Shadows of the Master

In January 1996, Eric Hargrave, a notorious forger who claims to have produced more than thousand Old Master drawings, is found lying unconscious in street Rome. When he dies hospital couple of days later, Alberto Conti, an inspector from the Commissariato Trastevere, put charge investigation. Conti begins understand that with nothing be taken at face value; neither forger’s nor his work. It comes light artist had been working on new book shortly before mysterious death – could expose many forged works hanging museums around world, and one now missing… Conti’s search going nowhere, even help Guilia Vasari, friend Hargrave’s keen find manuscript. eventually appears hands London art dealer, there are questions left for answer but political pressure soon forces him close As posthumous being readied publication, unexpected turn events sheds dealings possible cause death. But will it enough reopen case? Shadow thrilling read anyone interested complex sometimes murky behind glossy catalogues auction houses or museum exhibitions havoc forgeries can prominent auctions gallery sales. After all, hasn’t dreamt buying artwork few pounds, only out lost masterpiece worth fortune?

While such historic monuments as the pyramids at Giza, Karnak Temple, and Valley of Kings draw visitors to Egypt each year, country is today a large varied collection some 79 million people. An important political cultural force in Middle East home one Africa’s most advanced economies, rapidly becoming major player 21st-century world. This comprehensive text examines all facets life Egypt, including its land, history, politics, culture. It written manner that makes subject accessible engaging for readers with little prior knowledge about country, but also provides critical analysis latest research students scholars familiar Special attention given historical period following rise Islam enable greater understanding Egypt’s contemporary government, religious practices, popular culture, current events.

The city of Astreiant has gone crazy with enthusiasm for a new play, “The Drowned Island,” lurid farrago melodrama and innuendo. Pointsman Nicolas Rathe is not amused, however, at real dead body on stage must investigate. A string murders follow, perhaps related to the politically important masque that play same stage. once again recruit help his lover, former soldier Philip Eslingen, whose knowledge actors stage, depths human perversity violence, blends well Rathe’s own hard-won experience greed magical mayhem. Their task complicated by season, it time year when spirits haunt influence everyone, also change in their relationship loss Philip’s job forces him move Nicolas. Mystery, political intrigue, floral magic, astrology, romance–both theatrical personal–combine make this compelling read. winner Lambda Literary Award Best LGBT Speculative Fiction.