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The Art Restorer: A Novel

by Julián Sánchez

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THE ART RESTORER by Julian Sanchez
A mystery unfolds within this tale of art, artists, writers, secrets and beautiful scenery. The locations range around the world and are delightfully rendered. The characters are well developed and engaging. The mystery is interesting and will keep you guessing until the end.
Because this is a translation, you will find a few awkward constructions, but persevere; this tale is well worth it. The main characters, Enrique and his former wife, Bety, find themselves embroiled in controversy when the art restorer and writer researching Sert paintings disappears. Bety and Craig, the restorer, had become friends while he studied the paintings in the museum/church where Bety worked. Enrique, a renowned writer, is enticed to delve into his disappearance and the secret contained in the paintings.
You will learn a bit of history, a bit of art construction, and a bit of the craft of writing, all the while enjoying the intrigue of mystery.
4 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Oct 21, 2014 |
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In this long-awaited sequel to The Antiquarian, the discovery of an enigma concealed in the paintings of the Spanish artist. Sert proves the restoration of the past to be a fascinating but deadly business Enrique Alonso travels from his new home in Manhattan to San Sebastin, Spain, to attend the reopening of the San Telmo museum, where his ex-wife, Bety, works in public relations. There he meets American Craig Bruckner, a retired art restorer studying the museum's collection of works by Sert - a contemporary of Picasso and Dal who worked for the most famous billionaires of his time and whose mural American Progress graces the walls of Rockefeller Center. When Bruckner is found drowned in La Concha bay, Bety suspects foul play and Enrique agrees to help her look into the man's death. Their investigation reveals a mystery connected with Sert's checkered past, which provides fertile ground for the new thriller Enrique is writing, and the plot develops in parallel to his research. Enrique and Bety's reconstruction of the artist's clandestine activities during World War II leads them to Paris, Barcelona, and New York, and in the process forces them to face their own past. But they are not the only ones interested in Sert's work, and it appears there is more to his paintings than meets the eye.… (more)

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