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The Perfect Fake (2007)

by Barbara Parker

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Former college sweethearts team up to create a fake one of a kind historical map in a cat & mouse game taking place in Miami, London and Italy. Murders, coverups, lies and secrets -- very entertaining. ( )
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Through the tinted windows, the Miami club district slid away - purple neon, stucco colonnades, people jamming the sidewalks.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525949860, Hardcover)

In New York Times bestselling author Barbara Parker’s brilliant new stand-alone novel, the forgery of a rare five-hundred-year-old map sparks a thrilling chase from Miami to London and the Italian Alps in a remarkable tale of international intrigue.

Tom Fairchild is a man with a past he can’t shake. He’s struggling to make it as a graphic artist, but his probation officer thinks he belongs in jail. When millionaire Miami real estate developer Stuart Barlowe offers him $50,000 to travel to Italy to duplicate a rare Renaissance map, Tom sees a way to solve his problems. The only catch is that Barlowe’s daughter, Allison, a map expert herself, has to supervise the project. Allison and Tom fell in love as teenagers, but that was twelve years ago, and now Allison thinks Tom is lying. There’s no way he can make a perfect copy.

Tom soon suspects that Barlowe wants a forgery, not a duplicate. He just doesn’t know why, and Allison isn’t talking. When people start turning up dead, and Tom and Allison realize they are being tailed by two men—one a ruthless hit man and the other a rogue government agent—it quickly becomes clear that they have no one to trust but each other.

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"Tom Fairchild is a man with a past he can't shake. He's struggling to make it s a graphic artist, but his probation officer thinks he belongs in jail. When millionaire Miami real estate developer Stuart Barlowe offers him $50,000 to travel to Italy to make a perfect copy of a rare Renaissance map, Tom sees a way to solve his problems ... except that Barlowe's daughter, Allison, a map expert herself, is being sent with him to supervise the project. Allison and Tom were lovers in college, but it ended badly. Now Allison is torn between her rekindled desire and her suspicion that Tom is pulling a scam: No one could duplicate a five-hundred-year-old map." "Tom soon suspects that Barlowe wants a forgery, not a duplicate. He just doesn't know why, and Allison isn't talking. When one of Tom's contacts in Europe is murdered, Tom and Allison go on the run, tailed by a ruthless hit man and a rogue government agent. Then Barlowe shows up in Italy demanding his map. Tom will have to deliver if he wants to get out alive."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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