holy males who had in basic terms been capable of react to her as forbidden fruit. He had pleasant brown eyes and grey streaks in his black beard. He was once drawn to her seek, and she or he came across herself telling him the entire tale. “The previous guy in Paris acknowledged a clergyman, and so i presumed it used to be a Catholic priest,” she was once explaining. “I had forgotten that the Modigliani relations have been Sephardic Jews, and fairly orthodox. ” The rabbi smiled. “Well, i do know who the portray used to be given to! My predecessor the following used to be very eccentric, as rabbis cross. He used to be drawn to every type of things—scientific experiments, psychoanalysis, Communism. He’s lifeless now, after all. ” “I don’t believe there have been any work between his results? ” “I don’t comprehend. He grew to become in poor health towards the tip, and left the city. He went to reside in a village known as Poglio, that's at the Adriatic coast. in fact, i used to be very younger then—I don’t bear in mind him in any respect basically. yet i think he lived with a sister in Poglio for a number of years earlier than he died. If the portray nonetheless exists, she could have it. ” “She’ll be useless. ” He laughed. “Of direction. Oh dear—you’ve set your self particularly a job, younger girl.

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