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The Amber Room by Steve Berry
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Oct 16, 10

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Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler and her ex-husband Paul are drawn into a deadly hunt for amber panels looted by the Nazis in World War II.

After World War II Karol Borya helped the Soviets recover many treasures looted by the Nazis. One treasure he did not find was the Amber Room, panels of exquisitely carved amber removed from the Soviet Union’s Catherine Palace in 1941. Treasure hunters still search for the Amber Room, 60 years after the war, and long after Borya immigrated to the United States to live a quiet life. But Borya may have known more than he ever told anyone. When he dies unexpectedly, first his daughter Rachel, a judge in Atlanta, and then her ex-husband Paul are drawn into a deadly competition with professional treasure hunters seeking the Amber Room.

Berry’s treasure hunt yarn offers some tricky twists and turns as Rachel and Paul blunder through an unfamiliar world people with ruthless killers. The descriptions of amber and the panels carved from it and the explanations of the history of looting and recovery of art add interest to the story.

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