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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 411 comments Dorotea DeVillardi is ninety-one years old, gorgeous, and worth a fortune. Matt Friedrich’s going to steal her.

The Nazis seized Dorotea’s portrait from her Viennese family, then the Soviets stole it from the Nazis. Now it’s in the hands of a Russian oligarch. Dorotea’s corporate-CEO grandson played by the legal rules to get her portrait back, but he struck out. So he’s hired the DeWitt Agency to get it for him – and he doesn’t care how they do it.

Now Matt and Carson, his ex-cop partner, have to steal Dorotea’s portrait from a museum so nobody knows it’s gone, and somehow launder its history so the client doesn’t have to hide it forever. The client’s saddled them with a babysitter: Dorotea’s granddaughter Julie, who may have designs on Matt as well as the painting. As if this wasn’t hard enough, it looks like someone else is gunning for the same museum – and he may know more about Matt and Carson’s plans than he should.

Matt went to prison for the bad things he did at his L.A. art gallery. Now he has a chance to right an old wrong by doing a bad thing for the best of reasons. All he has to do is stay out of jail long enough to pull it off.

Read the first five chapters here.

Stealing Ghosts is available from the following online marketplaces:
ePub: Nook; Kobo; iTunes; Thalia
Trade paperback: Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Indiebound; Vroman's; Angus & Robertson (AU); Book Depository (UK); Chapters Indigo (CA); Thalia (DE); Waterstones (UK)

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 411 comments Speaking of stealing art... this week on Criminal Element, I tell the story of the 2012 Kunsthal Rotterdam heist.

At 3:20 a.m. on October 16, 2012, the Trigion Security control center dispatched two guards to investigate an alarm trip at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. While Trigion supplied onsite guards for the art museum’s visiting hours, after closing, the museum made do with visits by roving security patrols.

By the time the guards arrived, the Rotterdam police were on the scene. They’d walked the perimeter but hadn’t seen anything. The guards entered and found that the alarm belonged to a rear fire exit. When they turned on the lights, they noticed several empty spots on the display partitions near the door...

Read Part 1 of the story here. Part 2 will appear next week.

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 411 comments I'll be appearing at Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach, California on Sunday, 11 March, at 1:00 p.m.

Sharing the program is David Putnam, author of the Bruno Johnson crime-thriller series.

I'll be reading from Stealing Ghosts, my latest art-crime novel. Dave will probably read from The Innocents, his latest. Between us, we'll answer questions, sign books, and figure out what would happen if our respective main characters ever ran into each other (probably nothing good).

Mystery Ink is at 8907 Warner Ave. #135 at Magnolia, just off the 405. Drop by if you're in the neighborhood.

Stealing Ghosts (The DeWitt Agency Files, #2) by Lance Charnes The Innocents (Bruno Johnson #5) by David Putnam

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Lance Charnes (lcharnes) | 411 comments If you're a Kobo VIP member, between 15 March and 19 March you're eligible for 40% off of selected Kobo titles... including Stealing Ghosts . It's a great way to get a an introduction to the DeWitt Agency Files art-crime series.

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Stealing Ghosts (The DeWitt Agency Files, #2) by Lance Charnes

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