Chasing Mona Lisa
Set in France in the summer of 1944, Chasing Mona Lisa follows Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler in their mission to save the Mona Lisa from the clutches of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, who will stop at nothing to steal Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century masterpiece and use it as a bargaining chip to assure his freedom at war’s end. This engaging historical thriller offers multiple viewpoints in an illuminating look at the city of Paris during these difficult wartime years, the strife within the resistance, and the inner workings of the Louvre as museum employees struggle to evacuate and hide the museum’s precious treasures.
I very much enjoyed this well-written and fast-paced novel, having just read Carson Morton’s Saving Mona Lisa, set in Paris in 191l, with the notorious theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre at its heart (HNR, Aug. 2011). Taken together, these two titles offer readers an intriguing overview of the bumpy and colorful road the world’s most famous painting traveled during the first half of the 20th century.