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When his family’s priceless Cézanne disappears from a local museum, security consultant Del Miller leaves the investigation to the FBI. But that’s before an art dealer alleges that Del’s grandfather, a victim of the Nazi death camps, stole the masterpiece from a Paris gallery seventy years before. After the dealer is found dead, and Del's father is implicated, Del sets out ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published June 17th 2015 by Five Star (ME)

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Susan Swiderski
This may be Barkowski's first published novel, but her writing exhibits an assured maturity and skill rarely seen in a debut book. Sincere thanks to the author for sending me an advanced reading copy. The rest of you? Be prepared to grab a copy when it's released in June. You won't be sorry.

From its clever title to the ambitious tale rooted in the horrors and heroics of Nazi-occupied France, and blossoming in modern-day America, the author does a beautiful job demonstrating how the events of hi
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Mason
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The past comes flying back to the present bringing secrets, sadness, memories and betrayal in V.R. Barkowski’s captivating debut novel, A TWIST OF HATE.

Former homicide inspector turned security consultant Del Miller is surprised that his parents loaned the local museum their painting of the Cézanne. When it turns up missing his mother, who works at the museum, asks for his help in finding the painting. Del refuses insisting the FBI be called in as the painting, smuggled out of Nazi occupied Fran
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Kelley
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC received courtesy of Goodreads.com giveaway

I loved this book. The story spanned from WWII France to present day San Francisco. The author did a beautiful job linking the past to the present without losing the reader. I believe that this is at least the second novel in a series because there is a backstory that I didn't have. However, I enjoyed the novel without reading whatever came first. This author is new to me, but I will be on the lookout for much more to come from her. I'm excited to s
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Hart Johnson
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic debut. I counted five separate mysteries, beautifully twined together. This story is set in current day, among the elite art community in the San Francisco area, but ties in an escape from Nazi occupied France and the newly contested ownership and theft of an important painting. The characters were compelling, slightly flawed or damaged, their interactions sometimes tense, and the plotting was masterful. I definitely recommend this.

Note: I received an ARC of this book to pre
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A TWIST OF HATE is a beautiful written story which shows how important history is and how much of an impact it can still have in the modern day. Del Miller’s father was smuggled out of Nazi occupied France and into safety in the United States. The only things Samuel Miller has left of his father are some letters and a priceless Cézanne painting, currently on display at a local museum. Now the painting is missing and bodies are falling in the wake of the disappearance. A TWIST OF HATE shows how o ...more
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VR Barkowski is a native Californian who pens dark fiction from Boston's North Shore. A graduate of UC Berkeley and recovering sociologist, she is a voracious reader, an avid if not intrepid traveller, a lover of animals, music, museums, glass, pottery, graveyards, and water—not necessarily in that order.

Her debut novel,  A TWIST OF HATE, was published in June 2015 by Gale-Cengage Learning/Five St
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