The Lost Van Gogh
by Jonathan Santlofer
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Pub Date 02 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 13 Jan 2024
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From the author of the much-praised The Last Mona Lisa comes another thrilling story of masterpieces, masterminds, and mystery.
For years, there have been whispers that, before his death, Van Gogh completed a final self-portrait. Curators and art historians have savored this rumor, hoping it could illuminate some of the troubled artist's many secrets, but even they have to concede that the missing painting is likely lost forever.
But when Luke Perrone, artist and great-grandson of the man who stole the Mona Lisa, and Alexis Verde, daughter of a notorious art thief, discover what may be the missing portrait, they are drawn into a most epic art puzzles. When only days later the painting disappears again, they are reunited with INTERPOL agent John Washington Smith in a dangerous and deadly search that will not only expose secrets of the artist's last days but draws them into one of history's darkest eras.
Beneath the paint and canvas, beneath the beauty and the legend, the artwork has become linked with something evil, something that continues to flourish on the dark web and on the shadiest corridors of the underground art world.
Alternating between Luke Perrone's perilous hunt for the painting, and a history of stolen art and stolen lives, The Lost Van Gogh is an intricately layered historical thriller perfect for fans of The Last Mona Lisa and The Night Portrait.
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I read the Last Mona Lisa and loved it. This one didnt disappoint. If you loved the Da Vinci Code, this is for you.
I really enjoyed this book a lot! In the vein of Dan Brown's type of fiction but told from a perspective of a writer focused on the art and with the knowledge of someone in the art field to really make this a fun and memorable mysterious romp.
We begin with our protagonists, Luke and Alex, purchasing an inexpensive, old painting, only to find that a treasure hides beneath - a lost portrait of Van Gogh underneath! However, the painting is (of course), stolen, so they team up with Private Investigator Smith, who himself is trying to recover the painting for Interpol. The author did a great job creating his characters and making them interesting. His plot is filled with red herrings red herrings and some twist and turns. I really enjoyed the thriller/treasure hunter aspect of it because it is filled with suspense and intrigue. The book left me wondering if Vincent van Gogh REALLY committed suicide.