The Forgery of Venus

The Forgery of Venus

Book - 2008
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An artist born outside his time, Chaz Wilmot can paint like Leonardo, Goya, Gainsborough--and he refuses to shape his talent to fit the fashion of the day. His unique abilities attract the attention of Werner Krebs, an art dealer with a dark past and shadier present, and soon Wilmot is working with a fervor he hasn't felt in years. But his creative burst is accompanied by strange interludes--memories that are not memories . . . and he begins to wonder if he is really the person he believes he is. When a previously unknown masterpiece by the Spanish painter Vel#65533;zquez is discovered, the artist suddenly finds himself lost in a mirrored house of illusions--and propelled into a secret world of greed, lies . . . and murder.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2008.
ISBN: 9780060874490
Characteristics: 318 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 08, 2012

Like his Book of Air & Shadows, this is a guilty pleasure for the thinking person. Finished this about 1 in the morning because after a point I couldn't put it down. Some of the plot points were a stretch, but Gruber writes well enough to pull it all off.

Jul 22, 2011

Really enjoyed this book and devoured it. Terrific story telling. I had not read this author before and immediately went to find out what else he had written that I might like to read. Very cleaver the way he slips around in time, often without us really knowing it for a bit. I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Well done.

Mar 21, 2011

This book was not what I expected. It is a contemporary story that slips into the time of the master artist. I was thinking it would be more about the historical time. Having said that, it however provides an interesting story, though I'm not sure that believable. It's a good read for anyone interested in masterpiece paintings but it's something a little different for those who like historical fiction.

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