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The Cezanne Chase (Inspector Jack Oxby #2)

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Scotland Yard's art crime detective Jack Oxby tackles the mystery behind the destruction of valuable Cezanne paintings, criss-crossing St. Petersburg, New York City, London, Provence, Boston, and Paris.

When Inspector Jack Oxby links the shocking defacing of two of the 26 extant Cezanne self-portraits in London's National Gallery to a mysterious death outside London, the ch
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Newmarket Press (first published 1997)
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Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), a French Impressionist, painted some twenty-six self-portraits in his lifetime. The portraits range from showing a "fiery theatrical self-interpretation of his a shrunken and timid middle-aged man." Most of these paintings are in prominent museums.

Thomas Swan tells us a tale of the events leading to a 150-year birthday celebration and retrospective of Cezannne's works to take place in January 1989 in Aix-de-Provence, the artist's birthplace. The events concer
Read this for my mystery book club. While I didn't enjoy the violence, I was fascinated by the peek into the world of high-priced art. I didn't know about the fact that big museums have registrars to check works in and out of the museum. How a painting can be replicated was pretty interesting too. Swan has a couple other art-related mysteries, and I'll look for them.
Craig Masten
Wish this book had more about the painter and was less a detective story only using the portrait of the artist like a coveted piece of bling in a jewelry heist. A confusing number of characters, major and minor, all overly described in detail, as were all the many locations in which the events take place. A somewhat tedious read. Sorry.
Good story but choppy.
Hard to keep track of the good guys.
NO character to relate to.
Cezanne self portraits are destroyed.
Nothing creative or interesting here: contrived, who-cares, stick-man characters with phony emotions and a slip-shod plot with all the familiar tropes.
Slow and confusing.
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THOMAS SWAN is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter. Now a full- time writer, he was an ad agency vice president, a senior advertising executive with American Express, a copywriter, and a television producer. He lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.

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