Harold Robbins' The ShroudBook - 2009
Reluctantly accepting a prepaid art investigation case that seems too good to be true, Madison Dupre travels to Dubai only to find herself framed for an art heist involving a seductive Russian agent and a sacred Christian relic.
Art investigator Madison Dupre knew the offer was too good to be true: $20,000 for a quick trip to Dubai, the fantastic Arabian Nights city on the Persian Gulf. The call came from Sir Henri Lipton, a man who was supposed to be dead—and who she sincerely had hoped was burning in hell because he had ruined her career before his violent “demise.” He told her only one tantalizing thing about the piece of art: “Let’s just say it’s a couple thousand years old and was buried with Christ.” The fact the offer came from a man wanted on three continents for art looting was fair warning that there would be a catch.
But with credit collectors and an avaricious landlord pounding at her door, Madison listened when the devil whispered magic words in her ear: $20,000– cash – upfront. There was a catch, of course. A number of them. Sir Henri was up to his neck in conspiracies and needed someone to deflect the danger onto—not to mention frame for the most audacious art theft in history. Dubai, a city that has been called Las Vegas on steroids, would just be the first stop for Madison on a quest that takes her to an ancient Mesopotamian city, the dark streets of exotic Istanbul, Venice at Carnival time, and a cathedral where the most sacred object of Christendom is stored. Along the way, she finds romance in the arms of a Russian agent who she doesn’t trust—and can’t resist.
Blackwell North Amer
The man on the other end of the phone should be dead. Sir Henri Lipton, wanted on three continents for looting and smuggling art and precious antiques, had destroyed Madison Dupre's career before supposedly kicking the bucket. Dupre, a drop dead gorgeous art investigator, had hoped he was buring in hell.
With her reputation in shreds, her bank accounts empty, and creditors pounding down her door, Dupre has no choice but to listen. Twenty-thousand-dollors cash - upfront - just a little trip to Dubai, he tells her, a quick look at a piece of art. And then he makes the offer truly irresistible: the art is two thousand years old and was "buried with Christ." Dupre is hooked ... even though her gut tells here there has to be a catch.
Dubai, so-called called Las Vegas on steroids, is just the first stop on a quest that takes Madison Dupre to an ancient Mesopotamian city, from the dark streets of exotic Istanbul, Venice at carnival time, and to a cathedral where the most sacred object of Christendom is stored. Along the way, she finds danger, cheap thrills and a smoldering desire for a Russian agent she doesn't trust - and can't resist.
Reluctantly accepting from an old nemesis a prepaid art investigation case that seems too good to be true, Madison Dupre travels to Dubai only to find herself framed for an audacious art heist involving a seductive Russian agent and a sacred Christian relic.