Giovannie Fabrizzi finds one of the paintings he inherited from his father speaks to him. Literally. At first he fears he is going crazy when he hears the voice of a Renaissance-era nobleman, then he begins to listen. Soon he finds himself separated from his cheating wife, at odds with his busy, concerned son, and chasing down a mystery that may implicate his family in Nazi art looting operations in World War II Paris.
Smoothly written, the story revolves around art theft and art provenance. It is not a techno-thriller with detailed descriptions of how painting are restored or authenticated – a little more of that kind of detail might have been a bonus – but rather a story about relationships, friendship, and the ethical and emotional conflict between the lure of a huge and lucrative coup – the possible detection of an undiscovered Old Master – and doing the right thing.
The cover is attractive, and the book is very well-crafted. Recommended.